Rexha and Guetta have an intuitive bond as musicians, the type of innate ebb and circulation usually reserved for lifelong buddies. That stage of compatibility may cause friction, however the rigidity is eclipsed by cohesion. The pair have repeatedly churned out smash songs collectively: “Say My Identify” (with J. Balvin), “Hey Mama” (with Nicki Minaj) and, most just lately, “I am Good (Blue).”
The chemistry between Rexha and Guetta is world-class, however their journey has been rocky at occasions.
Rexha’s identify was initially left off the marquee for “Hey Mama,” a tune that—unbeknownst to most of the people—was one of many largest hits of her profession on the time. Legal professionals had been concerned earlier than Rexha was given due credit score for her contributions. Luckily, the 2 sides have since mended and redefined their friendship. That is evident within the success of their data.
“The music brings you collectively. I feel [Guetta] and I’ve such unimaginable chemistry,” Rexha tells EDM.com at JBL Fest in Las Vegas. “I used to be actually upset and damage at the moment. It was bizarre. I really feel like there have been a number of conditions the place I wasn’t actually protected. I assume additionally it got here right down to me having the ability to combat and the sort of crew I had round me on the time.”
“Additionally, I feel, an absence of perception from different individuals,” Rexha continues. “That is completely nice for me as a result of I really feel like my ardour for music is at all times protecting me within the recreation. I at all times sort of show individuals fallacious and I am simply grateful to be doing what I do. There was a extremely very long time that I used to be upset with him and indignant with him and damage, most significantly. However we’re nice now. We nonetheless have our moments. We nonetheless have our moments. It is like a brother-sister relationship. It truly is.”
Very similar to her intangible reference to Guetta, Rexha’s success has very a lot been a narrative of trusting her instinct. Her hit single “Meant to Be,” a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, was the byproduct of a last-minute studio session invite.
Rexha’s hit-making behavior with Guetta adopted an identical trajectory. An impromptu get-together between the now frequent collaborators resulted in “I am Good” and “Hey Mama.”
“It was a last-second session the day of,” Rexha explains. “I hit up David randomly as a result of I noticed on social media that he was in London. I mentioned, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ He mentioned, ‘I am truly recording and writing.’ And I mentioned, ‘Properly, can I simply drop by?’ And I had dropped by his session that he had that day. They’d performed me this remix of the Eiffel 65 tune and we had been simply having enjoyable. It was sort of only a enjoyable second of a remix. We did not assume something of it. We did not assume it’d ever come out. It was only a enjoyable second.”
“He ended up enjoying it at a competition,” she continues. “Any person took a video of it and posted it on YouTube, after which anyone took the YouTube clip and put it on TikTok, after which it simply exploded. It is loopy to me how the tune is actually 5 years previous. I at all times simply considered it as a enjoyable tune. I by no means took it significantly. So to me, it is actually humorous. It is like at all times the songs I by no means anticipate.”
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Rexha may be very well-acquainted with the digital dance music scene. She cooked up “Within the Identify of Love” with Martin Garrix, “Take Me Residence” with Money Money and “More durable” with Jax Jones, amongst different high-profile collabs. Trying into her cauldron, Rexha sees an EDM takeover on the horizon of mainstream music.
“I am additionally a nerd relating to making an attempt to learn the panorama of music and the place it is going as a songwriter. We have seen hip-hop take over, actually large on all of the charts. Now what we’re beginning to see is a takeover of dance music,” Rexha predicts. “Dance music is coming again and I feel it should come again actually, actually large as a result of we have been cooped up in our homes for therefore lengthy and now it is like we lastly need to be free.”
Rexha is placing the ending touches on her hotly anticipated third studio album. The 2-time Grammy nominee is closing in on her most uncooked and cohesive challenge but.
“My album is 80% completed,” Rexha says. “I have been engaged on it. It is a actually cool sound and mixture of all of the genres that I have been sort of part of. It has been probably the most, I feel, constant album that I’ve had. Often, I put an entire bunch of completely totally different sounds, however this has been a extremely centered album. It is like an actual artist challenge and I am actually excited to place it out and it should come earlier than later.”
Rexha took a break from album-tinkering to go to Sin Metropolis, the place the pop celebrity carried out at JBL Fest at Virgin Lodges Las Vegas on September twenty seventh. A model ambassador for JBL, Rexha was amped for the week’s festivities.
“I really like working with JBL as a result of I’m really a giant fan of their product and I actually consider in it,” she says. “I imply, I’ve so many JBL audio system round my home. I am continuously listening to my demos and listening to music. This fest is so enjoyable. I feel this 12 months I am excited to see Doja Cat and The Child LAROI and Martin Garrix. It is an unimaginable lineup… I simply really feel good as a result of it is a product that I actually stand behind and that I actually like. It isn’t like a kind of false conditions the place you are similar to, ‘Yeah, purchase this speaker.’ I actually, really love the product.”
Rexha seems to be firing on all cylinders between the worldwide chart-topping success of her newest Guetta collaboration and a killer present at JBL Fest. She’s doing good, however she has a few songs on reserve for if she is ever feeling blue.
“I really feel like some, like, good Adele, ? Once I obtained my coronary heart damaged, I keep in mind listening to Adele and even, No Doubt’s ‘Do not Converse.’ Once I hearken to that, it hit a unique means,” Rexha says. “I used to be on the Nick Jonas tour. I used to be in a bar and I keep in mind, No Doubt’s ‘Do not Converse’ approaching. And I used to be simply bawling my eyes out. That’s positively my blue tune.”
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