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Josh Ramsay Discusses Marianas Trench and Co-Writing Call Me Maybe with

Though they might not realize it, U.S. pop fans are already very familiar with the work of Josh Ramsay: after all, the Canadian singer-songwriter (second from left, above) produced and co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," one of the biggest radio hits of 2012. Now, his band -- the ambitious pop-rock quartet Marianas Trench, which took home the Group of the Year trophy at Canada's Juno Awards last Saturday (Apr. 20) -- is setting its sights on a U.S. breakthrough of their own. On Apr. 10, Marianas Trench announced a deal with Cherrytree Records, which became their label home in all territories outside of Canada.

Ramsay first worked on Jepsen's debut album, 2008's "Tug of War," which largely featured contemplative singer-songwriter material. When Jepsen later came up with the hook for "Call Me Maybe," however, Ramsay chose to push his friend in a dance-pop direction. In an effort to keep the song true to its beginnings, he chose to add orchestral strings to the rhythm section rather than synthesizers, and eventually created an inescapable sound.

"She came in with such a different song at first," Ramsay says. "It had what became the chorus' lyrics and melody. She already had that as the pre-chorus in a different song that was like a folk song. So we put that into a different song and built a new song around it."

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