After last week’s one-year anniversary of Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd opened up about the details of his latest project in an interview with VMAN. Here are six things we learned about the Toronto native and his upcoming album.
We might not be able to feel our faces after listening to his next record
Known for his melodic, unconventional slow-jams about drugs, parties and his many, many sexual partners, you might have thought that The Weeknd wouldn’t be able to top his first three albums. But you’re wrong—according to him, the best is yet to come.
“I think it’ll be the best-sounding album I’ve ever done,” he told VMAN, “Aggressive, but still sexy.”
He believes his career is just only starting
“Even though I’ve been putting out bodies of work for years, Beauty Behind the Madness felt like the beginning,” he said. “My purpose is to make exciting music, and I feel like I’ll be doing that for the rest of my life, so there’s no pressure. Nothing is stopping me from doing what I love to do.”
He has new musical inspirations
Other than the very obvious inspiration he draws from legends like Michael Jackson and Prince, this time around, The Weeknd is taking notes from artists like The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads and DeBarge. All these musicians play a big part in his new album, he said.
Before he wanted to make music, he wanted to make films
The Weeknd attributes his overall brand, sound and aesthetic to being shaped by directors David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.
“Before I ever thought of making music, I wanted to make films. I was writing screenplays and short stories before I ever wrote a full song,” he said.
He won’t sing about politics
This may come as a surprise to many after he pulled out of his Saturday Night Live performance in protest of Donald Trump being on the show earlier this year, but The Weeknd won’t be getting political on his new record.
“It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that there are people who can’t or won’t see what Black Lives Matter is trying to accomplish. I wish I could make music about politics. I feel like it’s such an art and a talent that I admire tremendously, but when I step into the studio I step out of the real world, and it’s therapeutic. It’s an escape, but recently it’s been very hard to ignore, and it’s also been very distracting. Maybe you’ll hear it in my voice, but it is not my forte.”
But it will contain themes of religion and materialism
And probably lyrics about sleeping with many women.