Who is How To Dress Well?

The Future

How To Dress Well: "For me, R&B is going in two different directions. One one hand, there’s going—and I don’t mean to say a ‘good’ direction and a ‘bad’ direction, cause I really fuck with “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown, cause that shit is like tacky as fuck. It’s a cornball song. R&B is going in that like, David Guetta direction on one hand, and like, this Jeremih mixtape which isn’t getting any attention is a fucking masterpiece.

"I’ve never heard a record like it. It’s so good. And like who knows what this next Dream record could be like. I think it could be absolutely wild, cause 1977 is like on some other shit. But then, for me like I’m really inspired right now by slower songs, and more somber tones. I have this playlist where it’s called “Inspire,” where I throw shit there that I think is going to influence my next record. What is it called? It’s by Johan Johansson, he’s an avant-garde composer.

"Let me pull up the playlist. [scans playlist on cell phone] I’m super moved by this guy called Ezekiel Honig, he makes crazy, beautiful music. It’s called “The Sun’s Gone Dim.” The title’s too long to share the whole thing. But it’s the final sequence in this five-part composition called IBM 1401: A Users Manual by Johan Johansson. I put this in a playlist alongside “Angel’s Cry” by Mariah, and a song I’ve been listening to every morning for the past four weeks, “I Look To You” by Whitney Houston.

"I never listened to this shit before in my life ever, but this dude Elliott Smith, listening to that for the first time ever and being really moved it. I have no idea where my shit’s going to go next. Just cause like, I follow whatever I feel like is really hitting my heart. It’s hard to know, but like, music I think is on the verge of like—there are synthesis, possible synthesis on the horizon, which could completely transform what we think about genre and music in general.

"I think I just have to continue to be true to myself—that’s all one can do as an artist. Artists start a trend, and people expect you to follow it up, but you didn’t start the trend, you were making your sounds. The trend is not me—the sounds I made are what I endorse and stand behind. By in large, the naming of the trend is like a commercial, journalistic gesture, that’s meant to be able to tag the content. But the content is always shifting and always weirder than the genre suggests. I just have to like, not think about that stuff and keep following my shit. Following myself."

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