Travis Scott has reflected on the 2021 Astroworld festival which left 10 people dead.
The 32-year-old rapper has opened up about the tragedy, which took place while he was performing in Houston, Texas on 5 November 2021.
“I always think about it. Those fans were like my family,” Travis told GQ in a new interview for the Men of the Year issue. “You just feel for those people. And their families.”
After a fatal crowd crush occurred on the first night of the annual festival, founded by Travis, eight people lost their lives and two more died in the following days. Additionally, over 300 people were treated for injuries.
During the interview, the rapper admitted that it took time for him to begin making music again after the incident.
“Making music, you think about things that go on in life and things that happen in your life, and you dial in on things,” he shared. “That moment for families, for the city, you know, it was devastating. And when it came to making, like even finishing the album…I got back into it probably like, I don’t know, months and months and months after.”
Travis added, “And the idea of just even getting back into music, working on music and just even getting into that, was therapeutic of being able to channel some of the energy into production and sounds and finishing it.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Travis explained that his new song, My Eyes, details “the things I deal with on a day-to-day basis and the fact of how it could be misunderstood and the struggles of life and all aspects of life. The constant weight that’s put on. That you carry, you know. And just a vision through my eyes.”
The performer noted that he wanted his fans to know he has “pain too”.
“I have concerns, things that I think about, and the things that I see on a day-to-day basis I think about them,” he stated.
Travis faced potential criminal charges after the event, however, in June of this year, a Texas grand jury determined that he was not responsible and did not take action.
– Cover Media