Anderson .Paak & Flying Lotus Talk Creativity, Dreaming & More For Interview Magazine

blame it on Patrick Glynn March 8, 2017

The concept of artists interviewing artists isn’t crazy new, but Interview Magazine is putting that concept in print. At the beginning of the year, Beyoncé interviewed her sister Solange about A Seat At The Table and other various topics like family.

Continuing the artist-on-artist series, Flying Lotus got in touch with Anderson .Paak to talk about creativity, NxWorries, being the understudy to Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, dreaming and more.

Check out snippets from the interview below, and read the whole thing on Interview’s website.

On .Paak havng his own studio space now:

“It’s kind of weird to have my own space and to have the scene a little less chaotic and to feel like I’m not under pressure to get things done really quick. It is almost a little unsettling, so I’ve had to figure out what is that ideal situation, because I got comfortable working with my back against the wall. I’ve been really enjoying figuring out what kind of creative space I can get the most out of.”

On forming the Free Nationals while working under Husayn:

“I was part of putting [Husayn’s] band together when he was doing Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka [2009]. After the album came out and I was putting the band together, we’d have rehearsals and learn a lot about the Free National movement [an offshoot of the Moorish Science Temple of America, in which adherents, Moorish Nationals, believe they are sovereign citizens]. When we transitioned into doing more of my stuff, I knew that I wanted to name my band Free Nationals because I wanted to carry that concept over to “We are a band that is indigenous to funk, R&B, and soul music. We’re native to that.”

Working with Knxwledge:

“It’s like, you read about a lot of producers that are introverts, and Knxwledge is one of them. He’s a little more comfy, but he’s very much into his own thing and his own world, and I love that about him. He doesn’t put on a face for nobody. He is who he is, and it’s very refreshing for me to work with somebody like that. That was my first project doing a whole project with one producer, so it was great for me. I think it was one of my more cohesive pieces of work.”