Justin Bieber nabbed the cover of the INTERVIEW mag’s August 2015 issue and he hopped in front of the camera for a Polaroid photo shoot with famed photographer Steven Klein.
In the spread, Justin sports a mask, loses his shirt, shows off his growing tattoo collection, and more.
SEE Polaroid photoshoots below:
For the interview, Justin sat down with Martha Stewart and opened up about his upcoming album, which currently has no official release date.
ON HIS MUSICAL INFLUENCES: “I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson growing up. A lot of Boyz II Men. I loved Mariah Carey. Just big vocalists. I was always that kid who just wore whatever and did whatever. And my mom always supported that. So I always looked up to Michael because he was never afraid to just be himself, never tried to be anything that he wasn’t.”
ON MEETING MANAGER SCOOTER BRAUN: “He kind of stalked me, basically. He got in touch with a lot of people in Stratford because he couldn’t get in touch with me. My mom’s last name is Mallette, and my last name is Bieber, so he contacted my great aunt, who I’d never met before. He contacted the school board. My mom was getting all these messages saying, ‘This guy named Scooter is trying to get in touch with you.’ After a while, it got kind of creepy to my mom, so she finally gave him a call to tell him to stop calling.”
ON HIS NEW ALBUM: “The new album’s going really well. I’m working a lot with Skrillex and Diplo and this guy named Poo Bear, who’s an incredible writer. We’ve just been getting our groove. You kind of go through a period where you’re in there and nothing comes and nothing comes, and then, finally, it’s like bang-bang-bang—you get them all in a row. I’m at a place where I’m really happy and I’m ready to share my music.”
ON WORKING WITH SKRILLEX: “Skrillex is on a really new wave and has found a way to take my vocals and mix them and play with them and pitch it up to make it higher with these cool effects that sound really futuristic. We have a really good chemistry.”
ON THE RECORDING PROCESS: “I’m really not worried about when it’s finished, I just want it to be perfect, so we’re taking our time with it. I’ve been working with Kanye West and Rick Rubin. We’ve gone in with a bunch of different people. I’m just trying to get the best sound and have it be consistent and make sense with what I’m going through in my life right now.”
ON HIS CURRENT LOVE: “My love? My love today is my little brother. He’s staying with me for the next week. So he’s my love right now.”