Martin Solveig dishes on working with The Queen of Pop
Pop goddess Madonna is set to drop her 12th studio album M.D.N.A in March this year, which includes collaborations with artists such as Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., William Orbit and Martin Solveig.
Apart from all the jokes flying about the controversial choice of title, a question that has been continually raised is whether Madonna is just phoning it in. Does she really do anything in the studio these days, apart from recording her vocals, or does she just pay producers to do all the hard work? In an exclusive interview with Solveig, the French DJ smashed any such misconception:
"She is as involved as you can be in the recording process. This was a very good and big surprise for me! I was assuming that she would spend only an hour or two in the studio per day and come and see where we were and say, 'Ok I like this, I don't like that. I'll sing this. Bye!' And absolutely not… I mean we co-produced the tracks. It's not just written on the credits 'co-produced by Martin Solveig and Madonna', we literally co-produced the tracks. I mean, at some point she'd want to choose the sound of a snare drum or a synth and that kind of stuff. She was really in the session."
But what surprised Solvieg most about the iconic singer during the recording process?
"The simplicity of the communication," he told us. "The simplicity of the way we communicated on an organisation level. Recording those songs for that album was something that quickly became very natural and I think that really helped us to paint something interesting."