Timbaland x MTV Interview, Talks His New Girl Regime & Confirms Rachel Assil As His New Artist
Timbaland, aka Timothy Zachery Mosley, has been responsible for the success of more people than most. From Missy Elliot’s Supa Dupa Fly to Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, the super producer’s career spans 25 years, and he’s nowhere near finished yet. Kicking off his “new regime” of Mosley Music talent by featuring on Pepsi’s Beats Of The Beautiful Game album with his signing Rachel Assil and track Whoever We Are, MTV caught up with Tim to find out more about his next generation of artists and some old – and much missed – friends.
MTV UK: How did you end up featuring on Pepsi’s Beats Of The Beautiful Game album?
Timbaland: Well I sat down with Pepsi and they had a great vision, I saw the vision, and it was a good way to get my music out across the world. I felt like I had a great song with my new artist Rachel Assil that fit perfectly.
MTV UK: Tell us a bit about the song, Whoever We Are…
Tim: I heard the song when Rachel did it, she played it on the piano and I just thought, ‘Wow, this fits the campaign.’ I sent it to Pepsi and they loved it.
MTV UK: There are some other great artists on the Beats Of The Beautiful Game album, like Janelle Monae and Rita Ora; is there anyone on there you’d love to work with?
Tim: Not really. I just want to work with my own people that are with me. I don’t want to work with nobody that’s not a part of Mosley Music. Not right now. I’m building a new regime.
MTV UK: Can you tell us more about your new regime?
Tim: You’ll see, in 2015, I’ve got mostly girls that are signed to me. The first two are very special. I probably haven’t seen this kind of special since Lady Gaga. Or Rihanna. They’re the only two in the last ten or 12 years who are special. It’s not about being good or great, it’s about being special.
MTV UK: It must be a really exciting time for you…
Tim: It’s very exciting. It’s keeping me young, it’s keeping me fresh, it’s keeping me invigorated. Everyone I have around me is the future. They’re kids. 21, 22, 23. Everybody’s young. I might be the oldest one here! I feel like I’m in that movie Divergent, because the new generation is about to happen, and I’m just the father.
MTV UK: How was the experience of executive producing Michael Jackson’s final album, Xscape?
Tim: That whole experience was stressful. For one, it’s emotional, because I’m dealing with death. I had to ask myself, have I dealt with Aaliyah’s death, and my other best friend Static’s death? There’s something very emotional when you hear Michael Jackson’s voice, but you don’t see him; that’s kinda scary. It’s Michael Jackson for God’s sake, why wouldn’t it be stressful? It’s his last album. It all worked out for the good. It’s a great album.
MTV UK: Just back to your work with Pepsi, will that be an ongoing collaboration?
Tim: Yeah, we’re gonna work something out, but that was the first of what we’re starting. We’ll be getting the new regime involved.
MTV UK: What’s the number one thing we should be looking out for from you in the next few months?
Tim: I’m gonna put something out, just a teaser, before the new year. Maybe two things. You’re gonna like it.
Pepsi MAX Beats Of The Beautiful Game is available to download from iTunes now.
Timbaland - Whoever We Are feat. Rachel Assil (2014)