Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Jan 21st 2009 2:00PM by Jamie Murnane
But seriously. The pint-sized (5'1, folks) guitar-wielding virtuoso just wrapped two collaboration sessions with mega-producer/beatmaster Timbaland in his Miami studio for an as-yet-undecided project.
"He doesn't really work with a specific project in mind," King tells Spinner. "So, right now we're just making tracks. We've been starting at about midnight and staying in the studio until about 8 a.m., just being really creative. You can play something and he'll be like, 'No, I don't like that,' and it goes in the trash and you never hear it again. It's a little intimidating, but you can also really see why he is who he is and how he's been able to do all that he's done. "
King is quick to note that the two work with different goals in mind. Namely, "Tim," as she calls him, wants a hit.
"He [doesn't] waste time with esoteric bulls---," King says, noting she's taken a few shots from Timbaland for being "too out there." "It's teaching me that I can do just as good with two notes as I can with 10. Overplaying is super easy, but it doesn't make a good track."
Meanwhile, King just finished recording an EP for her forthcoming Australian and European tours, titled 'The Mexican Teenagers EP.' That effort, like the Timbaland sessions, finds King expanding her musical horizons with a "bigger, heavier sound," thanks, in part, to her use of an electric baritone guitar.
"I've had people ask me, 'Oh, so, did you play the bass or did someone else?' and I'm like, 'That's one guitar,'" King says. "[The sound] is definitely new territory for me."