Martin Solveig and Madonna’s Language of L.U.V.

Published February 2, 2012

ABOVE: MARTIN SOLVEIG

While dance floors around the world surrendered to Martin Solveig’s infectious dance smash “Hello” last summer, the French DJ and producer headed to the studio alongside Madonna (and past Madonna producer, William Øribit) to begin working on her 12th studio album, MDNA. Tomorrow, the wait is over: “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” the first single from MDNA, produced by Madonna and Solveig and featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., will be released. (Oh, and tomorrow is also the day of the US release of W.E., Madonna’s second film as a director. Her Madgesty’s been busy.)

Just a few days shy of Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl, Solveig filled us in on Madonna, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” and MDNA, a new album that will mark yet another chapter in the Queen of Pop’s evolution.

MIGUEL FIGUEROA: An avalanche of “Give Me All Your Luvin'” and MDNA news have surfaced this week. As you know, Madonna’s producers have included Nile Rodgers, William Ørbit, Mirwais, Timbaland, and now you. How are you feeling?

MARTIN SOLVEIG: The fun thing is, if you had asked me a year ago who my favorite producers were, I would’ve mentioned all of them, adding Pharrell Williams. I think Madonna and I share the same taste for cinema, wine, and music producers. Personally, all the producers Madonna has worked with are mentors and I’m their disciple. How am I feeling? Honestly and sincerely… I’m shaking in my shiny shoes.

FIGUEROA: What was the first Madonna album you ever bought?

SOLVEIG: True Blue, on repeat in my Walkman.

FIGUEROA: The first Madonna song you heard right after you were approached by her to work together?

SOLVEIG: “Music,” and I felt like a mountain climber staring at the foot of Mount Everest, and still do, actually—well, perhaps a quarter way up… we’ll see.

FIGUEROA: How many songs on the album did you produce?

SOLVEIG: Five or six, depending on the version of the album.

FIGUEROA: What’s on the agenda for Super Bowl rehearsals?

SOLVEIG: I offered to crump; she said I should focus on my music-producing career. I’ll be giving all my l.u.v.-ing and eating popcorn in front of my TV on Feb. 5. Apparently, I won’t be the only one.

“GIVE ME ALL YOUR LUVIN'” WILL BE OUT TOMORROW BY INTERSCOPE RECORDS. MDNA WILL BE RELEASED MARCH 26.