Olivia Rodrigo knew that “Vampire” would get followers excited for her sophomore album, Guts — however cowriter Dan Nigro wasn’t so certain.
Whereas it was one of many first songs written for the album, Nigro, 41, revealed on Monday, October 9, that selecting “Vampire” because the lead single was “undoubtedly one of many hardest selections we needed to make collectively.”
Whereas sitting alongside Rodrigo, 20, at her “An Night With Olivia Rodrigo” occasion in Los Angeles, Nigro joked that he “undoubtedly misplaced a variety of hair” over making the ultimate name.
Whereas he wished “Dangerous Thought, Proper?” to be launched first, everybody else — together with Rodrigo — argued that “Vampire” would “work higher.” Clearly, the “bloodsucker, fame f—ker” lyric in “Vampire” received out ultimately.
“I tortured Dan for therefore lengthy, for months,” Rodrigo mentioned, noting she wished to make the track good. “Like, ‘No, it’s too quick, it’s too gradual, we have to change it by one BPM.’ … We in all probability have 20 variations of various BPM. And no person even notices.”
Rodrigo dropped “Vampire” as the primary single from her second report in June. Following its instant success, the previous Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Sequence star admitted there have been some challenges behind the scenes — primarily in regards to the track’s “fame f—ker” line.
“It was truly a debate whether or not or not ‘fame f–ker’ must be within the track,” Rodrigo recalled on Audacy’s “The Julia Present” in July. “Some folks mentioned, ‘It type of isolates you from folks, you’ll be able to’t actually say issues like that in track, it’s not relatable’ — yada, yada, yada, which I completely get and noticed the place they had been coming from.”
In the long run, nonetheless, Rodrigo respectfully disagreed.
“I believe the track isn’t about fame f–king, I believe it’s extra about somebody being manipulative and sucking you dry, utilizing you for all of your price,” she added. “I believe that’s a common theme, and I additionally assume fame is extra simply accessible now than it has ever been. It’s not simply folks in L.A. and Hollywood that need to take care of that.”
“Vampire” wasn’t the one Guts observe that brought on points within the recording studio. Throughout Monday’s occasion, Rodrigo and Nigro recalled shedding a variety of tears through the 10 months they spent creating the album.
“We cried simply because we had been pissed off,” she shared. “We had been actually toiling.”
Rodrgio went on to recall having “a case of the dread” whereas recording Guts.
“I really feel like we undoubtedly had some difficult moments the place we had been like, ‘How are we gonna do that? Are we good at this?’ We truly coined a time period for it after we had been within the studio and we had been doing actually unhealthy, we referred to as it the dread,” she mentioned. “And generally Dan would catch it, generally I might catch it.”
Their exhausting work in the end paid off. When Guts was launched on September 8, it was fast to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“I’m grateful all of the fucking time💗💗💗” Olivia wrote by way of Instagram, reacting to the information. “Thank u guys for probably the most love crammed, thrilling week.”