Kanye West’s floating stage inspired by Radiohead, Trent Reznor and Ridley Scott

The concept took 8 months to put together

Kanye West has revealed the inspiration behind the floating stage design being used on his Saint Pablo tour.

Last night, West launched his US tour in Indianapolis, performing on a stage that hangs above the audience.

The concept took eight months of planning and involved “traveling around the world meeting with the best stage designers,” according to West.

technically there’s “no stage”

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“I wanted people to get into it and have a fun time, make it not be just about watching the artist, but people watching their friends and singing along to the lyrics and being able to see themselves, their outfits,” he explained to E! News after the show.

He added that his aim was to “take the concert experience to another level, it’s not just about what you’re seeing on the screen, or what you’re seeing me do on the stage, but what you and your friends are doing.”

The ‘Life of Pablo’ rapper said that he looked to number of artists for inspiration including Bono, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Trent Reznor, and movie director Ridley Scott.

“I can stretch my hands, like the song says, I can stretch out in this arena, and give the crowd something they haven’t seen before,” he added.

See more footage from the performance here.