Rexha and Guetta have an intuitive bond as musicians, the form of innate ebb and movement usually reserved for lifelong buddies. That stage of compatibility could cause friction, however the pressure 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 lately, “I am Good (Blue).”
The chemistry between Rexha and Guetta is world-class, however their journey has been rocky at occasions.
Rexha’s title was initially left off the marquee for “Hey Mama,” a music that—unbeknownst to most people—was one of many greatest hits of her profession on the time. Legal professionals had been concerned earlier than Rexha was given due credit score for her contributions. Thankfully, 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 believe [Guetta] and I’ve such unbelievable 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 suppose additionally it got here right down to me having the ability to combat and the sort of staff I had round me on the time.”
“Additionally, I believe, an absence of perception from different folks,” Rexha continues. “That is completely positive for me as a result of I really feel like my ardour for music is at all times preserving me within the recreation. I at all times sort of show folks mistaken 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 positive 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 analogous 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 stated, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ He stated, ‘I am truly recording and writing.’ And I stated, ‘Properly, can I simply drop by?’ And I had dropped by his session that he had that day. That they had performed me this remix of the Eiffel 65 music and we had been simply having enjoyable. It was sort of only a enjoyable second of a remix. We did not suppose something of it. We did not suppose it’d ever come out. It was only a enjoyable second.”
“He ended up taking part in it at a competition,” she continues. “Any individual took a video of it and posted it on YouTube, after which any person took the YouTube clip and put it on TikTok, after which it simply exploded. It is loopy to me how the music is actually 5 years outdated. I at all times simply considered it as a enjoyable music. I by no means took it severely. So to me, it is actually humorous. It is like at all times the songs I by no means count on.”
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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 Dwelling” with Money Money and “Tougher” 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 in terms of 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 massive 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 believe it’ll come again actually, actually massive as a result of we have been cooped up in our homes for thus 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 undertaking but.
“My album is 80% accomplished,” 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 essentially the most, I believe, constant album that I’ve had. Often, I put a complete bunch of completely completely different sounds, however this has been a extremely targeted album. It is like an actual artist undertaking and I am actually excited to place it out and it’ll come ahead of later.”
Rexha took a break from album-tinkering to go to Sin Metropolis, the place the pop famous person carried out at JBL Fest at Virgin Motels Las Vegas on September twenty seventh. A model ambassador for JBL, Rexha was amped for the week’s festivities.
“I 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 consistently listening to my demos and listening to music. This fest is so enjoyable. I believe this yr I am excited to see Doja Cat and The Child LAROI and Martin Garrix. It is an unbelievable 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 is not 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 acquired my coronary heart damaged, I bear in mind listening to Adele and even, No Doubt’s ‘Do not Communicate.’ Once I hearken to that, it hit a unique manner,” Rexha says. “I used to be on the Nick Jonas tour. I used to be in a bar and I bear in mind, No Doubt’s ‘Do not Communicate’ approaching. And I used to be simply bawling my eyes out. That’s positively my blue music.”
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