William Orbit on his work on the MDNA album
HungerTV.com sat with British musician and record producer William Orbit who recently released his latest album, Strange Cargo 5, available on SoundCloud. Madonna was an obvious topic in the lenghty conversation and popped out a few times in the interview.
Here are a couple excerpts – check out HungerTV.com for the full story.
Hunger TV:Hello William, it’s good to have you on Hunger TV!.
William Orbit: Hi there! Its a pleasure, I like Hungers visually and culturally hungry thing and I love Rankin; hes such a character and a unique man. One of the last times I saw him, he was taking photos of me. He had me emerging from some sort of chest-of-drawers with a plastic dog on my head or something like that. The very last time, was at a party that I threw for Madonna at China White. My girlfriend had obtained a beautiful beaded xxx Jean Paul Gaultier kilt and M said that if I wore it that night, shed give me all the royalties for the song we were working on that day. Well I didnt hold her to her bet, bless her, but wore the kilt with pride. I noticed that I was constantly being goosed by the girls and Rankin! We need to cherish people like him.
Hunger TV:People got so excited when they knew you were involved in Madonna’s MDNA. How different was it to collaborate with her on these two different projects?
I knew people were excited, they ask me about a new Ray Of Light every minute of the day. Think of it this way: it came about very spontaneously. We were in this studio in a rather unfashionable part of LA where nobody came. I do remember M telling to a guy from the record company “This is art. This is how we are doing it.” It was a very pure experience; it was all about making that record and nothing else.
Shes an amazing person, producer and it was a true collaboration. Its important to get this across; I dont like it when people assume that I was the clever one doing the whole job. Id feel mortified if I was her because she didnt put her name on the production out of vanity, she was fucking in there with me.
We didnt have a plan and though shes good at driving things along, I didnt expect to see her nervous during the first listening party for people at Warner. She never shows it and I mean, that woman has never lost money even on a bad year but still, we were biting our nails!
As for MDNA its important to say that I jumped on the project later on. She also had lots of projects going on at the same time, I honestly dont know how any human being could cope with everything that comes with just being her! Shes such an incredible time manager. I would have mixed it myself if I could, or only together with Madonna because shes a great mixer. We have spirited debates about things but we both always end up in the same direction. I would have also dropped three of the six tracks produced by the other guys, they were not good enough in my opinion; too puerile. As for the remaining three I would have suggested to put more depth and make them more special. I had the best team and other brilliant songs, this is why I am still a bit puzzled to these days but whats done is done so I dont ever give it a second thought.
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