Gwen Stefani: ‘No Doubt’s songwriting process is desperate’

The band also reveal they have been taking advice from Prince for their sixth album

No Doubt have spoken out about their first studio album since 2001’s ‘Rock Steady’, with singer Gwen Stefani calling the band’s songwriting process “desperate”.

The band are set to release their sixth album later this year. The album will include songs entitled ‘Undercover’, ‘Settle Down’, ‘Easy’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Dreaming The Same Dream’, the latter of which Stefani called a “prom song”. When asked if the new record has a theme, Stefani replied:

We wish we were good enough to craft it and have a vision, but our songwriting process is sort of desperate – we’re just praying that something comes out.

Stefani also revealed that songwriting sessions for the album would take place from 5pm until midnight, after she had cared for her children during the day, as well designing for her fashion line LAMB and “working out”. “That’s the horror of any creative person,” she told Q Magazine, “to have to be creative between certain times.”


Stefani also said that she’d been taking songwriting advice from Prince:

Prince once said to me, ‘Do you ever just try and write a hit song? You know, instead of trying to be all arty about it?’