Behind the Scenes of Adam Levine and John Carney's Reunion on 'Sing Street' (Exclusive Video)

“That’s how creativity, when you are young, starts — looking at your heroes.”

Sing Street follows Cosmo, a boy growing up in Dublin in the 1980s who is intent on following his dream of being a rock star. The film, which is a loose autobiography of writer/director John Carney, features an original song, “Go Now” by Adam Levine, who details the creative process in this exclusive featurette.

“I don’t think that at this point in time, anybody is able to cohesively tie music to movies as brilliantly as he does it,” explains Levine. “You don’t just break out into song for no reason. There’s always some actual reality-based reason why music plays a vital role in the storytelling. That’s what I love about it — it doesn’t feel like there’s that uncomfortable embarrassment from people going into song when they’re not supposed to be.”

When Carney showed the film to Levine, he was ecstatic that the Maroon 5 frontman loved it. “His response to it was so encouraging, I just sort of shouted down the phone, ‘If there’s anything you want to do, if that final song needs some work — if you would sing it, it would really help our movie.'”

Carney and Levine previously worked together on 2014’s Begin Again, which was the Maroon 5 frontman’s first starring role. In the film, Levine performs “Lost Stars” — a song that went on to be nominated for best original song at the Oscars in 2015. Nonetheless, Levine connected more with Sing Street’s narrative. “It’s hard for me to say this is my favorite movie of his, because I was in [Begin Again], but it is.” Watch the featurette above.