Dermot Kennedy is ready to release his new album, Probes, on Nov. 18, and the artist sat down Billboard news to discuss his musical journey so far.
“I found the word ‘probes’ a few years ago, where the meaning is simply the awareness that everyone lives a life as important and as complex as your own,” he says of the title of his second LP. “At the time, I didn’t really have any part of my life or my career to tie it to, so it was just a word that I appreciated and it meant something to me.”
He adds that in the process of making his new album, he tried to “unlock the same honesty and power of an emotion” as his debut record. “You have to say something worthwhile and prove that you deserve to be included, and there is extra pressure in that sense,” he explains.
“These albums define the way I live, and I can already feel that I’m putting pressure on myself in a healthy way,” he continues. “This album is about having empathy and being aware of other people’s struggles and triumphs, so I can’t just say it and not live it.”
In terms of his writing technique, Kennedy says he captures a “time sample” of where he is in his life. “It’s freeing in a way, though,” he says, noting that it allows him to let go of the pressure to make an album that’s the best he’s ever created. “I should just trust what comes out of my brain to a certain extent.”
Watch Billboard‘s full interview with Kennedy above.