Hayley and Taylor talked to journalist Chuck Crisafulli about the creative process for their first GRAMMY-winning song ‘Ain’t It Fun’, including an unexpected emotional element. Read below what they had to say.
Taylor York: This song was a complete surprise. I came up with a lot of ideas that I thought sounded like what we were supposed to write — big rock guitar riffs that would have fit on our earlier records. As I played each idea for Hayley she’d say, “Yeah, that’s cool but what else do you have?” I went through everything I had until I got to the last idea — one that I wasn’t planning on showing her because I thought she’d hate it. But it was all I had left. She got excited about it and from there the song just built organically and naturally. It all came together in a sound and a style that we had never really explored. The fact that “Ain’t It Fun” came together so easily and worked so well really was the turning point for the writing process of the whole record, and it helped us fall in love with the writing and recording process at a new level. The music was something that I had felt connected to, but I didn’t think it was Paramore. It turned out that whatever we feel connected to absolutely is Paramore.
Hayley Williams: I remember walking into Taylor’s hotel room one of the first days [after] our move to L.A. to make our next album. He played that little marimba part on a loop. I thought it was so cool — I went straight back to my room to get pens and a notebook. By the time I got there I already had a melody, and by the time I got back to Taylor’s room I already had the first few lines of lyrics.
We started demoing vocal parts in Taylor’s room and when we got to the bridge we felt like we needed to hold on a root note and let the tension build with a lot of voices. Taylor and I stacked our voices about 10 different times and it sounded unbelievable — but not in a good way. We decided that we needed really good singers to come in and get it right. A couple of months later we’re recording at Sunset Sound and a local gospel choir comes in, and by the second practice run-through it was perfect. I welled up with tears because I’ve loved gospel music all my life and to hear a choir singing our parts — belting out that harmony — it just felt insane to be in a band that could have that kind of amazing moment as part of our song. All of a sudden we felt big, like we had really made it. Yes, we’ve got a gospel choir on our record. This is really happening.
Paramore won Best Rock Song for “Ain’t It Fun,” at the 57th GRAMMY Awards marking the first GRAMMY wins of their respective careers. Watch the music video for ‘Ain’t It Fun’ below.
Hayley will be appearing in Taylor Swift’s new music video for ‘Bad Blood’. The video was being filmed yesterday in Los Angeles, CA. She was spotted on the set with Taylor, Lily Donaldson and Cara Delevingne. Apparently the video will have multiple cameos and the scenes will feature kick boxing and samurai swords with all ladies. At least Hayley had a body double on the set.
Below new photo of Hayley from the set, see more new photos in our gallery.
Paramore talked to MTV News about what music they listen to and which songs are on their playlist.
“I think that half the time, the things that are on the charts — somewhere down the line — are being inspired by things that are bubbling under the surface and people won’t ever hear.” Hayley said “Even Ain’t It Fun, that’s us — that’s a culmination of 10-15 years of inspiration that is all across the board.”
You can watch the interview and see the band’s favourite tracks below. More parts from the interview available here.
“They’re a band that I really love — and I love their new record [What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World],” Williams said of the Portland, Oregon, band. If you’re not familiar, these dudes get way literary with the references — and, more often than not — their jams sound like sea shanties that skeleton sailors would sing in a Tim Burton movie.
“I think that they are going to be really big,” Williams said of the Baltimore hardcore band. “I think that they’re one of the coolest things to happen in a while — there’s a lot of cool ’90s influence and there’s groove to it that’s kind of hip-hop-ish.”
Guitarist Taylor York didn’t really explain why he chose the bands he did, but we’re guessing it’s because Tame Impala, from Australia, is just atmospheric and rad, rad, rad. Their last record, Lonerism, will make you want to become a hermit, and we (and by “we,” I mean me and Taylor) seriously can’t wait for Currents to drop. There’s a new single out now!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra:
Taylor is all about the the international bands — UMO hails from New Zealand. Oh! And they also have a new record on the horizon: Multi-Love, due out in May.
Paramore’s ‘Ain’t It Fun’ is nominated for ‘Top Rock Song’ at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards! Congratulations to the band!
The Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Ludacris & Chrissy Teigen and will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, from 8-11 p.m. ET on ABC. You can read more information about the event and see a list of all the nominees here.
Hayley was at her friend Abigail Anderson’s birthday party last night. The party was held in Nashville, TN and Hayley was there with her sister Erica and bunch of friends including Taylor Swift. Go to our gallery to see new photos from the party.
Below few videos from the party posted by Taylor and Abigail.
Paramore and Hayley are nominated in three categories at this year’s Alternative Press Music Awards! You can vote here.
Voting ends on July 6th and the Alternative Press Music Awards will be held on Wednesday July 22, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. The show will be hosted by Alex and Jack of All Time Low and air live on AXS TV. You can read more about the event here. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 3 at 10:00 am EDT.
Hayley will also be performing with New Found Glory at the event.
MOST DEDICATED FANS:
twenty one pilots (Skeleton Clique)
Fall Out Boy (Overcast Kids)
All Time Low (Hustlers)
Crown The Empire (The Runaways)
Motionless In White (Creatures)
BEST LIVE BAND:
The Wonder Years
Panic! At The Disco
A Day To Remember
twenty one pilots
Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember)
Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Adam Lazzara (Taking Back Sunday)
Tyler Carter (Issues)
Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil)
Lynn Gunn (PVRIS)