Why I Love Solange Knowles – Interviews with Vibe x Refinery 29

Earlier this week Vibe.com and Refinery 29 both unleashed some dope conversations with Solange Knowles. Now an independent performing artist, she spoke about (amongst other things), comparisons to her big sister, recording her new album and spoke fashion. I’ve been digging Solange’s style and music for a few years now, and although she’s been previously called quite rude or “bitchy” in her interviews, she seems totally open and comfortable in interviews that she’s chosen. The reasons why I love Solange are…

Her album-recording process:

“I went up to Santa Barbara, found this house on five acres in the mountains and invited a bunch of amazing musicians to come live there with me for a month and just experiment. We woke up around 10 a.m. and made music until midnight, all of course while drinking good wine, picking avocados from the trees outside to make guacamole, and maybe enjoying a joint or two. I left the process a little crazy, but I really feel like I came into my own.”

“…it was some hippy shit [Laughs]. There were some crazy moments. One of us would start strumming something on guitar in the morning and I would come in and hear a melody and then someone would lay some drums down to it. Then someone would add some keyboards and someone else would start blowing into a beer bottle. We were experimenting in a very jam session kind of way. We would record our jam sessions, take a break, eat lunch on the lawn and then start the evening by listening to those jam sessions with a clean palette. Then we would break down the songs and give them structure.

Her musings on much of today’s hip-hop and R&B scene:

“I think so many hip-hop artists are now jumping on this weird electro bandwagon thinking it will broaden their audience instead of doing what made them them in the first place. There’s definitely a group of folks in hip-hop like Kanye, Q-Tip, and ?uestlove who know how to appreciate an album like Bitte Orca and see the beauty in it. As for R&B, I’m so bored with it. After being an R&B junkie for years, I actually turned to a lot of indie music because I was just so uninterested. I grew up loving Missy Elliott, Destiny’s Child, SWV, Aaliyah, Carl Thomas, Melody… nowadays that substance and style are kind of dead with the exception of a few.”

Amen, Solange.

And finally, shoes!

“I’m all about the shoes! I order a ton of them online and play with my entire wardrobe until I find the right shoe. Unfortunately, so many people get it right from the head until the ankles. The shoe is very important. I can’t even fuck with you if your shoe game is slacking.”

Click to read the full VIBE and REFINERY 29 interviews.

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