Halsey says asking Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to collaborate was like “writing a letter to Santa”

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“It just felt like – waiting outside Berghain, ‘Will they think I’m good enough?'”

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Halsey discussed asking Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to collaborate on their new album, saying it was like “writing a letter to Santa”.

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The Nine Inch Nails duo produced the pop star’s new album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, which was recently nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2022 Grammys.

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speaking in this week’s Granthshala In a Big Read cover interview, in which they discussed receiving the Innovation Award at the BandLab Granthshala Awards 2022, Halsey stated that they were originally nervous about approaching the two to work together, calling them artists who are Halsey. “Having been plagiarizing for years”.

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“At first, I thought I was writing a letter to Santa, like ‘I’ve been a really nice girl,'” she told Granthshala. “I was really honest and said I was a huge fan and I’ve been plagiarizing you guys for years – at worst – and I don’t have enough ego to believe that I have enough to offer you. Anything new, but this album is about pregnancy, gender identity, physical fear.

“The most important thing to me is the tension in this album — it has to be visceral, or I’m hurting the message.”

Halsey on the cover of Granthshala

Halsey said asking Reznor and Ross to work together was like trying to get into Berlin’s most infamous nightclub, the Berghain, which sees hundreds of people turn away from the door every night.

“I’ve been to Berlin 15 times and still won’t go to Berghain because I’m afraid they’ll kick me out the door,” Halsey said. “If they tell me no, I’m literally never going to be well, so I don’t even want to go.

“It just felt like – waiting outside Berghain, ‘Will they think I’m good enough?'”

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Elsewhere in the Big Read interview, Halsey talks about the honor of receiving the Innovation Award at the BandLab Granthshala Awards 2022, which she will take during a ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on March 2.

Halsey told Granthshala That she was “not expecting” the award and was “too surprised” to be recognized with the nod. “But it’s really, really awesome — I feel like you get really sad and nervous about how your music adds up when you’re not there to bring it to life and to know that it’s still resonating. Yes, it’s really good.”

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