Even though the latest studio album from The Weeknd, After Hours has yet to see even one year past its release, Abel Tesfaye is already developing his next project.
Per a recently conducted interview Tesfaye briefly noted on how his tour’s cancellation, in addition to the sociopolitical environment caused him to redirect his attention towards the follow up of After Hours. “I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road…The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me,” he said.
He also chose to reflect on his career in the music industry: “My natural singing voice was inspired and shaped by Ethiopian music. The older I got, I was exposed to more music, and my voice became a chameleon going into different characters with each album. By following my own path and breaking industry norms, it seems to be influencing others.” he continued, , “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.”
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