Just a few minutes ago, Charlamagne released an hour-long interview with Travis Scott regarding the Astroworld Tragedy. This is Travis’ first interview after the event.
The interview starts with Travis talking about what he’s been going through after what happened:
“I’ve been on a different type of like emotions you know. Emotional rollercoaster, I mean. It gets so hard because I always felt like connected with my fans. I went through something and I feel like fans went through something and people’s parents went through something and it really hurts. It hurts a community, a city” -said the rapper
Early on in the interview, Travis was asked when did he found out about the injuries and deaths of his fans at the opening night of the Astroworld festival that killed 10 people. According to Scott, he didn’t know how bad the situation was during the show.
“It wasn’t really until like minutes until like the press conference until I figured out exactly what happened,” he said, continuing: “Even after the show you know you’re just kinda hearing things but you don’t know. I didn’t know the exact details until minutes before the press conference.”
Scott also talked about why he didn’t stop the show:
“It’s so crazy because I’m that artist too,” he said. “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 it a couple of times to just make sure everybody was okay. And I really just go off the fans’ energy as a collective… call and response. I just did not hear that.” He later added: “You can only help what you can see and whatever you are told, whenever they tell you to stop, you stop,”
Travis was asked if he felt responsible for what happened, and while he acknowledges that he was the festival’s face, he believes his role now is to understand what went wrong and how he can prevent it in the future. He also explains that as an artist, he and his team focus on the event’s artistic aspects rather than the safety, which are managed by the promoters.
See the full interview below: