Aaron Dessner Kept Taylor Swift Collaboration Secret From 8-Year-Old Daughter

The National's Aaron Dessner. Photo by Adela Loconte/Shutterstock (10333563g)

Aaron Dessner decided to keep his Taylor Swift collaboration a secret from his 8-year-old daughter, who happens to be a big Swift fan.

Aaron Dessner is the guitarist of The National. He co-wrote and produce 11/16 of the songs on Swift’s surprise album.

Folklore dropped on Friday (June 24) and was kept a secret up until the day of the release. This means that Dessner was bound by a confidentiality agreement and had to keep the production of the record a secret from his daughter just in case she spilled the beans.

“I was so glad that we kept it [a secret] because I didn’t want to be the one that spilled the beans,” Dessner told Apple Music. “I have an eight-year-old daughter, and one day she asked me. She’s just like, ‘Daddy, do you know Taylor Swift?’ It was the morning after we’d written one of these songs.

“And every time we would write a song, it was like a weird lightning bolt, getting this struck by lightning or something, just exhilarated with electricity. I just looked her straight in the eye and said, ‘No’. I honoured my confidentiality.”

You can listen to Folklore on Spotify now.