Ezra Koenig wasn’t the only indie rock artist to work on Beyoncé’s surprise album Lemonade. In fact, the Vampire Weekend frontman shared a space in the “Hold Up” credits with a contemporary: Joshua Tillman, the artist better known as Father John Misty.
The singer-songwriter shared a statement on how he and Beyoncé collaborated. It all started with a friend sharing his work with Queen Bey.
“About a year and half ago, my friend Emile Haynie played Beyoncé some of my music, along with some tunes I’ve written for other people, back when she was looking for collaborators for the record,” Tillman said, according to Pitchfork. “Pretty soon after they sent along the demo for ‘Hold Up,’ which was just like a minute of the sample and the hook. I’m pretty sure they were just looking for lyrics, but I went crazy and recorded a verse melody and refrain, too, that unbelievably — when you consider how ridiculous my voice sounds on the demo — ended up making the record — right between picking up the baseball bat and decapitating the fire hydrant.”
Tillman adds he had no idea if his contribution to the song would actually be used until last year’s Coachella Festival, where Beyoncé saw his set and personally told him it had.
Earlier Monday, Tillman sent off a handful of tweets with another story about how he worked on Lemonade — a tongue-in-cheek, satirical account touting his supposed ability as an airhorn novice.
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