He calls her “so inspiring and a master on the mic.”
This year’s music needed Justin Tranter.
The Semi Precious Weapons frontman is partly responsible for some of the best-performing songs in 2015, including many of Selena Gomez’s Revival tracks, like “Good For You,” “Revival,” “Hands to Myself”, “Me & the Rhythm”, “Body Heat” and “Perfect.” He also helped co-write Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Gwen Stefani’s “Used To Love You” and Fifth Harmony’s “Like Mariah.”
Tranter tells NewNowNext he labels himself a queer artist, but writes songs that anyone can relate to and reimagine.
“When I first started writing music I wanted to be an extremely queer, political singer-songwriter,” he said. “I do believe it is okay to label yourself a queer artist, and you can still appeal to straight people, because my point of view is specifically queer, because I am queer. But my experience can relate to all sorts of people.”
Tranter is teaming up with songwriter Julia Michaels for Britney Spears’ forthcoming record, dubbed B9, and by the sound of it… it’s shaping up to be a monster record.
“Working with Britney is a f*cking dream,” he said. “She is so sweet, so inspiring and a master on the mic. Me and Julia had to leave the studio one day because our screams of excitement after every take she did were distracting the producers.”
Tranter also had a few things to say about a few other massive pop stars.
It’s a f*cking honor to have a song with one of the biggest artists in the world. I was going to say the biggest, but Adele just came back. But he’s one of the biggest, say, top 5 of this year. It feels crazy. How the f*ck did this happen? But, “Sorry” just happened. Chelsea, who works for Bieber and Scooter [Braun] brought in the whole group, and wanted to get me and Julia in to write for the album. We were played some tracks that were available for the album that Bieber loved, including this Blood Diamonds and Skrillex track that we just loved and we sat down and wrote something in like 45 minutes, then left and went to dinner. The next day everyone was like, ’This might be Bieber’s biggest record. He’s going to go in tomorrow and do his thing,’ and it was just amazing.
Gwen came in and was like, ’I don’t give one f*ck about the radio, about hits, I just need to tell the truth.’ I was so here for it. Of everyone that I’ve worked with, Gwen and Courtney Love are the two I’m like super fans for. But me and Gwen got to do a lot more. She’s an icon.
I love that now I can write songs from an extremely queer point of view and have a mainstream artist sing them, and the whole world can relate to them. Like, I related to “Good For You” by Selena Gomez because my ex boyfriend, he preferred the more femme that I dressed; The more heels, the more dress, the more makeup, the more turned on he was… With “Good For You” there’s me, there’s [co-writer] Julia Michaels, there’s Selena, there’s a lot of different point of views involved. The fact that it’s interpreted in different ways is amazing. That song specifically meant so much to Selena, and it’s so beautiful to watch something that meant a lot to you take on this whole new meaning for the artist. It was a dream come true.
Are you ready for B9?