The Weeknd Dishes On New Album, Influenced By Talking Heads, Bad Brains, The Smiths
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:49:39
Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, opened up about his next album in an interview with VMAN. He says, "There are new inspirations on this album. The production feels aggressive but still sexy. The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, Prince, and DeBarge play roles. We wrote it all in Los Angeles. I think it'll be the best-sounding album I've ever done. It's hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced."
There is still no date or name for The Weeknd's forthcoming album, butt it seems as if he'll continue to push the envelope. In the same interview, he discussed his feelings on the now infamous line, "When I'm f***ed up, that's the real me," from "The Hills" off his breakout album Beauty Behind the Madness, "That line was specific for the situation that song was talking about. It ended up being the lyric everybody started relating to, and then it wasn't until the song blew up that I realized how much of a reality it was in most people's lives. Unfortunately, a lot of great things have happened when I was f***ed up, and sometimes I ask myself whether any of it would have been possible if I was sober. People might look at it as a sad reality, but when I perform it, the people sing it with so much joy. That's what really matters to me." It seems as if The Weeknd has no plans in changing his direction, and for fans this is probably the best thing they could hear.
The Weeknd only has to two more shows set for this year. The first will occur at The Meadows Music Festival in Flushing, New York, which takes place October 1st and 2nd. The last is set for Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, which takes occurs October 28th through 30th.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff