Justin Timberlake: "If Led Zeppelin Can Make a 10-Minute Song, So Can I"

JT also opens up about evoking Bob Dylan in the studio
Christie Goodwin

If you're wondering why Justin Timberlake made his The 20/20 Experience track "Mirrors" over eight minutes long, it's because Led Zeppelin and Queen did it. Duh.

JT spoke to Capital FM (via NME) about his upcoming album and musical influences, and said he ditched convention when putting together the new tracks. "When we were making the record I said, 'If Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin can do 10-minute songs and Queen can do 10-minute songs then why can't we?' We'll figure out the radio edits later."

Timberlake also shared how one of his idols, Bob Dylan, influenced The 20/20 Experience. "Music is for dreamers. You should be able to create another world that you can live in. I'm not gonna speak for Bob Dylan... but from my perspective, as a fan, it seems to me that he started creating music that made him feel like another person and that's what it should do. [The studio] really is one place that you can still go to that you can be completely free. You can lock yourself in a room and make a whole other world."

The 20/20 Experience drops March 15.

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