Blackbear talks new album In Loving Memory, his upcoming Nothing Matters Tour, writing for other artists like Maroon 5, updates on Mansionz 2 and so much more on this weeks Pop Culture Weekly with Kyle McMahon.
Blackbear is an incredibly gifted multi-platinum multi-hyphenate who has been pumping out music both for himself and for other artists since 2012. Having written Justin Bieber's massive smash Boyfriend with Mike Posner, he was ready to unleash his own music into the world. Through five studio albums, numerous mixtapes and multiple EPs, Blackbear made a name for himself as someone who was not just a singer / songwriter / producer - but a true artist.
With the release of his sixth studio album, In Loving Memory, Blackbear takes a turn into Emo Pop-Punk,with features by New Found Glory, The Used, Bayside and Machine Gun Kelly. He co-produced the album with Travis Barker, who also played drums on every track. Blackbear said this sound was both organic and intentional. On the latest episode of Pop Culture Weekly, he states:
It was 20%: I just did a pop album, (so) let's bring some guitars in. But it was also 80%: I want to be true to me and how I grew up and tell the story of how I grew up in the form of the kind of music I listened to when I was a kid. And just nostalgic sh*t.
The album title, In Loving Memory, refers to his father, who passed away earlier this Summer. The two did not have much of a relationship, so Blackbear used his art to deal with the immensely tragic loss.
It's a it's a letter to my dad who passed away on July 29, And you know...he passed away and I never really got to say goodbye to him. We never talked growing up. We don't have a relationship. So I just wanted to write him something that he could hear beyond the grave...It's dark, but that's what it's about. It's a concept album. For ghosts.
Additionally, Blackbear talks about writing hits for artists like Kane Brown (Memory) and Maroon 5 (Beautiful Mistakes), his upcoming Nothing Matters Tour with support from Mod Sun and when we can expect Mansionz 2 - a sequel to the genre bending joint album with Mike Posner. You can listen to the full interview on this weeks episode of Pop Culture Weekly.