Skrillex Reveals Different Versions Of Jack U & Bieber's 'Where Are U Now' [VIDEO]
In a new video interview with New York Times, Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber break down the making of their collaborative hit "Where Are Ü Now," the second single from the Jack Ü album debut. As they explain the collaborative process and exactly how they created the song, Diplo and Skrillex play back sounds and versions of the track when it was still in progress.
The interview was conducted as a part of a case study on how today's pop hits are made. As NY Times reporter Jon Pareles describes it, "Where Are Ü Now" is an "electronic confection facilitated online," meaning Bieber was not there during the whole production and had to trust where Skrillex and Diplo would take it.
"Diplo, Skrillex, Uh, I don't really know if that's where I want to go," Bieber said at one point, until he heard what Skrillex and Diplo did and said, "Oh my gosh, this is blowing my mind."
The video reveals the precision and care that went into the song. Even more, it shows just how much of it was more than sounds, patterns and structures but rather, the feelings they evoke. Bieber elaborates on how Skrillex and Diplo spent hours on sounds to get them absolutely perfect. Skrillex compared this sound design process to painting.
"If you compare it to a painter, so much of the process until the eleventh hour is just getting the colors right."
Oh and the "flute" sound... it's actually Justin Bieber's voice, and they show you exactly how they created it. Watch Skrillex, Diplo and Bieber recount the making of the song in the video interview below, and then read the full New York Times story here. New York Times story here.