Andre 3000, AKA Andre Benjamin, succumbed to the pressure of producing new music. He said in an interview that he will not be making any new music, he spoke about the challenges of recording and releasing new material.
The artist said “I haven’t been making much music, man, my focus is not there, my confidence is not there. I tinker. I tinker a lot. Like, I’ll just go to my piano and just sit my iPhone down and just record what I’m doing. Move my fingers around, whatever happens. I haven’t been motivated enough to make a serious project. I’d like to, but it’s just — it’s just not coming.”
He reassured his fans that he would continue to make crazy instrumental music which he is passionate about. “In my own self, I’m trying to figure out where I sit,” he said. “I don’t even know what I am. And maybe I’m nothing. Maybe I’m not supposed to be anything. Maybe my history is kind of handicapping in a way. And so I’m just trying to find out what makes me feel the best right now. And what makes me feel the best is when I do these random instrumental kind of things. They make me feel the most rebellious.”
He has said he feels “instantly attacked” when he releases new music and therefore does not have the “space to experiment” like he used to. Constant critiquing is also a hindrance faced by many artists. Not everyone’s got thick skin like Billie Eilish who fought her haters by asking them to focus on more challenging issues rather than herself.
This is not the first time that fans have demanded too much from their idols. Iggy Azela talked about the same pressure she faced when releasing her new album. In the new digital age of instant gratification, people are always hungering for new content and artists are human too! Not everyone is creative all year round. This is an issue that needs to be widely discussed with regards to fan etiquette. Art should flow, not be forced out.