The DJ talks about keeping things simple, her musical evolution and forging her own path in the industry.
(Photo: Fader Magazine)
Solange Knowles oozes cool on the Spring Style issue of Fader magazine. In her cover story, we get to follow the DJ along as she drops beats at New York City's Bowery Ballroom and nitpicks to perfection. Despite growing up under the shadow of sister Beyoncé, the younger Knowles has blossomed into a voice all her own and makes no apologies for dancing to her own sweet beats.
On finding her path:
"A lot of me wanting to get married so young and have a kid and move to Idaho and the country had to do with me, [from age] 13 to 17, being on the road and having to work so much," she says. "It wasn't really until after [my son] Julez was born [in 2004], that I started writing again. But I was writing these '60s soul and pop records and no one was picking them up. That's kind of what transitioned me into doing [the Sol-Angel] record, because I just kept writing them and nothing was happening, and I was like, 'Well, I guess I can give it another go.'"
"In all aspects of my career, simplicity is so key. I think it has a lot to do with how much the quality of my life has improved since Julez started school, which pretty much implemented a schedule and a lifestyle that revolves around a nine-to-five hour."
On her musical evolution:
"[In] four years, there's been so much artistic growth, so much growth just as a woman in [my] 20s, but especially as an artist. You're exposed to so much more from age 21 to 26, and you sure as hell care a lot less. It's been a little weird, for me, getting feedback — the last album was so different than this one. I am like, 'Yeah, I was 20 when I started writing it.' Is that supposed to be shocking? If it sounded similar, that would be really strange."
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