The cover star shares her intimate journal for our spring/summer issue
Solange is the cover star of Dazed’s spring/summer 2018 issue. In her shoot, the singer is styled by Katie Shillingford and photographed by Jackie Nickerson on location in Jamaica, where she has been writing and recording new music.
For the cover story, Solange pens a poetic personal diary outlining her reflections on her time in Jamaica, where she wrote and recorded much of A Seat at the Table, and has returned to work once more. “I’ve spent two Christmases, one Thanksgiving, one breakup, one breakdown and one birthday in St Elizabeth”, she writes.
She writes about the process of creating new music on the island: “The crickets and roosters are so loud here, they are seeping through the mics on the recordings. They want to be heard, so I will keep them on top of the mix.”
“I start to chart out all the songs I’ve been working on, and give them intentions.”
“My demo names are always a trip and have little to do with the songs. This album, I might keep a few of them as real titles. We listen to a jam none of us even remember we made in the wee hours and wonder if it’s too esoteric. Then I wonder if Stevie Wonder would like it. If he happens to like it, I won’t worry so much about its life.”
The full feature can be read in Dazed’s spring/summer issue, which is out today (April 19) and can be bought here. A condensed version is now online. Follow Dazed on Facebook and Instagram for more updates on the issue.