Machine Gun Kelly opened up about his perceived transition to punk music, his new album, and the moment his entire outlook on life changed in a new interview on “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist.”
The Cleveland-bred artist is currently on his “Tickets to My Downfall Tour,” but he’s also prepping the release of his sixth studio album, Born With Horns. The album is being executive produced by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and according to MGK, it’s a lot different from his last album Tickets to My Downfall.
“It feels more guitar-heavy for sure, lyrically it definitely goes deeper but I never like to do anything the same,” Kelly revealed. “Every album is a juxtaposition of the last album. So, I went and studied Tickets, and I heard the bright sound that I had, and for this album I just turned the lights off.”
MGK hinted that the album will arrive early next year after his tour ends. “The second you open your eyes and it’s 2022, you’ll have something to listen to,” he said.
When asked if he had any hesitation becoming a punk artist after releasing four predominately hip hop albums, Kelly explained that he didn’t. “Not one [fear],” he said. “It actually strikes me as odd that people even associate that as a transition with me as if I didn’t come out with a six-inch Mohawk on my first album, as if I didn’t have guitar-based music on all of my albums, as if I wasn’t on “Warped Tour” for three years… I’m not new to this. I’m true to this.”
MGK also said that he feels like his new music is “fresher than ever to people and more of a trending topic.” “Usually, this would be when I’m most uninterested in somebody’s artistry now because I feel like they’ve told me everything. I feel like I held back everything. I feel like I held back who I actually was… I was always bearing it all but I just hadn’t removed certain subconscious layers.”
“During that Tickets album something happened to me,” he added. “I haven’t been the same since. I realized something about myself. It’s dangerous…I’m not scared anymore, there’s nothing holding me back from being my true self and my true self can’t be silenced, can’t be restrained. It’s a force, it’s like a hurricane. Can’t stop that, it just goes until it feels like stopping, and I don’t feel like stopping anytime soon.”
Listen to the full interview below: