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T: Pressure makes diamonds.

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T: She might, but I don't. I don't go to bed angry,
ever.
A: You look at most people... Maybe there are some
couples in here that work together. It's rare, but we
are designed that that works best for us. We couldn't work any other way. No, we're not the kind of
people that want to go to bed angry. And if I'm
being a little bitchy or something, or if I'm having
an attitude, he kind of does whatever it takes to get
me out of that mood and I'm good.
T: We kind of have a genius alliance going, you
know, because she's so prolific. For me, I have to
stew and think about it. She's so prolific. She's
like a Picasso, she can just do a hundred songs in
a day ... almost ... not really. But it's pretty
remarkable, her output. So I think if she's in
that mode, I know to just kind of give her the
space. And then I have this other thing that I do
and she gives me my space. So we give each
other lots of space, but yet always come back to
the work. And the work has to be fantastic.

There's the pull quote for this interview.
A: Yeah, it's true. We manage ourselves. When I
say we, I mean kind of, I do, because-as you
can tell by him wearing the sunglasses indoors
and shit-he's like...
T: Severe social anxiety disorder. [laughter]
A: So he's like in the bat cave all the time, and
I'm the one who has a lot of connections, and I
know a lot of people, and have a close family.
And we've created a family with Rock Mafia,
because we're trying to bring music back in its
purer sense. So when you go into our studio it's
kind of like family. Everybody's taking care of
each other; everyone likes each other. We eat

together a lot of times. It's a really great place.
But there is a bit of a pressure, because we love
everybody that we work with and we want to
make sure that we can keep the coal in the fire
and that everyone's warm and that everyone's
taken care of. So, yeah, there is a little bit of
pressure, but it all seems to be working out.
T: Just to reiterate, Rock Mafia really is a team. I
mean, everything you heard in that montage
was built by our group or team. I mean, we feel
like the Lakers. I know Antonina and I get to
have all this fun, but we have Devrim and
Dubkiller and Steve and Danny and Taz, and all
these amazing musicians who are just fantastic
and who make us as good as we are.
Don't miss Part 2 in next month's Insider!

Do you complement each other? Do you do top line
and Tim does beats and production? Or are you
both capable of doing everything, and it depends
on the situation?
A: I think we do both. He's much more of a
musician than I am, so he tends to do more of
the stuff driven by production.
T: We both have done really amazing things in
the studio that are different than what we are
probably...
A: ...masters at.
And you even finish each other's sentences. That
says something!
T: I'll give you an example. In the lyric/melody
department, when we're up against the wall, I
know she's gonna come through 100% of the
time. So we are both doing it, but at some point
you go, "I don't know what to do." I can close
the door, leave her in there and walk back in an
hour, and it's always right. So that's a pretty
amazing thing. And I feel like, on the other
hand, on the production side when the mix isn't
right, or radio is saying, "Hey, can we get a different mix?" I know she can close the door, come
back a couple days later-actually a little
longer-and it's right.
How much pressure do you feel now that you are so
in demand and you're famous? You've got a team of
people who work with you every day and all these
families that must rely on you, and artists that rely
on you. Does that stem the flow of creativity or
does it drive you further?
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