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Shawn Mendes Opens Up About Working With Trans Producer Teddy Geiger

In an interview with Beats 1 Radio, Shawn Mendes spoke about his collaboration with trans producer Teddy Geiger on his single “In My Blood,” and his upcoming album. Geiger, whose credits include four major hits with Mendes— “Stitches,” “Mercy,” “Treat You Better” and “Nothin’ Holding Me Back”—announced her transition on Instagram back in October of 2017. Geiger wrote, “I am transitioning… Love it or hate this is who I have been for a looooong time. I love u guys. Talk sooooon byeeee.”

Geiger announced her transition to the world when the pair were working on Shawn’s new album. Mendes notes the beauty in watching Geiger’s transition firsthand, even recalling the moment when he called Geiger by the proper she/her pronouns for the first time saying, “I wish everybody could experience this because there would be no questions. There would be no I don’t get it, no confusion about the process. If somebody could see the look on her face. That in that moment, everything would make sense, and it was really, really cool for me. I’m so grateful to be going thought this process with her because I feel like I’m learning so much from it.”

Mendes and Geiger have worked together on most of Mendes’ major hits including his newest single “In My Blood.” When asked about their partnership Mendes said, “the fact that she was able to take everything I was saying and just digest it all, and make it all me is, like, genius.” The pair work so well together and it’s truly what makes the work they do so incredible.

Mendes is very “grateful” to work with Geiger and his two other producing partners, Scott Harris and Geoff Warburton, saying “there’s this third party that’s stepping in when we make music together, and its love, it’s really, it’s truly love.” Well, the love and soul can be felt in all of Mendes’ songs, which makes them so damn good. Keep up the good work and we can’t wait to see what this duo can do.

Check out the full interview below!

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