“I met Lady Gaga when she was doing [The Fame Monster]. And to tell you the truth, I didn’t think it was the project for me. That’s when Vincent [Herbert] (who signed Gaga to his label Streamline Records) called me and said, ‘Would you work with my girl?’ And I’m like, ‘Who?’ And Vincent says Gaga. So I’m thinking, ‘Maybe she wants that New Jack Swing?’ Later, I found out that’s what she wanted. She didn’t want her sound…she wanted something that would take her to another place. And that’s what Vincent told me…Gaga wanted my sound. He was like, ‘She really wants to work with you and all she says to me is why doesn’t Teddy want to work with me?’ But it wasn’t that. I just didn’t want to disappoint her. But Vincent calls me later and tells me that Gaga is going to get on the phone with me in an hour. That turned into musician time because she was finishing up all her songs in the studio.
So me and her got on the phone at 2 in the morning. Gaga tells me, ‘I got this idea and I’m going to sing it for you right now so you can produce the music.’ She gave me the rhythm she wanted. I thought she wanted me to do something up-tempo in her style. So she sends me her idea through email and the first thing I heard was this swinging groove with the lines, ‘I don’t want your money…’ And I was like, ‘Wow!’ She slowed it down. I already knew what to do. I was always developing these drums that sounded like someone was coming down a hill and they was unstoppable. You know that sound of soldiers marching? That’s how I came up with the track for ‘Teeth.’ Everything was just so driving. But when I sent it back to them three hours later with the track done, I didn’t get no answer, so I thought I failed. I thought my email didn’t go through, so I sent it to them again. It wasn’t until 11 in the morning that I heard back from them. Vincent was like, ‘We got the track, Teddy.’ [laughs] So he’s telling me how Gaga wanted me in the studio by 12 pm. They sent a cargo van to pick up my equipment.
Gaga was going to be in the studio with me and Rodney Jerkins. She booked out the whole Record Plant studios. And she went from room to room to room and knocked out every song! It was incredible to see. Gaga came into my room and we were working on the track, but it wasn’t working. I told my guys to take a shot at it, but Gaga winded up liking the track that I did. She had a great time with us. She spent more time with us than any of the other artists. I’m watching her. She’s doing vocal coaching herself, playing music for everyone’s track, and writing on everyone’s track on the spot! I’m talking about writing all of the lyrics right in front of us. Gaga is special. She’s amazing. She’s definitely an icon of her era. She is music.”