Getting to go to a recording session, making a documentary in Michael Jackson’s Thriller recording studio in Los Angeles. That was one of my most favorite experiences. The studio, outside all you see is a cement wall, which was designed to keep it from standing out intentionally, and as soon as you get inside, it looks like 1975 - stone walls, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson photos all over the walls, and then you realize you’re using the recording studio that Michael Jackson used for Off the Wall. It’s an amazing experience for anyone who gets to go inside.
For me, getting to write the music for Obama was the biggest musical experience of my life. Getting a phone call asking if I could put together a few different types of music to match the different emotions they were asking for in a short period of time, and then getting a phone call a week before the election- it was one of the most unforgettable mornings of my life, waking up to 20 different messages, all from Obama’s ad agency, saying they needed me to give them written permission to use my music, because Obama had voted it into his ad personally. And they couldn’t use it until I gave them authorization. I still have Facebook messages from it! That was an insane morning for me. I gave them authorization and within less than a week it became his biggest ad around the world, and they later came to me and said that they think this ad was what won the swing states for the 2012 election.