MIAMI — [artist id=”2545682″]Drake[/artist] often cites Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Kanye West as artists who inspired his career, from his sound to his stage presence.
But for the Toronto star’s new tour, Light Dreams and Nightmares, which kicked off this week in Miami, he said he drew from outside of hip-hop.
The unlikely source: One of Woodstock’s finest.
“It’s a really stunning setup, heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix,” Drake told MTV News. “Not necessarily in any set that he designed, but more so his music and his vibe. It’s called the Light Dreams and Nightmares Tour — it’s very psychedelic. It’s very much based on day and night, like times of day, and I carry you through a full day in the show. It’s really cool, and I’m enjoying it. It’s great to have those elements.”
Drake recently visited the Hendrix grave site, he told Rolling Stone. In addition to the electric guitarist, the Young Money MC also said he’s turned to concert DVDs, including one by Eminem, to help inspire him on his headlining trek.
The result is an “OMG”-like light show that’s more involved than Drake’s first solo outing, the Away From Home Tour earlier this year.
He said the stage effects create a level of excitement comparable to a surprise cameo.
“It’s almost like when you’re at a show and you know [Jay-Z’s] about to come out or [Eminem’s] about to come out,” Drake explained. “It’s the same thing, like I know there’s fireworks about to go off in the air or this light show is going to go off and people will love it. It’s a great experience for me as a performer. I still work just as hard, but it’s almost as if I’m performing with another element. I’m growing.”
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