For one week, we tagged along with Ricky Reed, the Los Angeles producer behind new hits for Icona Pop, Jason Derulo and many more. Join us:
Tuesday, May 26 “Emergency” — the new Icona Pop single Reed, 32, helmed — just dropped. “It’s very f–ing cool,” he says. He spends the day at Dr. Luke’s Malibu studio tweaking the debut LP from soul man Lunchmoney Lewis.
Wednesday, May 27 After a six-mile run, Reed learns Twenty One Pilots‘ Blurryface, which he produced, is No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but he can’t stop to celebrate. He has a session at his Elysian Park studio with Motown songwriting legend Lamont Dozier. “He played me tracks he has been sitting on since the ’70s!” he says.
Thursday, May 28 Reed fields calls from Robin Thicke to talk big-band arrangements for his new album. “The songs we’ve done are for record-collector heads — fonky.” A session with rapper Yung Jake goes until 1 a.m.
Friday, May 29 A run, a haircut and a flight to Oakland to see his fiancee’s nieces in a grade-school production of Sleeping Beauty.
Saturday, May 30 He flies back home to celebrate at Icona Pop’s “Emergency” release party, where he slams five shots of various liquors and an energy drink. “The whole team was drunk,” he says with a laugh.
Sunday, May 31 Reed flies back to the Bay Area to help move his fiancee, chef Laura Miller, to Los Angeles.
Monday, June 1 He meets with a Voice producer to discuss a project and works with Lewis. At 9 p.m., Jason Derulo‘s Everything Is 4 (Reed produced “Get Ugly”) comes out on the East Coast. Reed celebrates with a glass of fernet, some Game of Thrones and, finally, sleep.
This story originally appeared in the June 20 issue of Billboard.