I’m not going to lie, I fronted on R. Kelly for a long time. But dude is completely amazing. The new Interview Magazine has a great feature with Kelly interviewed by Will Oldham / Bonnie Prince Billy.
Consider this exchange:
KELLY: I get interrupted in my sleep all the time. You know, “Lost in Your Love” I was going to sleep on my living room couch and [sings] I want to bring love songs back to the radio . . . came in my head and I was awakened. So I’d go down to the studio, and when I go down to the studio, I be in there, you know, I don’t know what time it is. It’s pretty much like Vegas in there, you know? Like, whatever.
OLDHAM: Is there someone waiting there in the studio to push record? Or do you go in, push record yourself, and take notes and things like that?
KELLY: Well, my engineers kind of switch shifts like bus drivers, you know.
A lot of the interview is about Kells’ new album, Love Letter which is a different zone than his other work.
“I was working on the Zodiac album, which was all, like, the bump’n’grinds- I couldn’t work on it because I was so overwhelmed and overpowered and pretty much musically abducted by this other period. So I switched and started working on Love Letter, and the next thing you know, “When a Woman Loves” came out and I was like, I was like, “wow.” You know, my music comes to me like that. It talks to me. It just teases me sometimes.”