Avant-soul auteur Bilal recently paid a visit to Boiler Room, opening up on camera in a lengthy interview that touched on a multitude of subjects crucial to his career success. Speaking directly on his excellent 2015 LP In Another Life, Bilal stressed a balance between “science and emotion” is what makes his work so successful. That, and his well-honed male falsetto–a crucial element of In Another Life‘s (and all his records’) power. “I feel like anyone can learn how to sing. I don’t know if anyone can learn how to be an awesome singer,” he stressed, admitting that talent (he calls it “awesomeness”) is something you’re born with.
Bilal and his host go on to discuss the notion of “Neo-Soul” and what labeling music can do to both an artist and their listening audience, and then get heavy into a discussion of commercialism in the music industry and the (sometimes) necessary evil of marketing music that comes from a vulnerable human place. To close out the segment, Bilal performs both “Satellites” and “I Really Don’t Care” in a stripped-down, guitar-only type of way. It’s an excellent and extended look at one of the most talented and important artists working today, so don’t delay and watch the clip in full below.
Bilal Fall 2015 Tour Dates:
Thursday 20 August 2015 – The Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US
Thursday 03 September 2015 – Club Tequila, Houston, TX, US
Saturday 12 September 2015 – Detroit Opera House, Detroit, MI, US
Tuesday 29 September 2015 – City Winery, Chicago, IL, US
Wednesday 30 September 2015 – City Winery, Chicago, IL, US