Solange Speaks on New Music and How Relationship With Father “Was Not Always Very Good”


After the release of her highly acclaimed album “A Seat at the Table,” Solange recently sat down with Billboard to discuss what she’s been up to since then. Solange revealed that while she is definitely still writing music, she’s “not interested in entertainment at this moment.”
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“This cycle of you put out an album, now you go and perform it, and then you go back and you work on another one for however long, and then as soon as that’s done, you put one out again… it’s the cycle that the music industry has set in place for us,” she said. “Artists are really whimsical. And I have a 13-year-old son now, so that is a compass of how I have to set up my life and set up my work. It matters to be present with him. I’m relieved when I hear other mothers say, ‘Yeah, we’re going through this, too.'”
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Despite her lack of interests in releasing any music anytime soon, she has gotten the opportunity to travel to Laurel Canyon, Topanga Canyon, and Jamaica during her writing tour.
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As fans know, Solange is all about location when it comes to her songwriting experience. The singer/songwriter wrote most of “A Seat at the Table” in New Iberia, her mother’s hometown.
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She also spoke about interviewing her mother and father for the skits on the album, and how it helped her understand her father ”so much more.”
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“Obviously, my parents are divorced, and getting the two of them in a room together was a powerful moment in time. They really led the conversation. I felt that because of my yearning to know, they were honest with me,” she said. “I understood my father so much more. To sort out my adolescent and young adult years, there was still so much I needed to know because our relationship was not always very good. It’s still very much a work in progress. But I think I have a much clearer idea of the trauma that he experienced and how it felt like it was then generationally passed on to me.”

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