If you’ve randomly caught Taylor Swift accepting one of her 113 trophies (a real number) at any given awards show, she has a knack for being shocked all 113 times. It’s pretty amazing Taylor Swift has gotten this far in music considering she never knows what’s going on around her (or pretends to, anyway) at any given time. “Like ever,” to quote her latest hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
That same trait also extends to her music it seems. When she went in to the studio to record the E.D.M.-lite “I Knew You Were Trouble” for Red, the singer sat down with producers Max Martin and Shellback and invented dubstep in the process.
“I don't really know what to call it, but I just kind of sing it how I want it to sound. And they're like, ‘Oh, sort of like a dubstep thing.’ And I'm like, ‘I guess, I don't know? Whatever that is, whatever that ridiculous sound that I made with my mouth when I was trying to figure out what to say,’” Taylor told Spin.
“You end up doing a lot of that when you're recording and writing, being like, ‘It kinda sounds like this!’” she added. “I wanted the song to sound as chaotic as the emotion felt. I wanted it to be loud and out of control.”
In other words, she made some noises with her mouth, was told by in-demand producers she didn’t research that it mimicked 55% of the songs playing on Top 40 radio at the moment, and then just squealed, “I had no idea I just did that!” Whether it’s genuine or not, I so wish I was in that studio when this happened because that’d be a new GIF worth saving: Taylor Swift shocked by Taylor Swift.
One of the most common fan criticisms of her next album, judging from the previews she’s put out so far, is that it’s hardly country at all and her most pop sounding record to date. In all likelihood this comment was just a front to appease her fans that she’s still the same girl they first fell in love with and not a product of trends, studio pressure, or artist experimentation—the same Taylor who’s never heard Justin Bieber’s current single “As Long As You Love Me,” which also has a dubstep influence. Yeah, now that’s actually hard to believe.