In a new interview with Yahoo Music, Gwen discusses how making music has changed for her since having children and how plans for her have slowed down.
Gwen says that she wouldn’t have made a comeback on her own and credits a lot of her inspiration to Pharrell Williams, calling him “â€œthe best producer/songwriter of our generation.” Gwen finds making music different now than before having her children. She’s always been vocal about having family and marriage come first before everything else and says, “itâ€™s just different once you have a baby. Thereâ€™s no way to go back to having the freedom that you had creatively, because your energy is always going to be focused on the kids.” She talks about how different it was for her recording her debut solo album in 2004 and calls it a “magical time”. She finds collaborating the “only way” to make music now and says it’s the only way she was able to record a new album on her own. “… Because I have all these talented writers and all these incredible people helping me, Iâ€™ve been able to do it. So I feel more grateful then ever.” Gwen still feels extremely grateful to be putting out new music still after all these years and calls “Spark The Fire” a gift.
On working with “Baby Don’t Lie” producer Benny Blanco, Gwen says that she first approached him with wanting to collaborate with No Doubt. While working in the studio with the band, Gwen became pregnant with third son Apollo and recording came to a stop. She admits before they went on break again that things were not flowing as naturally as they had in the past with songwriting and found it to be a “struggle”. “… It was quite hard; sometimes when youâ€™re writing, things just happen and it flows, and then other times you have to really struggle. And it felt kind of struggle-y. And then I got pregnant and then I got really sick with the pregnancy, so I didnâ€™t continue in the studio. And then The Voice called right after I had the baby. So I couldnâ€™t really do No Doubt.”
After signing on for season seven of The Voice, Gwen was determined to put out music however and realized that there wasn’t enough time for No Doubt to release new material. “… I wanted to do new music while I was on the show, so thatâ€™s when I went in with Benny. Iâ€™d just had the baby and I was on The Voice set, so he would start songs and send them to me, I would work on them, back-and-forth via email. Then he would come to my house and we would record upstairs, because I was nursing. It was crazy, trying to make it happen.” Reports over the last few months had Gwen releasing her new album this month, but she alludes to changing the plan and slowing the pace to focus more on writing. “I didnâ€™t always have a plan â€” even the label was like, â€˜Look, it doesnâ€™t have to be a whole record, it could be a couple songs. It could be someone elseâ€™s songs.â€™ Who knows what the record will actually end up being? I had this whole schedule together at first, but Iâ€™m kind of undoing it, because I feel like, why am I rushing it so fast? I donâ€™t really want to rush it. So now Iâ€™m kind of slowing down and thinking I want to go back in and do a few more writing sessions, just to fill out the record and make it a little bit more personal. I donâ€™t really know whatâ€™s going to happen.”
When asked if she’s interested in coming back to The Voice for another season, Gwen says that she would love to if asked again. She found the show perfect for her and “amazingly inspiring”.
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