Maroon 5 Interview
Heartthrob singer Adam Levine tells us about the groups new record and wanting to work with Eminem...
We caught up with the LA native in his hotel suite over lunch while he was in the UK for a one-off gig. Maroon 5's follow up to massive selling album Songs About Jane is out this month.
Q: Hi Adam, How are you finding the UK?
A: I love it here. Its our home away from home. Weve been coming here on and off for a few years.
Q: How was your gig last night?
A: It was beautiful. Its always wonderful to see our fans. Thats the energy that we thrive off. They give us everything when we come over here.
Q: Is it true you were DJing in the met bar the other night?
A: Mickey our bass player was doing the spinning. I wasnt there as Im a recluse!
Q: Tell us about the new album It Wont be soon Before Long?
A: The songs are better and more fully realised. The production is more unique and bigger sounding- It has a fuller range and I take more risks vocally.
Q: You worked with producers Mike Elizondo (Eminem) and Mark Stent (Bjork, Gwen Stefani), how did they contribute?
A: A bands ability to self edit is never good. They took our ideas and harnessed them in a good way. All the producers were great in different ways.
Q: Who would you like to collaborate with?
A: Eminem or Dr Dre would be ideal. Hopefully it could happen if all goes well.
Q: You've said this album is sexier, how is it?
A: It has a larger penis. (He laughs)
Q: Is it more romantic?
A: There more romantic moments, more depressing moments and more sexual moments.
Q: Who were your musical heroes growing up?
A: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, The Police, I still value them as much as ever.
Q: Do you like any new British artists?
A: I like the new Arctic Monkeys album. Amy Winehouse has an unbelievable voice, I had no idea shes English. I like James Morrison too.
Q: Did you anticipate so much success for Maroon 5?
A: I think that this level of success is cool. We always dreamed about going platinum but selling 10 million records is f***ing crazy. We were shocked at the hugeness of everything. With this album we wanna sell 57 Billion though!
Q: Are you back in Britain soon?
A: We cant wait to get back to the UK for more gigs. I love coming here its a slightly different version of home but more British.