The gorgeous singer spills the tea to us on his newly released third album.
Lost in him
It’s felt like a long time between tunes for Mendes Army but the wait is finally over. Shawn is back with a rockier, edgier album and a pretty new aesthetic. And you know what a new album means, don’t you, fam? That’s right… a tour isn’t far behind!
So Shawn, tell us about the inspiration behind your rst single from the album ‘In My Blood’?
It was the first song I wrote for the album, actually. I was going through this, like, massive, massive Kings of Leon phase at the time and got in the studio. I just wanted to make something that was completely honest with myself. Started playing a ton of electric guitars and this was what I came up with. I was just really kind of going for an anthem and then I came up with this. I’m very proud of it, actually.
It was very different to your previous work. Did you intend to take your sound in a new direction?
The album is kind of a hybrid of a bunch of different things. ‘Friday’ is the complete contrast of ‘In My Blood’. But no, the Shawn Mendes everyone knows is still here – I’m still here, still alive.
You’re booked to play a couple of festivals over the US summer?
Yeah! This is going to be my first kind of real festival run in my life. So I’m excited. I feel that my new music leads towards more of a live aspect. I’m really excited to perform ‘In My Blood’ live. It sounds crazy with all the guitars.
So you’ll be properly rocking it out? Will we see a different Shawn on stage as well?
I’m sure he’ll grow a little bit but I’m not going to be breaking into any break dance or anything, I promise.
Do you enjoy the whole festival experience?
I actually never went to a festival until I was playing one and then I went to a few over the tour and they’re incredible. They’re really, really awesome because of how many acts you just learn about for the first time. And I think that’s what’s exciting for me, to get on that stage and play for people who have no idea who I am, or couldn’t care less. And to kind of win their hearts over.
Your fans are pretty keen for a collab with Justin Bieber. Is that something that could happen in the future?
I don’t know, it depends. I mean I know Justin and we’ve definitely talked about writing music together, but I think we’d probably write songs together before we would collab. But maybe one day, I really have no idea. Collaboration with artists is all based off of, you know, ‘in the moment’ feelings. It’s never like planning months ahead like, ‘We’re going to sing a song together’. It’s always just like one night you guys got together and started jamming and it worked out.
That’s the best way? Being round at someone’s house and getting the guitars out?
Exactly. That’s when the best-ever collaborations happen, at least I think.
That’s denitely the Ed Sheeran method. Is that how the song you wrote together came about?
He came out and played with me when I was in New York on the last tour, which was incredible. So technically we haven’t done a jam but we wrote together and it’s a song I really, really do love.
You have three pretty incredible collaborations on your album.
I have Khalid and Julia Michaels, who are artists that I absolutely adore and I’m such big fans of and look up to in so many ways. I couldn’t be happier with how the songs turned out. They’re very meaningful to me and the other artists so, yeah, I’m very happy.
So what is it like being on the road with Shawn Mendes? What goes on in the tour bus? Do you have a tour bus?
I do have a tour bus. I don’t know, it’s mainly just sleeping because we’re playing shows every day and we get on the bus and we fall asleep and wake up in another city. But there’s a lot of barbecue food being eaten, there’s a lot of sushi being eaten, there’s a lot of movies being watched. Like, we watch a lot of old classic movies. Other than that, I mean I just made it sound really boring, which it probably is.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen while on the road, driving through the night to different places?
I’ve seen, like, crazy trucks on fire, like, insane accidents on the road. I don’t know what
I’ve seen… I’m trying to think of where I’ve been in the world. In the craziest, darkest part of Germany, like, crazy gas stations at 2AM with, like, seven-foot-nine guys walking out of the bathroom.
What is on your rider?
I just ask for a bunch of fruit and I ask for cookies and tea, and I have these things that are super nerdy but it’s like sea salt water and I kind of swear by them, I really think they help me not get sick. But other than that, it’s just like fruit and cookies, to be honest.
Looking at your tweets, you can’t wait to get back out on the road?
I’m dying. I really am dying. It’s crazy, I take, like, two months away and I forget how much I truly, truly love what I do for a living, so yeah I’ve really got to get back out there.
It’s crazy, I take like two months away and I forget how much I truly, truly love what I do for a living.