in Denmark. Born to make music. Born to produce the most mysterious
and anticipated single in Donna's career... He's Peter Stengaard,
the young, talented producer/writer/arranger who's given us I
GOT YOUR LOVE.
all, the most obvious question: how did this "Summer connection"
I met Bruce
Roberts here in LA a couple of years ago. We started working
together right away and he played me the early stages of IGYL.
I started working up the track for it and when I had a good sense
of where it was going we started recording more vocals with Donna.
intimidated by the perspective of working with a living legend?
Oh yeah (smiles)
but she's so sweet and down to earth...
in the studio when Donna was laying her vocals?
did most of the vocals in London actually.
a Donna fan before you knew her?
a fan of Donna? (smiles)
I GOT YOUR
LOVE sounds fresh and dynamic without being too aggressive: it's
the perfect dance track that sounds great on the radio. I guess
that's a quality you felt was right for the song...
Yeah, and it's
what Donna is really - great songs that make you wanna dance...
It's very simple.
previewed on SEX & THE CITY was heavier on the drums, if
I'm not mistaken. Was that a demo?
it had more percussion stuff on it I think...
As a producer,
how often do you have to ask yourself: "who's going to buy
this, who's going to play it"?
I try not to
think about that when I actually work in the studio. I know what
I like and it usually translates to everybody else if I'm really
into it myself. I perform instruments and arrange at the same
time and I have to keep an artistic flow. I still think most
people want the music they buy to be more "art" than
"product" - if you know what I mean...
Is it easier
for you to produce your own songs or other people's?
I know I'd go crazy if another producer messed up my song. (laughs)
So is your
approach any different?
I produce a song that I didn't write I try to look for something
the writer didn't anticipate. Sometimes there's a not obvious
way to do a song that is brilliant - there are soo many good
songs but they have to sound a little different to become hits
and get noticed. When I write and produce my own songs I usually
get the whole concept for lyric/melody/production at the same
time... When I get that I wanna finish writing it asap, so I
can get to producing it the way I heard it and see if it all
listen to some Donna music before - or perhaps after - working
She's a part of music history and everybody should know her music.
There's so much to learn from her... I wish every singer I work
with would study her vocals. I saw her live for the first time
here in LA last week... I thought I knew how good she is but
I didn't - she's just SO amazing live... And when I talked to
her after the show she actually said she felt a little ruff that
day... I was like "ummm...ok".
fans, including myself, hope this is just the beginning of a
fruitful collaboration between you and The Diva. Any plans to
work together again in the future?
a great compliment. Can I just say that I think there will be
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