John Legend, a musician and songwriter who shot to fame with the discharge of his debut album “Get lifted”, spoke to Euronews on a go to to Dubai.
The 41-year-old is one in every of solely a dozen individuals to have received an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony award and he’s the first-ever African-American to take action.
Previous to his singing profession, he had composed many hit songs for artists corresponding to Alicia Keys, Twista, Janet Jackson and Kanye West.
Legend has additionally turn into identified for his left-wing political activism and fundraising. He publically supported Democrat nominee Elizabeth Warren, earlier than she dropped out of the 2020 presidential race.
Earlier than the COVID lockdown, Euronews obtained to ask him a couple of questions.
You have performed in lots of cities world wide. What do you assume are the primary elements to create a great, wholesome, vibrant music scene inside a metropolis?
Nicely, I feel a part of it’s doing massive reveals like this. However quite a lot of what makes and defines a metropolis’s music scene is the smaller venues and the native artists which are in a position to carry out at these venues. I feel that is what helps create a music scene.
It is all the time good to carry an even bigger artist in and do massive venues like this. However I feel what defines a metropolis is whether or not there is a vibrant marketplace for musicians that stay there and may work collectively and collaborate and carry out collectively within the metropolis.
What does it take to maneuver an artist from town degree to the world stage?
Nicely, I am certain there’s rather a lot that goes into it. A few of it’s simply luck, assembly the appropriate individual on the proper time. A part of it is the precise artist. What have they got to say? What sorts of songs do they create? And have they got one thing particular that the world desires to see and desires to listen to?
You recognize, should you mix having the appropriate artists, the appropriate materials and a bit little bit of luck, issues can work out for town as a complete.
How necessary is artwork for society in a metropolis?
It is the lifetime of town. A metropolis can exist and it is not a metropolis that is pleasing with out the tradition of town.
So artwork, music, dance, all of that training, all this stuff come collectively to assist form of outline the tradition of town.
You are a musician, a father and a philanthropist, however you are additionally politically outspoken. How do you assume President Trump’s impeachment will have an effect on his marketing campaign for re-election?
I do not know tips on how to have an effect on it. Hopefully, he will not get re-elected. However I really feel like that was the case whether or not or not he obtained impeached or not.
We hope that America, Individuals study a lesson that he is not. He is to not be trusted with this a lot energy. Hopefully, America has learnt that lesson. However who is aware of?
Thanks very a lot, John.