GO write a hit song with the hottest producer in the world, they all told Amy Shark.
That may be easier said than done but Shark and Jack Antonoff fashioned the pop lightning of her latest smash single All Loved Up during their studio speed date earlier this year.
The song is now one of the most played tracks on Australian radio and provokes a hearty singalong during her sold-out gigs in support of the No. 1 debut album Love Monster.
Shark had carried the title of the song around in her phone notes for years before sharing it with the man who is on a roll crafting hits for Lorde, Taylor Swift and P!nk.
Their mutual admiration began last year when Antonoff’s then girlfriend, actor and writer Lena Dunham, played him Shark’s song Weekends.
He was so taken with the Australian alternative pop singer and songwriter he booked her to support his band Bleachers on their American tour last November.
“He’s such a wanted man, so busy, so writing with him was always going to be a case of him having the time,” Shark said.
While they have become mates, Shark was nervous the day she met him in the legendary Conway Studios in Los Angeles which has hosted everyone from Michael Jackson to Prince.
She knew her label were investing tens of thousands of dollars in this session. And she wanted to impress Antonoff.
“The only thing I was really worried about, and it’s stupid thing, is I wanted him to see what I was capable of,” she said.
“I wanted to prove myself on that scale, that I could work with someone who has worked with the best like Taylor and P!nk and not gush and be a d … but write good music.”
The session began with the idea for another song Pyscho, which she would record with Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus later the same week.
But the chords started morphing into something else and as Shark sang along to what Antonoff was playing, All Loved Up began to take shape.
“I had the title in my phone — I like that saying — and a couple of little lyrics like ‘And there’s a man next to you with a killer view of New York’, which I had written a long, long time ago and just came out of me that day. That was weird,” Shark recalled.
“We gradually fell into the song and Jack would call out a word here or there he felt was a bit sterile, that we could do better and when he said, ‘How about ‘In the morning take me with you’, for the chorus, it was the most romantic thing I had ever heard. It was genius.”
Shark said Antonoff also challenged her vocally, pushing her to sing in falsetto, which added to the song’s lush, dreamy sound.
All Loved Up has already notched up more than three million streams and Shark and Antonoff share updates on how their musical baby is faring in the pop world.
She is relieved it is provoking a louder singalong on her Australian tour than the fan adaptation of the viral children’s song Baby Shark which has become an amusing fixture at her concerts.
“It started out as a joke in America and it’s kicked off here with all these memes. I’ve decided to get involved and let them do it otherwise they will yell it out all night,” she said.
Shark finishes the Australian tour with two sold out nights at the Tivoli in Brisbane on Thursday and Friday and then her final homecoming show at Nightquarter, Gold Coast on Saturday.
She also performs at the This That festival in Newcastle on November 3, The Falls Festival and Field Day, Sydney on January 1.