The Weeknd — a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye — is not one for interviews, at least in the traditional sense. That's why it doesn't surprise us that in the wake of dropping Kiss Land this week, the musician decided to field the public's questions via a less-than-traditional arena — a Reddit AMA (or Ask Me Anything) thread in which he revealed, among other things, where the name "The Weeknd" came from.
"I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced Lamar to do the same lol," he said in answer to a query, referring to a member of his XO crew. "We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friends shitty van and left one weekend and never came back home. It was gonna be the title of HOB [House of Balloons]. I hated my name at the time though so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the "e" because there was already a Canadian band named the weekend (copyright issues)."
Tesfaye also revealed a bit more about his personal life in answers to other queries, telling fans that all of his dark, languid music is based on his real-life experiences, and giving us a glimpse into his upbringing in Canada. Although the musician is a Canadian native, his family hails from Ethiopia, and that ancestry has been a strong force in his life."[Ahmaric was the] First language I learned," said Tesfaye. "Had no dad and mom was working 24/7 so my grandma ...Read More →