Carly Rae Jepsen: “When I Needed You” – Song Exploder

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On Creating When I Needed You

  • “When I Needed You” first started to come alive during a jam session between Carly and Tavish Crowe – Tavish also helped write the hit song Call Me Maybe
    • “He’s like my favorite writing partner in the world because we’ve been through so much for so long together. Any idea, no matter how stupid, I don’t feel scared to share with him”
  • At the time of writing the song, Carly was going through a tough breakup and realized that if she wanted to stay with her boyfriend, she would have to be a totally different person than who she truly was
    • This song was the final processing piece for Carly’s relationship and after it was completed, she felt like she could finally let go and move on
  • As part of the song’s creation, Carly’s mission was to make a pop album that adults could enjoy
    • “I collect a bunch of ideas and I don’t know what will be good until later on”
  • Carly worked with producer Ariel Rechtshaid to take the song to the next level
    • When Ariel heard the song, he knew it needed some drums, bass, and keyboard
  • Carly wanted the song to have a bit of the 80’s in it
    • “I always wanted to create a song that I felt like could be in 16 Candles or Pretty in Pink and I feel like this is the closest I’ve ever gotten
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Notes By Alex Wiec

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