The Weeknd is a mysterious man.
He doesn't often give interviews, allowing his music to speak for itself. Thankfully, his songs speak beautifully with a fiery tone, something we all got to witness firsthand at the 2015 VMAs last night when Abel Tesfaye nearly melted the stage.
Despite the mystique that surrounds the Beauty Behind The Madness singer, we have gotten to know more about him recently. On top of blessing us with infectious hits like always, Weeknd has also done interviews with the likes of The New York Times and GQ this year.
And today, Pitchfork revealed their new interview with the "Can't Feel My Face" singer, a Q&A filled with some dope fun facts about the mysterious man behind The Madness that we gathered up for you here:
He used to record Boyz II Men cover songs.
"I got a microphone and a sh-tty computer and started recording these corny songs with my friends, Boyz II Men covers and sh-t. I would listen to it and I thought I sounded OK, but I was still shy."
He's been inspired by Michael Jackson, Prince & R. Kelly.
"All three are my inspirations, and you hear all of that on this album."
Kanye was definitely another major influence.
"He definitely helped craft who I’ve been, subconsciously, for the past few years. To actually be with him and talk to him and work with him, it’s just like coming to life."
He is apparently “the guy in” Lana Del Rey’s music… sort of.
"Me and Lana have been friends for a long time. I’ve inspired her, she’s inspired me. I feel like we’ve always been talking to each other through our music. She is the girl in my music, and I am the guy in her music."
Ethiopian music also inspires him.Getty Images
"My mother, my grandmother, my uncles would play Ethiopian artists like Aster Aweke and Mulatu Astatke all the time in the house."
Abel speaks more than one language.Getty Images
"Ethiopian poetry is a different language. I can speak and understand [Amharic], but I can’t understand their poetry. When my mother would translate— it’s the most beautiful thing ever."
And he really loves this Batman villain.Warner Bros. Pictures
"The Joker is my favorite villain of all time: You don’t know his past, you just know what his plans are. The Joker that Christopher Nolan created in 'The Dark Knight' had the scar across his mouth, and the first time you heard his explanation for it, he makes you believe that’s how he got it. But then you get into the film, and every time he talks about his scar, it’s a totally different story. That tells you what kind of person he is; he’s not telling you who he is. It’s kind of how I am— or how I was: You know me, but you don’t know me. I give you what I want to give you. I relate to villains like that— but I’m not out to destroy the world."