10/14/2015

Adam Levine 'felt insecure' while recording Maroon 5's 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long'

Maroon 5 talking with MTV in 2007.
Levine opened up about how he felt during the It Won't Be Soon Before Long era 

In an exclusive interview with the New York Times paper way back in May of 2007, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine spoke up about how he profoundly felt throughout the time period that recording sessions took place for Maroon 5's sophomore studio effort, It Wont Be Soon Before Long. Levine also talked about his wishes and feelings towards the band's recording contract (at the time, of course) and how honest he felt about A&M/Octone's loyalties with the Los Angeles group. 

Maroon 5 have never really experienced troubles or had hiccups with recording labels and contracts. However, over the course of their career, the pop rock outfit have had to get bumped up to higher labels due to outdated subsidiaries (ie: Octone became jointed with A&M in 2007 and A&M/Octone became extinct after Interscope initiated its buy/sell rights in 2013). 

The L.A. rockers spent a rather long time in the studio recording their sophomore studio album, the follow-up to their largely successful debut album Songs About Jane (currently 6 times platinum). Beginning in 2005, Levine started writing for the record with producers Mike Elizando and fellow bandmates Jesse Carmichael and James Valentine. Speaking about the the recording sessions, Levine said "You go away for a long enough period of time and you feel a bit more insecure about your position,” Levine said in an interview. "But that melted away. We’ve had enough time to rest and to regroup and make a great record, in my opinion." Levine also spoke about his nerves and how the sophomore slump factor played in his band's recording process. "Being a musician can be specially scary if you have been doing it for a long period of time and then not release anything for a while, and you wonder if anybody is still listening or wondering. I think that is common for bands and young singers who had a lot of success with their first record and are expected to come out with this great second [album]." 

After Levine was asked about his label loyalties with A&M/Octone, which at the time was new territory for Maroon 5 after being signed with J and Octone Records for almost 6 years, he said: "It’s difficult if not impossible to realistically know what the consumer is going to make of a particular band five years from now," said Celia Hirschman, an independent marketing consultant and former major-label executive. "In the last two years the record industry has changed so drastically that events that took place five years ago are no longer relevant. I think you’re going to see less and less of these deals in the future." A&R Jimmy Iovine later spoke about Maroon 5's label change and success, stating: "I know I never would have let [Maroon 5] go, that’s how I feel good about the deal,” Mr. Iovine said. While acknowledging the industry’s slump, he added: "Where we’re headed, the quality of your roster is going to be so important. You can only win right now with real artists that can penetrate worldwide. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t believe in that kid’s career."


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