Who is How To Dress Well?

His Thoughts on the Term "PBR&B"

How To Dress Well: "I’m not offended, it’s just tacky. Nothing worse than tacky motherfuckers. I don’t care. I’m honored to be put in the same group with people that I vibe with, but then like, at the end of the day, the real truth of things is in the details. If you put our records side-by-side, me and whoever, like you’re just not going to heard the same sounds, period.

 

Nothing I’m doing is about trend-hopping, and I think that you can hear that if you hear just a single second of any of my songs.

 

"I really love “Adorn” by Miguel. But I’ve heard Miguel do interviews, and he and I are coming at this from totally different angles. Very, very different musical backbones, approaches. I saw this live video of him where he’s got this dude wailing on electric guitar—it was at [MoMA] PS 1, it was at the warm-up—and I was just like ‘damn.’ I go out on the road with super mellow piano and violin, and he goes out with like ‘Waaaoohhhh.’ Okay we’re coming at this from totally different angles.

"I don’t feel pigeon-holed by anything. I was around before people started grouping me in with other artists who now are around, and I just have to trust that I’ll be around after. Nothing I’m doing is about trend-hopping, and I think that you can hear that if you hear just a single second of any of my songs. Also, just a part of me—I feel like people must be disappointed sometimes when they’re feel like ‘Oh this guy sounds like The Weeknd,’ and they put it on and they’re like ‘Oh this is like really fucking heavy, emotionally heavy shit.’

 

There’s way more diversity than that term suggests. There are some blogs or Tumblrs that are just Frank Ocean, How To Dress Well, and I’m like, what kind of form of life is this where this all makes sense alongside each other?

 

"I wanted something to throw on the iTunes playlist for tonight’s party, and this guy’s got like, swelling strings and he’s like singing about not knowing who he is and shit. For me I have some songs that make sense in that context, but then I also fit my songs more in a—just to continue this playlist metaphor—my shit is more like “When Can I See You Again” Babyface and “My Lady’s Story” by Antony than The Weeknd.

"Channel Orange is the record it is, but that stuff belongs alongside Stevie and not like some guy who’s combining noise elements and avant-garde composition. There’s way more diversity than that term suggests. There are some blogs or Tumblrs that are just Frank Ocean, How To Dress Well, and I’m like, what kind of form of life is this where this all makes sense alongside each other? That’s cool—I vibe with people putting together different things."

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