This past September, Solange’s A Seat at The Table created an avenue for black woman everyone to say how we feel. Having written, arranged, and co-produced the album herself, Solange made a big statement about hard work, creativity, diligence, and courage. Since it’s release, she’s earned a grammy nomination, performed live on Saturday Night Live, and has begun touring across the country.
The two sisters got on the phone (like most sisters do) and held a conversation that opened the door even wider to the process behind A Seat at The Table. The loving bond between them was clear, almost tangible, as the two engaged in easy banter that felt audible from the text.
Beyoncé begins by reminiscing on her sister growing up, being a funky, eccentric kid always obsessed with music:
Beyoncé: You were obsessed with Alanis Morissette and Minnie Riperton and mixing prints with your clothes … when you were only 10 years old. You would lock yourself in a room with your drum set and a record player and write songs. Do you remember that? Of course you do. What else attracted you growing up?
Solange: I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age—whether it was through dance, poetry, or coming up with different projects. I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate—I had a lot of things to say.
When asked about being in charge of her own musical process, Solange reveals her biggest inspiration was Missy Elliot.
“One of my biggest inspirations in terms of female producers is Missy. I remember seeing her when you guys worked together and being enamored with the idea that I could use myself as more than a voice and the words.”
She continues to explain the meaning behind Cranes in the Sky, describing it as an emotional piece created eight years ago after breaking up with her son’s father. In addition, Solange says her album cover was selected to promote intimacy and a “closeness” with the listener. On a less professional note, when Beyoncé asked if she was a good big sister throughout the years the singer replied: You did a kickass job. You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever.
Read the full interview on Interview Magazine here