He also says the way Daft Punk make music is “very cinematic”.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, The Weeknd notes that his new album Starboy, due out this month, was “a thousand percent” influenced by the deaths of David Bowie and Prince. According to the article, The Weeknd (né Abel Tesfaye) was set to record with Prince at his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota before his death in April, too.
Tesfaye also notes that the name Starboy is a nod to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust track ‘Starman’. (And here all this time I thought it was in honor of Mavado.) “I just love Bowie, I think he’s the ultimate inventor,” he says.
On working with Daft Punk, Tesfaye says: “Their studio is like a spaceship, there’s a lot of gear… But the way they make music, the way they explain it, is very cinematic. It’s like they’re reading a page out of a novel — ‘We want to make sure that at the end, it feels like the sun’s coming up, and maybe there’s a car chase.’ They can get technical, but it was interesting how they visualize making music.”
Starboy is due out November 25.