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25.05.2023, Words by Billy Ward

Kesha describes her "transformational" experience working with Rick Rubin

"He really allows for the artist to go fucking mental..."

Kesha has revealed what working with legendary producer Rick Rubin was like when making her newest album 'Gag Order'. 

In an interview with Dazed, the 'Tick Tock' singer opened up about working with the producer and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, describing the experience as "transformational'. 

“It was everything everyone thinks it is and so much more,” says Kesha. “It’s almost indescribable, but I definitely feel like working with him has been transformational.”

“He really allows for the artist to go fucking mental and almost walk through the madness, and the music is a safe place to do that,” she continues.

Speaking about the sense of imperfection present in the new record, Kesha explains that a large part of that was due to Rubin, who encouraged her to use an “imperfect” vocal take.

“I begged him to let me put auto-tune on a couple of things and it was really helpful and impacted me a lot to have him insist that I didn’t need it. I’m so happy he encouraged me not to use it. Because in the slight imperfections, that’s where you find humanity. Humanity is where you gain compassion. And with compassion there is connection.”

Kesha's new album 'Gag Order' is out now, stream it below:

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