Rihanna’s vocal producer Kuk Harrell talks recording ANTIMarch 16, 2019
Kuk Harrell is an award-winning vocal producer that the Navy mostly recognizes for his amazing work with Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
In his recent interview with Vibe, Kuk Harrell dishes on working with Rihanna on her highly successful multi platinum ANTI album that came out in January 2016.
He did not mention the new project but did share that there’s growth from ANTI.
Working with Rihanna on ANTI:
It’s always amazing and with that particular album because it was a groundbreaking album. It took us three years to make the album and that was hard because it was highly-anticipated. But it was great because we all learned so much in working on the album. That’s the other thing. I love how for me it always keeps going back to the people skill. We had a lot of different things we had to make sure that the album was as we were working on it. There were times it created tension within all of us that worked on the album, nothing crazy, but just creative tension. With that, for me, also puts me in a place where I have to ignite my people skills: “Okay wait a second, we’re doing this. Let’s all make sure that we’re connected as people so that the creativity can flow.”
Songs he had most fun while recording for ANTI
I would say Higher because we worked on that. Her vocals went to another level with that record. And the other one is Work because I never worked with Drake before. To see Drake walk in the room was like “Oh snap!”
On Rihanna’s raw vocals on Higher:
She’s not in a shell at all. It was just that record was great because it was a challenge for us. It was just a thing that goes back to what you were saying — growth. It was a record that caused us to go, “We can do this, we can nail that record,” and we did.
Kuk and Rihanna worked together on ANTI, Unapologetic, Talk That Talk, Loud and Good Girl Gone Bad albums. He has five Grammy Awards including two for his work with Rihanna (Best Dance Recording for Only Girl (In the World) and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Unapologetic).