The Super Bowl halftime show often features guests aside from the headlining performers. That wasn’t the case this year, as The Weeknd said in an interview before the show: “I’ve been reading a lot of rumors. I wouldn’t bet on it. There wasn’t any room to fit it in the narrative, in the story I was telling in the performance. So yeah, there’s no special guests.”
While there were no guests on stage, though, a familiar After Hours collaborator was heavily involved in the making of the show: Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never. Warp Records, Lopatin’s label, shared a photo of him and The Weeknd backstage at the game and wrote, “Congrats @0PN musical director of @theweeknd’s halftime show.”
— Warp Records (@WarpRecords) February 8, 2021
Lopatin of course had a huge role in bringing After Hours to life. He is credited as a writer and producer on multiple tracks, including “Scared To Live” and “Until I Bleed Out.” He also re-worked “Save Your Tears” for an After Hours remix EP. Before After Hours, the two also both worked on the film Uncut Gems, with The Weeknd playing himself in a cameo role and Lopatin scoring the movie.
Check out our timeline of The Weeknd’s After Hours look here.