In a recent interview, singer The Weeknd has revealed how he once couldn’t write music in the past except when he was on drugs.

Speaking to The Guardian’s Tom Lamont, he revealed a couple of things about himself, his past and his music. He revealed that he cut his signature dreadlocks because they were making sleeping difficult, and that he’d missed being able to wear face caps.

He talked about dropping out of school with best friend La Mar Taylor at 17, and moving into a one-room apartment where all they did was throw parties and do all sort of drugs including ketamine, cocaine, MDMA, mushrooms and cough syrup. He admitted that looking back at it, it wasn’t such a wise decision.

He said: “I could have ruined my whole life by dropping out of school. The consequences might have been horrible.”

He opened up on his drug use, which is said was “very heavy” when he first started out. “When I had nothing to do but make music, it was very heavy. Drugs were a crutch for me. There were songs on my first record that were seven minutes long, rambling – whatever thoughts I was having when I was under the influence at the time. I can’t see myself doing that now.”

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Having been making music for years now, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, said that both his mind and music have grown since he began.

“The mind of a 19-year-old is very different from the mind of a 26-year-old. You grow. You get into better relationships. You experience more, meet more people, better people. But when you’re in a dark hole, at an earlier point in your life – you write about the mindset you’re in at that moment.”

 

You can read the whole interview here.