His next album, The Weeknd Said, is influenced by COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Movement
After Hours, The Weeknd‘s new studio album, has been out for less than a year, but Abel Tesfaye is working on his forthcoming project already.
In a recent interview, the head of XO Records briefly touched on how he refocused his attention on the After Hours follow-up by canceling his scheduled tour and the socio-political climate.
“During the pandemic, I was more inspired and creative than I could normally be while on the road…
The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the election tensions mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness to the people around me,” he said.
My natural singing voice was influenced and formed by Ethiopian music,” The Weeknd also took a look back at his career in the industry.” The older I became, the more music I was introduced to, and with each song my voice became a chameleon going through various characters. By following my own path and breaking industry norms, it seems to be influencing others.
” He added, “I was laser focused back then and I’m laser focused right now. This has been the story of my 20s. I feel like I spent the last 10 years creating a sound and most of my career, I’ve either been running away from it or duplicating it. After Hours was the perfect piece of art for me to show my tenure in the industry.”