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When Taylor Swift brought out a surprise guest performer during her Reputation Stadium Tour stop at the Rose Bowl in Southern California in May, singer-songwriter Leland stood in the front row already knowing all too well who’d be joining her for the guest duet. With 60,000 people watching, Swift introduced Troye Sivan. They sang Sivan’s “My My My”—a song Leland co-wrote—while strutting on the stage like synchronized models.
“That moment was insane,” Leland said. “Troye’s mom and I were in the very front right by the runway, clutching each other and crying. That is what was really special and it felt like that song was finally in an arena like it’s supposed to be.”
As best friends, Leland and Sivan have shared a wild year together, including Leland receiving a tear-inducing video call from Sivan with some big news.
“I was sitting outside Target when he FaceTimed me to tell me about Saturday Night Live and we both cried,” Leland said, recalling Sivan being selected to perform their co-written tracks “My My My” and “The Good Side” on SNL. “If you’d have told me that [SNL and Taylor Swift] were going to happen this year, I would not have believed you.”
Leland, known as Brett McLaughlin to friends, kept his momentum going this summer and fall by joining Troye’s tour as an opening act. Before their show at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Leland stopped by ONE37pm to talk about producing the soundtrack for Netflix’s teen hit Sierra Burgess is a Loser and reveal untold stories about writing songs for Charli XCX, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Sabrina Carpenter, Betty Who, Allie X, Daya, OneRepublic and more.