Speaking to Zane Lowe (via Entertainment Tonight) about his somewhat controversial song “What the Hell Are We Dying For,” Shawn said “I think I am approaching 25 still feeling quite confused about a lot of things in my life. And I think that was expressing that feeling of frustration about what is happening, this feeling of swinging the pendulum back and forth.
He added, “I think I still am in a very confused place, but I know that there are some people in my life who I deeply love, and I know that music is something I deeply love, and I know that this planet is something I deeply love. And all of those three things are something worth fighting for and worth dying for. And I think that was where that energy was coming from.”
Shawn went on to explain that he’s been “struggling in the studio to find my voice,” but he had a breakthrough in upstate New York:
“I was upstate New York and just on the back end of feeling a lot of things about relationships, about my career, about environment. And I was in the studio and this moment of just deep frustration came over me and I finally started to feel this inspiration come. And honestly, in that moment, it felt like it was the first time I felt that in a year and a half in the studio.”
Shawn Mendes Says He’s “Confused About a Lot of Things” Shawn Mendes Says He’s “Confused About a Lot of Things”