Fernando Garibay talks about working on the album, due May 23.
By Jocelyn Vena
When Lady Gaga released her Born This Way track listing Monday, "Born This Way" producer Fernando Garibay's name was all over it — as was expected, considering he worked intimately with Gaga to produce the tracks that made the final cut. In late February, Garibay spoke to MTV News in detail about Mother Monster's vision for her highly anticipated release.
"She asked me to musically direct the album with her," he explained. "Basically, that means for me, that meant to push her vision out for these records, for the album, but every song is really special.
"Every song tells almost like a musical. It just kind of keeps going forward. We did this [dance] song that possibly might be the third single; it's called 'Marry the Night.' It's probably one of my favorite songs on the album. It tells about being yourself and individuality and never forgetting who you are."
Garibay explained how he and Gaga, along with the other producers on the album such as RedOne and DJ White Shadow, worked on the album.
"What's interesting is that the great thing about dance songs is for me most of the time they start off as ballads and that's the approach I've been trying to keep going," he said. "We wrote songs, particularly Gaga wrote these songs, to live in a dance environment. Yeah, they're dance, but I think the whole thing, too, is that they're songs and genuine to her."
Fans are excited to see what Gaga has up her always-evolving sleeve on this album. And while Garibay knows what it sounds like, he won't give away too many details other than the fact that he's really proud of it.
"I'm excited about the whole album. I'm proud of the way we got together and made this album," he said. "It's a collective of some cool people all trying to facilitate her and to explore her vision, her statement. I'm excited for albums to be albums again, and this is leading in that direction. ... I think the message, the big statement was obviously the single, and I think it's the single, 'Born This Way,' serves as an introduction to the album. Again, it's a statement about equality."Related Videos