Hit producer and audio engineer Mike Dean has the Midas touch.
The Houston, Tex. native spoke to Billboard about his latest ventures, including his contributions to Beyonce‘s astounding album, Lemonade. Dean dropped some exclusive behind-the-scenes details on the making of Bey’s album, in which he’s credited for producing and writing “Love Drought.”
You wrote and produced “Love Drought” with Beyoncé on Lemonade. What were those sessions like?
We were in the studio together. Just writing sessions. Lotta producers, lotta singers. We’d just have them all collaborate. “Love Drought” was one of the songs that we made. I was just lucky enough for it to make the album. It didn’t change from the day we recorded it. It’s been the same for a couple years. I can’t really talk about that stuff though.
How do you and Beyoncé decide what made the cut with so many people in the room?
It just depends on what the whole crowd likes, I think — what moves people. The studio is kind of like a focus group. It’s like a constant focus group, 24 hours a day. When you’re not in the studio you’re always texting or talking about it.
How is it working with Desiigner?
He’s a lot more of an artist than you think he is. He’s not just some Future knockoff. He talks like that — he sounds like he’s got Auto-Tune on his voice in real life. He talks like Future raps, which is weird.
It’s crazy he’s from Brooklyn.
I don’t know where he got his music influence. Just like that old shit that I had, the shit with A$AP Rocky and Yams and all that shit. Like Yams said they grew up on that music on the Internet. Me and Plain Pat were talking about Desiigner. To older people, listening to music is like soul music or old rock music. To Desiigner though [what’s out now] is all the music he knows.
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