Justin Timberlake Reveals Why He Came Back Now
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.14.2013
And how acting helped his new album...
Justin Timberlake spoke with two high school students for Rolling Stone about his new album, The 20/20 Experience. Here are highlights:
On why he came back now: "This is one of those times when stuff gets projected onto you. I would have taken a break regardless of if I would've done films or not because my last record was all-consuming and to go on tour like that, for me, I will not be the type of artist that puts out 10 to 15 albums. That's just not who I am. They're really special to me. I write music all the time, but until you really feel that desperate need to shout from the rooftops and express yourself in that way, I just kind of keep it to myself. I enjoy making music so much that if it doesn't come out, that's okay. If I get to listen to it in my car by myself, I'm just as happy because I get to hear something that I made. I'm not so caught up in the fact that you have to be in the center of attention. For me, when I do have something that I'm ready to express, I'm gonna burrow through whatever to get it heard. But for me, the journey along the way is really the most fun part; it's not about the outcome. It's really about making something that feels authentic. That's the one place you can do that."
On what making music means to him: "[The studio] really is one place that you can still go to that you can be completely free, at least in my opinion. You can lock yourself in a room and make a whole other world. I'm 32 and I still love it as much as I did when I was 18, so that should tell you amazing how it is."
On how acting has affected his music: "In some ways, it's made me take a slightly different approach to storytelling in some of my songs. I'm gonna put a lot of music out over the course of the year and some songs have become really concept-driven; some songs have become a simple idea that turns into something big. And songs, you write them different every time; you get an idea for a song and you go, "Okay, I want to turn this idea into something." And then you wait until you feel like the accompaniment that you're creating or sometimes you take a completely different approach, where the accompaniment starts first, the arrangement starts first, and you're like, "Oh." It gives you a melody idea and then for some reason the melody you start singing starts turning into words, like "Push Your Love Girl." I look back at my last album; to me, that was a character. I don't wear three-piece suits every day (laughs); I'm not always on my suit and tie. There's a time and a place for everything, but when you hear it and you see it, all of a sudden the visual comes into place."