Justin Bieber opens up about his next studio album.
Bieber changed the direction of his forthcoming record after a positive shift in his mindset, and the likes of Kanye West and Rick Rubin will assist the self-proclaimed prince of pop in recording it.
Opening up to Hero magazine, JB explains the change between recording his first record to now.
“The biggest difference is that I’m older, I was 17 when I recorded most of my last album and I’m 21 now. I’ve been through a lot in a public way which gives me a much different perspective on things. I am working with producers like Kanye [West] and Rick Rubin who have influenced me and the music I listen to in a big way. The creative process this time around is more personal, when was younger I would take other people’s experiences, now I have my own to draw from and it makes all the difference because it’s a release. It’s amazing because I’m able to really work out anything I am feeling in my music. I’m nervous whenever I put out new work because it’s such a personal journey, but I try to remember music is meant to be enjoyed – so I try to roll with it.”
Bieber recently told Ryan Seacrest he credits Kanye West for pushing him in the studio, saying “he definitely wants it to be my way and my direction and he doesn’t want to steal what I want. That’s why artists like to go to him, because he pulls something out of you that other people don’t.”
Many remain skeptical over the Biebs’ latest sentiment, assuming his Comedy Central Roast, his several apologies on Ellen and the polite social media posts are a carefully thought out PR campaign to get the public back on his side. And so what if it is?
“I hope people felt the sincerity in my apologies,” Bieber continued. “There are a lot of things that have happened in the last couple years that I’m not very proud of and I feel a responsibility to my fans and to the public who believe in me to make it right. I hope everyone believed it – because it was honest.”
His latest song with Jack Ü (Skrillex and Diplo), “Where Are Ü Now,” might be a taste of what fans can expect from the 21-year-old. He’s trying a more “grown up” sound, as he puts it, and wants to let the music speak for itself.
“It’s definitely hard having so many people judge you from a distance. Sometimes you just want to explain yourself, but then that’s giving into gossip and it makes things worse. It’s a tough line to walk.”