Sean Lennon recently spoke to Paper Magazine about his experience working with Lana Del Rey and how featuring on her new record came about. You can read what he said below.
You also worked with Lana Del Rey on her new album, Lust for Life. How did that happen?
I was producing the Insecure Men album at my studio and I got a call from Lana, which really surprised me because we had never met, and I was a big fan of hers. She called me and said, “I have a song that I want you to work on with me.” I said, sure, and she sent me her vocal with a guitar and an organ. It was very minimal, but the song was already very good. I remember thinking “Her voice sounds so beautiful and rich and textured that I need to get a better vocal mic.” I was too scared to sing on the same song as her with one of my shitty microphones. So I called an engineer friend of mine, I said “Listen, you gotta help me, I gotta do this song tomorrow or the next day- I need a good vocal mic.” And he hooked me up with his friend [who let me use a mic Johnny Cash sang through.]
I’m really excited because my whole life I never really bothered to get a good mic because I never really considered myself a singer. So I sang through this mic and it really felt like it changed my life. I had never heard my voice sound that good.
I sat and I re-harmonized the song and I played every instrument I could think of – drums, timpani, upright bass, guitar, acoustic guitars, keyboard, strings. I essentially muted the music that she had sent which I was a little nervous about, but it wasn’t that what she sent wasn’t working, it was that it wasn’t in the same harmonization that I was doing. I sent it back to her and she said it’s perfect! The first time.
I don’t think magically, I’m very scientific minded, but it felt like the universe was reaching down and giving me a nice gift because it really felt like a blessing out of nowhere and I’m very happy about it.
Lennon features on the track titled “Tomorrow Never Came” from Lust For Life.