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Father John Misty on Beyoncé writing credit: "I was mostly kind of in the dark..."

26 April 2016, 11:17 | Written by Laurence Day

Father John Misty's shed some light on how his collaboration with Beyoncé came to be.

The seemingly unlikely team up resulted in "Hold Up", a Yeah Yeah Yeahs-sampling which also features input from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and Diplo. It appears on recently released surprise LP LEMONADE.

Speaking in a statement, Misty explains just how it all came together:

"About a year and half ago, my friend Emile Haynie played Beyonce some of my music, along with some tunes I’ve written for other people, back when she was looking for collaborators for the record…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.

"I was mostly kind of in the dark, my involvement with the record kind of ends with me just sending off the demo, it wasn’t until she came to my Coachella set in 2015 and told me personally it had made the record that I really had anything concrete with which to convince my friends that I hadn’t actually gone insane."

He also slid swiftly back into character for social media:

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