Toronto’s The Weeknd opens up to Beats 1 host about his new album and career to date.
The 40-minute conversation covers a lot of ground with The Weeknd delving into Starboy’s relationship to his previous trilogy (“[It’s] the next chapter in this chronicle”), how Daft Punk inspired him early on his career by staying mysterious, and how he tries to “make pop cool.”
Elsewhere, Tesfaye also opened up about his early use of alcohol to calm his nerves during live performances as well as the pressures of putting yourself out in front of people, how the album’s title track was recorded, and how he connected with Kendrick Lamar during the making of the new album. The interview took place in the studio Tesfaye recorded the album in, which he called “our universe” for the vibe that was developed during the sessions.
Starboy features production from Cashmere Cat, Diplo, Max Martin, Daft Punk, and The Weeknd and guest appearances from Lamar, Lana Del Rey, and Future. The album was named after the late David Bowie and was preceded by a short film, M A N I A.
The Weeknd performed a medley of the two Daft Punk collaborations on the album, “I Feel It Coming” and “Starboy”, on The Tonight Show Thursday.