For Solange Knowles, the last four years have seen more change than most artists see in an entire career. Since her last album, she left Interscope Records for indie label Terrible Records, found love, become an aunt, and released an incredible new EP, titled True. RU sat down with Solange and True-collaborator Dev Hynes to talk about the new EP, changing labels, and possible future projects. Read below for her thoughts and check the full interview here.
Did you always intend for True to be an EP?
Solange: We were in Santa Barbara, which is the first place that we started to work. We were just kinda experimenting with different sounds and different sonics and different collaborators. There were other producers who were working with us as well and it just became really clear to me that the music me and Dev were creating together was very special, and from then I just transitioned into wanting Dev to produce the record.
What made you sign with an indie coming from a major label like Interscope?
Solange: I think I just wanted the easiest approach and I wanted to just get the music out there as easiest and as most pleasant as it could be. I know that just based off this week alone and four years ago when I put out a record, the release week has just been night and day, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we’re all friends. [Terrible Records co-founder] Ethan [Silverman] is a really good friend of mine; he has been for four years now and it just felt natural and easy and fun. It’s really such a fun experience for us all to be here together and all kinda embark on this journey together. Everybody who is pretty much involved with this project from the video director to the photographer, we’re all just friends and it just makes it a much more pleasant experience.
You mentioned that you are working on another project…
Solange: There’s just so much material that I started to work on and started to write and started to develop that was never completed and sonically it is a very different sound from [True], but it’s something that I definitely want to explore a little bit more. However it comes out, it will come out.