Ezra's "Hold Up" Demo

Ezra's "Hold Up" Demo


via Ezra's twitter

"Time Crisis back once again. On this episode I'm going to be talking to people like Nikki Mayard, Seinfeld2000, Ariel Rechtshaid, and more as we delve in to the complicated world of songwriting. How do songs come together, and how do they fall apart? We'll be talking Beyoncé, Usher, and even our national anthem. This is Time Crisis."



  • Nikki Mayard - music journalist
  • Ariel Rechtshaid - producer
  • Seinfeld2000 - comedian and twitter personality


Ezra and Jake talk Fritos and Doritos before deep diving on Beyoncé's "Hold Up", discussing Ezra's demo work with Diplo and the process of how the hook came to be. Vampire Weekend's "Step" gets the same treatment, following the rabbit hole of which samples inspired the track. Ariel joins to discuss his work on Usher's "Climax" before Seinfeld2000 betrays Ezra's trust by Rickrolling him.




Top Five

  1. "One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)" - Drake
  2. "H.O.L.Y." - Florida Georgia Line
  3. "Formation" - Beyoncé
  4. "Hold Up" - Beyoncé
  5. "This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)" - Calvin Harris

Songs Played

  • "One of Us" - ABBA
  • "You're Not the One" - Sky Ferreira
  • “Big Lost” - Diplo
  • “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” - Andy Williams
  • “Maps” - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "Hold Up (Demo)" - Ezra Koenig
  • “Step” - Vampire Weekend
  • "Step to My Girl" - Souls of Mischief
  • “Aubrey” - Grover Washington, Jr
  • “Who’s That Girl” - Yz
  • "Step" - Vampire Weekend
  • "Step (feat. Danny Brown, Heems & Despot)" - Vampire Weekend
  • "To Anacreon in Heaven" - Douglas Jimerson
  • "The Star Spangled Banner (feat. The Florida Orchestra) [Super Bowl XXV]" - Whitney Houston
  • "Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version)" - Def Leppard
  • “Climax” - Usher
    “BUS RIDE (feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber)” - KAYTRANADA
  • “93 ‘Til Infinity”  Souls of Mischief
  • "This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)" - Calvin Harris
  • "Hold Up" - Beyoncé
  • "Formation" - Beyoncé
  • "H.O.L.Y." - Florida Georgia Line
  • "One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)" - Drake
  • "Too Good (feat. Rihanna)" - Drake
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