The inspiration for Lady Gaga‘s hyperactive NUMBER ONE ALBUM Chromatica came from one magical place: the dance floor. Now, every Friday on her brand new GAGA RADIO show on Apple Music, she honors the larger-than-life genre of dance music by speaking with the DJs, divas, and producers who inspired her and who helped bring Chromatica to life. And each episode will include an exclusive DJ mix from one of Gaga’s guests. It’s a celebration of dance music when we need it most.
“The last few weeks I’ve been figuring out different ways at home that I can be of service to what I would call the singular global community, one that I believe to be kind in nature, one that I believe to be very special to my heart and I believe to the hearts of many,” Gaga said. “And so I’ve been thinking of all the ways that I can be someone that contributes to the society and the world. I’m super thrilled, excited to have this show and this opportunity to play an incredible mix of music every week…”
On the first episode airing this Friday, August 7, Gaga catches up with friend and Chromatica executive producer, BloodPop®. The two talk about the making of the album and the challenges that came along with it including depression and self doubt. Through it all, gratitude and friendship are what made Chromatica possible.
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Preview clip: Lady Gaga on mental and emotional release when putting out ‘Chromatica’
Lady Gaga: I felt a much more like mental, emotional release with that record where I feel like I kind of was like, goodbye. Like I love you and goodbye, and everything that I’ve put inside of you, all of the thoughts, all of the music, all the sound, everything that I’ve left inside of you, I’d like for you to go out into the world, and I would like you to never come inside of me again.
BloodPop®: Yeah. It was definitely on some level, like an exorcism.
Lady Gaga: Chromatica for me, was the portal that you and I opened in the studio where we would open the portal and I’d go, “Okay, talent, creativity, voice from above, sign from above, come inside me, tell me what to say, tell me what to do,” and most all of it was what I was truly feeling. There was really only two things that could happen to me on any given day. I could either write a song and you’d be there to capture it, or I’d be upstairs on the porch and I wouldn’t write the song. I would just stare into the open sky and chain smoke cigarettes and cry. (silence).
Preview clip: Lady Gaga and BloodPop on their favorite memories
What’s your favorite memory on making Chromatica with me? Even though I feel like we’re still making it
BloodPop®: I think maybe the first time we played you Rain On Me with the new bass line. Because you had come to the point where you’re like, “The name of the album is Chromatica. I’m finishing it. I’m doing this, I’m doing that,” and you were just fully geared up ready to go to Chromatica. Then we did this major change. We weren’t sure if you were going to … Because it was quite a big change and …
Lady Gaga: It was a huge change.
BloodPop®: I just remember you playing it super loud and you’re like, “That bass line. The bass line” That was a good day, and you and Ari cutting Rain On Me and you’re like, “What if you tried this take with some dancing?” She was like, “Huh?”
Lady Gaga: She was like, “Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Gaga, Gaga, Gaga. Oh my god, Gaga.”
BloodPop®: That was amazing too.