Selena Gomez On Her Fetish For Remixes, Cheese & The Late '60s
Selena Gomez lights up a room like only a true superstar can. So much so that you get the sense that she has the same rare effect anywhere, let alone in a recording studio, on a film set or at a photo shoot.
As it relates to her music, the 25-year-old singer/songwriter has satiated fans in 2017 with the release of two mega singles, "Bad Liar" and "Fetish." Are these "droplets" — as she affectionately calls them — a hint of something bigger on the way? "Special things are happening," she smiles.
We caught up with the multitalented singer/songwriter/actress to uncover how the seeds for "Fetish" were planted years ago, where her head is at with regard to a new album, her favorite casserole dish, and the era Selena Gomez really belongs to.
"Fetish" has been a song of the summer pick for many outlets. What made you want to collaborate with Gucci Mane on this track?
I actually worked with Gucci six years ago on a movie called Spring Breakers. And he went away for a little while … and I loved him (laughs). But I've always been a huge fan … we FaceTimed in Miami [and] I asked if I could send him a few songs. He was always vocal about his music tastes. I sent him three songs and he immediately gravitated towards "Fetish."
Two days later, he texted me. … He finished his verse and sent it to me. He was like, "Do you like this? Should I change anything?" He was super sweet about it. It kind of happened organically, which I find is the best way to collaborate with anybody — finding some mutual ground. And that became "Fetish."
Speaking of which, you just dropped the "Fetish" remix with Galantis. What sparked that?
Remixes are really important because to me. My first single ever when I was 16 was "Naturally," and it was kind of an EDM dance track. It wasn't really that prevalent, but the remixes became really popular. That was the first area I got acknowledged in and it's become such a huge space for everybody to be in. I find when I do a song that I feel will be an appropriate remix, it happens in a way where I want the top people to be a part of it or to see who wants to do it, obviously. Then it becomes you sending it to wherever they are, and then back and forth. [This remix with Galantis] became one of those things. Every song I have I always feel like there is a favorite remix.
You've teased a forthcoming collaboration with Marshmello. And earlier this year you released "It Ain't Me" featuring Kygo. What is inspiring you to go in an EDM direction?
I think it's fun to acknowledge all the spaces. At this point, I'm really lucky to experiment in different areas. With "Good For You," and then having "Bad Liar" and then "Fetish," I felt like I could exist in different spaces with the tone that I had and figure out who I loved working with and the story of what they're going through. I want to have a voice in different areas that I feel like is something I can relate to. Then I love people so then there's that. You hang out with people and you want to work with them because they're great people. That happens too. I've always wanted to try different things with my music.
Details have been scarce on a new album. Can you reveal any new information?
As far as an album, I feel like people — especially my fans — digest music so quickly. The music I've worked on, I actually feel like I have an album complete. But there's still some part of me that feels like I want to make sure it's going to say everything I want to say, because I don't really have moments where I can take that back. And it's not as easy to do that when you're older. I feel when you're younger you can be a little impressionable and you say things that maybe you can take it back. But now I'm holding on to my words more than ever. And that's important. They have a lot more weight now. So I'm a little nervous. I'm waiting to see when the right moment is.
So if we were betting, could we see a new album by the end of the year?
I don't know by the end of the year. I mean, special things are happening. There are little things that are coming. Knowing me, and everybody who does know me, I could say, "Next week, let's put out an album." And they would shake their heads and say, "Alright, let's do this. It's Selena." Story of my life (laughs).
In Vogue's 73 Questions, you mentioned that if you weren't in music or film you'd be a chef. If you're hosting a dinner party, what are you going to whip up?
I love casseroles. It would probably contain a lot of cheese. I'd have a cheese board. Actually, my entire dinner party would be themed by cheese — casseroles, bread with cheese, tomatoes.
What's your No. 1 casserole?
Probably [my] broccoli-cheddar-chicken casserole.
You've mentioned previously that you feel you were born in the "wrong era." What era should Selena Gomez have been born in?
I think everybody kind of feels that way once in their life. I have periods where I go in phases. It kind of teeters on the edge of the '70s and maybe the late '60s. And that's a huge part of music, I think, just because of how it makes you feel. And then what was happening and the headspace everyone was in [with] technology [and] film. I feel like that [era] would be cool.