Guitarist James Valentine told Billboard
"In the case of Julia Michaels, she wrote 'Help Me Out,' sent it in [with] her voice is on the demo. She's a f--king amazing singer, and it's like, 'How are we not gonna have her on this record? She sounds amazing!' And it works thematically to have Adam sing a verse and then to have her come in. And it's awesome to have SZA too
. She sounds amazing. In the case of Julia and SZA, they're both just in the beginning of what I think are gonna be these epic, long careers. We're so privileged to be here at the beginning."