Tayla Parx, co-writer behind Ariana Grande's 34+35, opens up about creating the risqué track

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  • Tayla Parx opened up about working with Ariana Grande on herPositions album, as well asThank U, Next.
  • The stars met on a Nickelodeon set, and years later they would end up working on Ariana's My Everything album as their first collaborative project.
  • Speaking about writing the risqué 34+35 for Positions, Tayla says the song was Ariana's idea. "It was just a matter of, how do we make sure that this is said in the right way?," she says about the lyrics.


Singer/songwriter, Tayla Parx, opened up about working with Ariana Grande on her Positions album, including on the much-talked-about track, 34+35.

In the interview on MTV's The Method, Tayla recalled meeting Ariana for the first time on a Nickelodeon set.

They would end up working together on Ariana's My Everything album, and then again a few years later on Thank U, Next and Positions.

"I think the most exciting thing about it is there is no ego in the room. If she hates an idea, she can tell me she hates it, and I'm like, 'Okay, well let's find a great one.' If I hate an idea, I'm like, 'Okay, we can make this better. How do we do it this way?' And she's down with that," she said about working with the POV singer.

Tayla worked on Ariana's massive 2019 hit Thank U, Next, and confirmed to MTV's Dometi Pongo that there was, in fact, multiple versions of that song.

There was a lot of back and forth in terms of lyrics, as Tayla explains. "Did we want to use the names? Did we not want to use the name? Are you gonna be married? Are you not gonna be married?" they questioned.

In the track, Ariana names some of her past boyfriends. The singer also speaks about her broken-off engagement to Pete Davidson.

"So it was like how do we make sure that no matter what happens that this is the most honest song to you? And then we ended up going with the right version. You know, the right version that was meant to be out there in the world," Tayla continues.


Tayla also spoke about collaborating on Ariana's new album Positions, noting that the process was a lot different because of the pandemic.

"We also saw Ariana really, really take the driver's seat with this record as well. Which was like obviously something that we knew, because we know her, and we know those capabilities. But I think a lot more people are seeing it now cause it was done over quarantine," she says.

About 34+35, she adds: "As far as I know that was Ariana's concept because it was just one of those things I was like, '34+35? Oh, got it!' You know what I mean? And then it was just a matter of, how do we make sure that this is said in the right way? Because obviously, we know that she's getting a little grown and sexy on them, so how do we do it in the right way?" 

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee


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