DigitalSpy caught up with vocal producer Jim Beanz to talk about a few things, including working with the Queen herself on her Blackout and Circus albums.
You've served as a vocal producer for both Britney Spears and Demi Lovato who are now judges on The X Factor USA. How was it working with them?
"They were both very easy to work with. A lot of people would say Demi is more known as a vocalist and Britney's an entertainer, but what's most important regardless is being attentive in the studio and open to who you're working with without having an ego. Both of them were very down to earth. I worked with Britney on Blackout and Circus and she was very easy to work with. That's why the songs came out so amazing."
After working with them closely on their vocals, what do you think they'll each be looking for on The X Factor?
"I'm sure they'll want to have someone who can entertain. Despite having a good voice, you've got to have a great personality on stage that will draw people in. As well as a great vocal, they'll want someone who can deliver a great song and keep people interested - and that's something they both have in common."
Britney's Blackout album was critically lauded, but came from a time of unfortunate personal circumstances. Do you think she can ever deliver a record of that standard again without the personal ups and downs?
"They say that the negativity helps to sell an album sometimes, but in that case it was also about the music. It was unfortunate what was going on, but since then she's got a lot better. I really think that nowadays it comes down to just having good music. Songs that make people feel good in the clubs."
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