Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, recently stopped by Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal for a 90-minute discussion on his recent Freetown Sound album, the idea of "place," working with Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.
"I really want to be there to help make the best that they can and I can," he said in response to a question about his work with women artists. "I don’t go into it as this, like, “I’m the man that will help you.” I’m learning so much. I learn so much from the times I worked with Carly Rae Jepsen, it’s been really interesting and eye-opening to me."
He also opened up about limitations with regard to race and music, as well as the legacy of black music: "It’s a little disheartening to realize that, regardless of how far I think I can go, there’s a ceiling to it. When I listen to people like Nina or Stevie Wonder, it’s this feeling of exceptional artistry that just doesn’t get honored."
Watch Dev Hynes's full interview at Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal above.
Thumbnail image: Daniel Shea for The FADER.