Travis Scott Sits Down for Astroworld Interview With Charlamagne, Denies He Knew Fans Were Injured Until After Concert12/09/2021
Travis Scott spoke out for the first time about the Astroworld tragedy when Charlamagne tha God released a nearly hour long discussion on Dec. 9. The somber back and forth was dropped on Charlamagne’s YouTube channel.
Scott was asked early on in the interview when he knew that there were fan injuries, and ultimately deaths, at the Nov. 5 festival that left 10 people dead and scores injured.
“I didn’t know the exact details until minutes before the press conference [after my set],” he said. “And even at that moment you’re like, ‘Wait, what?’”
“People pass out, things happen at concerts, but something like that…” he continued, trailing off.
Scott also denied hearing any distress from the crowd that would have caused him to stop the show.
“It’s so crazy because I’m that artist too — anytime you can hear something like that, you want to stop the show,” he said. “You wanna make sure fans get the proper attention they need. Anytime I could see anything like that, I did. I stopped it a couple times to just make sure everybody was OK. And I really just go off of the fans’ energy as a collective — call and response.”
Scott also said that in terms of visibility from his vantage on the stage, the combination of music, the band, lights, pyro and other elements makes it difficult for him to have a full grasp of what’s going on in the crowd, or being able to percieve the difference between danger and partying.
“You can only help what you can see and whatever you’re told, whenever they tell you to stop, you stop,” he said.
Charlamagne also pressed Scott on the “raging” culture his shows are known for, and if that contributed to the deaths.
“That’s something I’ve been working on for a while is creating these experiences and showing these experiences that are happening in a safe environment,” he said. “As artists, you trust professionals for when things happen that people can leave safely. And this night was just like a regular show, it felt like to me, as far as the energy. It didn’t feel like, you know…people didn’t show up there just to be harmful. People just showed up to have a good time and something unfortunate happened and we just need to figure out what that was.”
“‘Raging’…there’s not a textbook definition,” he continued. “But we’ve grown it in concerts to have a lot of fun. It’s not about just…harm. It’s not about that. It’s about letting go and having fun, help others and love each other.”
Watch the whole interview below:
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