Shawn Mendes FaceTimed Zane Lowe from SNL rehearsals to talk about his new track ‘If I Can’t Have You’. Shawn chatted with Zane about his new song, calling it a “confident pop record,” and says he wanted a “feel good song” following the heaviness of ‘In My Blood’. He says he initially thought the song would sound great as a Dua Lipa song, was inspired by The 1975’s last album and guitar sound, and has written 45 songs in the past six months. He also tells Zane he might be in an SNL skit, and that he 100% wants to get into acting.
Shawn Mendes talks about his new single “If I Can’t Have You” and more on Beats 1
Shawn Mendes on “If I Can’t Have You” Video
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on new song “If I Can’t Have You”
You said it perfectly. It’s a confident pop record and it’s clearly that for me. I’m going through this phase right now where I’m testing out all the styles I can possibly be doing. Pop is whats in my blood no pun intended. In the last 6 months I wrote about 45 songs and they’re all over the place and different vibes. This is the one consistently every time I played for myself and for friends and family was giving people that smile.
on how he originally thought the song would be perfect for Dua Lipa
I wrote this song actually a really long time ago in my condo with Scott Harris. We wrote a ton of songs. I was back in the studio with Teddy Geiger and Nate and I was playing it on piano and I was like oh my god this would be really cool for Dua Lipa. It was on guitar and I turned it to piano it was right after One Kiss came out. In the voice note – I’m speaking like I’m gonna send to Dua I’m like ‘okay Dua I have this song I have just a chorus we can finish it if you want,’ and I’m singing it on the piano and I’m like ok cool, I’m gonna send it to her. A couple weeks later I’m in the studio with Scott playing it again and I go, dude this is really serious I don’t know if I can ask Dua to sing it – though that would’ve been incredible – I said I think I gotta go all the way with this.
on his upcoming SNL performance and possible skit + Acting
I’m in the Green Room at SNL. Here’s me. Can you see all the people on the wall? Adam Sandler’s here. He’s so funny. We’re filming these bumpers. Adam Sandler is here. He’s so funny we’re filming these bumpers
and they give you a script and the scripts are funny but the things he says in between are actually making me crack up and I’m like, these are what you should be using for the bumpers it’s hilarious. I think I’m in a skit I have no idea what it is but I just got a wig fitted. [Acting] is the biggest you-have-to-own it thing. 100%. As I’m starting to realize I can own this singing thing I think I’ll fall into acting and stuff more.