Robin Thicke discussed everything from losing his father to rebuilding his home that was destroyed in the California wildfires during a candid interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1.
Thicke unveiled his brand new track “Testify” on Wednesday’s show and Lowe questioned him on his emotional new lyrics.
Talk then turned to how the musician had recently lost his Malibu home. Thicke explained, “Well obviously, you know, it’s our home. We’ve been here for the last four years, and we’ve built so many memories with the birth of a new daughter and the maturing of my son.”
“So yeah, I mean, we just moved into a rental where we’ll be staying while we rebuild. But the plan is, is to rebuild and try to gain some of those memories back by going back to the place we love.”
Thicke then admitted that “Testify” was a sign of what’s to come on his upcoming album, saying the newly-released song proves he’s been through a lot recently.
“I think… you’ll find them in moments. But obviously it’s also about having fun. After you go through those tough times, you want to celebrate what you do have,” he revealed.
“Like after we lost our home in the fire, the first thing I do every morning is gratitude for what I do have, what I still have. We lost our home, but I have love, I have children, I have family, I have friends. I get to make music for a living, which is what I love to do.”
“So I think sometimes tragedy makes you count your blessings. So the album will hopefully be littered with some spirituality and some finding yourself. But it also is about, let’s celebrate all this greatness we have around us.”
Thicke’s new album covers all of his recent emotional life experiences, telling Lowe: “Well, it’s funny you know, my father [Alan Thicke] passed away a couple of years ago and I thought I had an album and I had these songs that I wanted to put out, and then when that happened, it was something I wasn’t expecting and it just kind of rattled my soul.”
“So, I took some time to re-think the album and then these songs started pouring out that had more meaning and more weight to them.”