EXCLUSIVE: R5's Jam Session With Ocean Park Standoff Resulted In New Song 'Trading Time'

EXCLUSIVE: R5's Jam Session With Ocean Park Standoff Resulted In New Song 'Trading Time'

R5 love collaborating with their friends, and the story behind “Trading Time” is exactly that — the product of a jam session with Ocean Park Standoff.

Writer/producers Ross and Rocky Lynch opened up to JustJaredJr.com on how a jam session turned into one of the most meaningful songs on their new EP, New Addictions.

“A lot of people at the label were suggesting that we should meet and maybe write a song together, so we did and it started a great relationship,” Ross says of the bands’ meet-up. “We’re all really good friends now.”

He adds about the song, “‘Trading Time’ is the product of our first meeting. We were actually just hanging out in the studio and this came about. We were flirting with this idea that time is the most valuable currency that we all possess. With the chorus of the song, meaning, I’m giving you my most valuable currency in exchange for yours. It’s really a romantic song.”

We spoke more about how writing without deadlines and writing with friends tends to result in much more meaningful songs from R5.

“We’ve written songs for movies that I’ve been in,” Ross says, citing an upcoming song for Status Update that we’ll hear soon. “If it’s a situation like that, and there are certain deadlines, we have to finish a song. But as far as writing with friends — we only like to write with friends now.”

He adds more, “We’ve found that you can never really fall in love with a song that’s rushed. The way we like to write is truly, 100% encouraged and motivated and we’re feeling the music, or when it’s with friends and we’ve having a really good time.”

“That’s when the best songs come from us. We do try to work really hard and we want to release new and more music all the time. We’re in the studio every day.”

If you missed them, get the stories behind “If“, “Red Velvet” and “Lay Your Head Down“.

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