The island-flavored production was supplied by Ricky Reed (Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty
," Pitbull's "Fireball
"). Eight of the songs on Blurryface
, are Reed productions, including the band's first crossover hit, "Fairly Local
This was the first song Reed worked on. He recalled to Billboard
magazine: "They flew me out to Columbus, Ohio where they're from. I remember having heard the song 'Ride' just being like enamored with it, having heard the demo, and said, 'That's a special song, I'd love to work with it.'
So we did it over the course of a couple days in Columbus which was awesome. I mean Columbus, Ohio is a surprisingly cool city. They have a massive university, tons of stuff to do. We banged it out, the song was already written so as a producer I was able to focus all my energy on helping Tyler paint a landscape for his vision and his lyrics.
We actually finished it in L.A. We rented an old Hammond B3 Leslie organ, and some other kind of old standbys from some reggae production, like a '60s, '70s reggae production and threw that on the song. We finished it up right before the album came out and it's definitely one of my favorites that we did together."