Since the fatal tragedy of the 2021 Astroworld, Travis Scott has seen his career take a turn for the worst. Brands, sponsorships, and overall lifelong contracts among Travis Scott’s team continue to feel the effect.
It was back in November, Travis Scott held his annual Astroworld show. What was supposed to be a fund time turned into a tragedy and opened up about the safety of music shows and security. During his concert, due to the rush of people, 10 people died while in a sea of fans. Since that day, many victims of the festival have decided to follow through with a lawsuit against LiveNation, Travis Scott, Drake, and many others.
In his first public interview with Charlamagne Tha God, Travis Scott gives his thoughts for the events. Many videos surfaced of fans pleading for help as music and chaos continued to engulf the helpless. Travis Scott, calm in the interview, spoke from the performer’s point of view when on stage.
“You can only help what you can see and whatever you’re told, whenever they tell you to stop, you stop,” he said in the interview. “It’s so crazy ’cause I’m that artist, too. Anytime you can hear something like that, you want to stop the show, you want to make sure fans get the proper attention they need. Anytime I could see anything like that, I did.
“I stopped a couple of times to just make sure everybody was OK,” he added. “And I really just go off the fans’ energy as a collective, you know, call and response. I just didn’t hear that. I got music, I got my in-ears, but I just didn’t hear that.”
Many people have criticized Travis’s lack of emotions in the video. Despite the tragedy, the events opened has called for a reform in the way music festivals are organized. One of the biggest issues at the forefront was how LiveNation handled the event. Travis Scott fired back against claims he wasn’t focused on the health and safety of the fans.
“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,” he said, adding, “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.”
On the positive side, Travis brought up really good suggestions on how to better improve conditions with music festivals. Speaking about how with today’s technology, there are better ways to monitor health issues. Allowing wrist bands that monitor payments, food access, and VIPs to further have a space for heart rates, blood levels, and other health-related issues. The biggest takeaway from the interview could be our need for better health and safety control.