Ariana Grande: "Mac and I had been friends for a really long time. He tweeted me and he was like, 'Let’s make music." I went over to his house and we became best friends. We make really weird music together. When we’re just hanging out, we’ll make music that’ll probably never make it to any of my albums. It’s just weird and experimental and sounds super bizarre and fun, and I love it. But he’s a great producer, a lot of people don’t know that.

 

The most fun part about Mac doing the feature is that since we were already such good friends, we got to hang out while he was doing it. I went into his kitchen and I baked cookies while he was working on the first verse.

 

"The thing I loved about “The Way” is that it gave me butterflies. When I was in the studio recording it I knew it was special, I was like, 'This is it. If I’m gonna release a first single, this has gotta be it. I don’t know, if this isn’t a hit then I don’t know what good music is.' I just had such a special feeling about it. The song did incredibly well, I’m so thankful. Every time I hear it on the radio, still, I freak out.

"I was down with the sample, I loved it, but I wasn’t in charge of that. Harmony Samuels worked on it and handed it to me, and I was like, 'Oh my God. This is it.' I just had such a special feeling, I smiled so hard the whole time I was recording it."The most fun part about Mac doing the feature is that since we were already such good friends, we got to hang out while he was doing it. I went into his kitchen and I baked cookies while he was working on the first verse. By the time the first batch of cookies was done, he was done with the intro.

"I wanted a fun, romantic, cute, bouncy video that looked like it was flirty and romantic and sexy and I wanted the video to make people feel how the song makes me feel and I feel like we accomplished that. It doesn’t look like a music video, it looks like I’m having a blast with a bunch of balloons by myself with a cute boy."