5 Things We Learned From Adam Levine's 'Variety' Interview

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Adam Levine poses in the press room at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 20, 2016 in Los Angeles. 

From the Super Bowl controversy, mega-hit "Girls Like You" and the tragic death of his manager Jordan Feldstein, Adam Levine touched upon a range of topics in his recent interview with Variety

The piece comes at a time of success for Maroon 5's decades-long career, with "Girls Like You" topping the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks straight. He discussed collaborating with Cardi B for the single, working with other songwriters and reaching out to the 25 women in the music video. 

Below is a brief rundown on what we learned from Levine's most recent interview.

It is still uncertain if Maroon 5 will still play at the Super Bowl: Rihanna and Amy Schumer among others have taken to social media to urge the group to drop out of the halftime show in a support of Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who knelt on the field during the national anthem. Levine didn't say much about the topic, simply, “I’m still formulating a lot of things.”

Levine's wife and daughters inspired the "Girls Like You" music video theme: The singer shares two daughters with model Behati Prinsloo, 2-year-old Dusty and nine-month-old Gio, so Levine certainly feels connected to the recent women empowerment movement--even though he's a man. "I have two young daughters, and to think about them being mistreated at all — ever — made my blood boil," he said. "So we went for it because I felt that as long as I stayed close to my heart with this concept, I could never go wrong. … In the video, I was doing it for my kids and my wife. If anyone doesn’t understand the intentions, f— ’em."

It was difficult to restructure management and his career following Feldstein's death: "In chaotic situations that are so horrific and so gut-wrenching, you have to kind of show up, you know?" he said of his career. "Take the reins cautiously but still optimistically." In December 2017, Levine’s friend since "diapers" and Jonah Hill’s older brother, died unexpectedly at his home. The coroner’s report deemed the pulmonary thromboembolism natural, despite the used nitrous oxide Whip-It canisters in his bedroom. Of his decision to self-manage to a point, Levine noted, "I don’t need a babysitter."

Maroon 5 doesn't really fit into a genre: It's not urban or rock or pop. In fact, Levine says his band often looks to hip-hop and R&B for inspiration. "My goal is to make songs that don’t sound dated 10 years later. My main criteria for a song is, can I live with it forever? And if I can’t, I just don’t have the heart to do it. It’s that simple."

He's at peace with turning 40: "Bring it!" he noted before mentioning that he has everything he could ever dream of. "To me, 40 seemed like old age when I was 26. Hell, 26 seemed old when I was 23, so it’s all relative."

 


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