Will Smith Is About To Go On His First Full Tour -- And He's Terrified
Will Smith has been in the limelight -- and one of the world's biggest stars -- for over two decades. But, apparently, he still gets stage fright.
"I'm pretty certain I'm going on tour," he told Zane Lowe on Beats 1. "[DJ Jazzy] Jeff and I actually have never done a full tour...I'm looking this summer to be the first time that we go out on a full world tour."
Touring the world and performing a career's worth of his in front of thousands of adoring fans is probably exciting, right?
"I'm terrified," he said.
But Will -- who just released his first song in ten years, when he appeared on the remix to "Fiesta," by Columbian group Bomba Estereo -- has been trying to fight that feeling. And not just when it comes to touring.
"Fear is the killer of creativity, man," he said earlier in the interview. "There's a misconception about failing. You have to fail a lot. You have to fail a lot early. You have to fail often. And you have to fail forward. So I'm trying to get comfortable getting back to failing."
As he works towards that comfort, he's been focused on new music.
"Creatively, my only struggles are figuring out a way to say the things I want to say in a way that's still fun and inspiring," he said. "I'm pretty much popping in the studio everyday, and I'm looking artists to collaborate with. I'm still trying to find that voice. I have so many things that I wanna say and I'm struggling with saying 'em in a way that fit with a flavor of music that I tend to like."
So far, he's recorded about 30 songs, and really likes six or seven of them.
And even though he put out his first album in 1987, his music career might just be reaching its middle age.
"This is the first real generain of hip-hop artists that are turning 40 and 50 and wanna keep spitting," he said. "I guess 40's the new 30 -- at least. Fifty might even be the new 30...I'm definitely interested in pushing the envelope of spitting. How far can you go? I'm gonna keep giving it a shot up till I'm 70 or 80 years old."
As for his other creative outlet -- movies -- the Philly native said there's a "very, very, very strong possibility that you will be seeing a 'Bad Boys' within the next 12-16 months."
Sounds like 2016 is gonna be a year full of Will Smith.