We all trust each other’s judgement. Sometimes I’ll be like, “I really don’t like that.” And both Ari and Phil will be like, “You’re trippin’, dog, you’re trippin’.” Or I’ll play something, then Phil will sing it, and then we’ll find it. We’re not the greatest musicians in the world, but we can make some hot shit.
"We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We used to always say in the studio, ‘Yo, this is going to be a smash!’ And then it turned into, ‘This is a smeeze!’ Then, ‘This is a Smeezington.’ We were just like, ‘We should just base our whole situation upon this word. How great would it be if record labels were like, ‘We have to get The Smeezingtons involved?’" — Bruno Mars
Answer Ya Phone - a masterpiece production by The Smeezingtons
What are you doin’, answer ya phone What are you doin’, don’t leave me alone What are you doin’, you better call back What are you doin’, don’t treat me like I’m black What are you doin’, I’m a free slave now What are you doin’, I love you so What are you doin’, you little bitch hoe What are you doin’, come sit on my lap
Sometimes, they're not even instruments. "On ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ Bruno was like ‘we need a dep-dep-dep-dep’ sound,'" Ari Levine recalls. "I said, ‘Sing it into the microphone’ and then I chopped it up. It sounds like it’s a instrument, but it’s really his voice. We do that a lot."