Post Malone: ‘I don’t like labels or borders that you have to fit into, let’s just make music.’
Post Malone rose to fame with his breakthrough single ‘White Iverson’. After that he delivered the folky single 'Go Flex', and it didn’t take much time before Republic Records signed him in August 2015. Since then, he has been touring with artists like Fetty Wap & Justin Bieber and released a mixtape called ‘August 26th’. Now, a little over a year later, his debut album ‘Stoney’ is here and Post is ready to go on tour with his first real body of work. On the 10th of February he will perform in Brussels. We were able to get in touch with him by phone while he was in his hotel room.
So how is Europe?
I’m having a great time man, I landed in Dublin like a couple of hours ago, I’m faded already. I love Europe. I just love the mentality here, people here love to just have a beer and smoke some… it’s crazy. (laughs)
You’ve released your debut album ‘Stoney’ and are now getting ready for the tour… how does it feel?
Right now I’m feeling great. This year, with the album that’s finally out, everything is smooth sailing and we can just put our music out at our own speed and do whatever we want to do. It took so long before the album came out (Editor's note: the album was expected to drop August 26th, but got postponed and was released December 9th). I’m excited to get my music out to people that may have never seen or heard me before.
What was it like writing the album? It’s your debut, how do you start on something like that?
We booked a couple of houses, just to get a living place where we could go and wake up and work. For every song I write I get up, have some beers and record a top line melody. After you listen to it a few times the words just come to you…
… so what was the hardest part of the process?
It’s hard to figure out lyrics that people can relate to. Lyrics that tell the story, but also represent yourself and are relevant, so that people all around the world can really enjoy the song. And that’s also exactly what we’re doing with my next album.
'Beerbongs & Bentleys'? I noticed you revealed the project on Twitter.
Yes, sir. You can expect a lot of production on my part. About my first single ‘White Iverson’, I produced most of that myself and for me it’s a lot easier to come up with ideas and a concept for the song if you make your own beats.
Last year you joined Justin Bieber on his Purpose tour, and he features on your track ‘Deja Vu’. What was it like working with him?
Justin is super dope. We’ve become great friends and I look forward to making more music with him. He’s one of the most talented people on earth, an inspiration to me and to a lot of other people. You can learn a lot from him. We bonded over a beer, love each other and just have a great time. You know, turn up!
Tracks like ‘Go Flex’ and ‘Leave” have this country, folky vibe. Is this something you want to continue doing?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 12 years old, and I’m 21 now. That’s how I got to really appreciate music! I definitely want to continue merging all my different passions, genres that I’ve grown to love and keep on incorporating them to make dope stuff. When it all comes together in a way that’s cohesive, that’s something super special.
You’ve already mentioned Justin Bieber as a big influence for you. Any others? Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I love Johnny Cash man, and I really want to make songs with Toby Keith and Tim McGraw. And some more stuff with Ye (Post Malone can be heard on ‘Fade’, a track off Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'). Anybody that wants to make music, I don’t like labels or borders that you have to fit into. Let’s just make music.
I read online that you already have some more work with Kanye West?
Hell yeah man! He really explores music to the boundaries and then breaks them. He doesn’t want to be one-way, he can go any-way. I love Ye, he made some crazy stuff and I can’t wait for people to hear it.
February 10th you’ll be performing at Bloody Louis, Brussels, and you have performed in Belgium before. Do you plan to take a different approach now?
Let me put it this way: what I love about this tour is that now I really have an album, a full body of work. The last tours that I’ve done were off singles and mixtapes. I’m really excited for people’s reaction. So, shoutout to Belgium. Let’s drink some beers and get weird!
We’re one hour away from the performance. What's your way of getting ready to perform?
Really, I'm just drinking beers and smoking cigarettes. I'm a shy guy, I have to be a bit tipsy to get on stage. (laughs)
Thanks for the talk Post
Thank you for having me, God bless you.
Post Malone will be performing at Bloody Louis, Brussels on the 10th of February.
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