In the midst of his “Summer’s Over Tour” with Jeremih, PARTYNEXTDOOR stopped by Power 98 in Charlotte, North Carolina for a rare interview about his career thus far.
The conversation swayed from PND’s work with Drake and Rihanna to his songwriting process. He also opened up about why he feels shielded from the music industry thanks to OVO.
The “Summer’s Over Tour” is hitting The Fillmore in Washington, D.C. tomorrow (Nov. 16) before continuing through North America. The run ends at The Masonic in San Francisco on Dec. 11.
Watch the full Q&A and see highlights from the conversation below.
On his tour with Jeremih: “It’s going pretty well. We’re still getting out the kinks but it’s very fun. Me and Jeremih are having a lot of fun on the road right now. [Fans] can expect rhythm and blues, a lot of smashes from the boy Jeremih, a lot of emotions from me.”
On working with Drake: “It’s very inspiring. It keeps you motivated. It keeps you on your toes.”
On working with Rihanna: “It was inspiring. She let me into her house, literally. It was a working camp, a working environment. She told me a few stories. I interviewed her and then I wrote a few songs for her. That’s really how it went down.”
On writing songs for himself: “I prefer writing for myself because I like the challenge. It’s a way harder challenge to write for myself.”
On what inspires his music: “Memories of women.”
On the industry: “Being on OVO, they kind of protect me from the industry so I’m not around it unless I chose to be or unless I ask to be. I’m literally at home making my own music unless I ask to be in somebody’s house writing music for them.”