Maroon 5’s collaboration with Julia Michaels, “Help Me Out,” is an airy, heartfelt highlight off the group’s latest album Red Pill Blues — but it wouldn’t have been anything if Diplo hadn’t gotten involved.
The group’s frontman Adam Levine reveals that the unlikely creative matchmaker for “Help” was the super-producer, who cold-texted the singer a demo of Michaels performing the song. “I was blown away,” Levine recalls. “It was one of the coolest demos I’d ever heard.” Once the two got together, the song (originally just sung by Michaels) became a duet, which Levine suggests helped the track soar.
While Levine is no stranger to falsetto, he admits that he was a little nervous to hit the notes that Michaels does in “Help Me Out.” “That’s the highest note I think I might’ve ever hit in my life,” he quips as Michaels cracks up.
This exclusive tell-all about “Help Me Out” precedes Monday’s continuation of the Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice, where Michaels acts as Levine’s battle adviser. While it hasn’t been announced whether or not Michaels will appear on Monday’s episode (March 26), their story-behind-the-song vid further proves that the two have chemistry whether they’re in the studio or on camera.
Watch the pair tell the story of “Help Me Out” below.