"I just felt like I didn't know how to make this album until now.
"It probably would be too ambitious for me prior. I knew what I liked, but I felt like I didn't have the skill sets to deliver that type of project until now."
He added: "Picture the album being like the listener is dead.
"And they're stuck in this purgatory state, which I always imagined would be like being stuck in traffic waiting to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
"And while you're stuck in traffic, they got a radio station playing in the car, with a radio host guiding you to the light and helping you transition to the other side.
"So it could feel celebratory, could feel bleak, however, you want to make it feel, but that's what 'The Dawn' is for me."
Top 10 Billboard top songs of all time:
'Blinding Lights' - The Weeknd
'The Twist' - Chubby Checker
'Smooth' - Santana feat. Rob Thomas
'Mack the Knife' - Bobby Darin
'Uptown Funk' - Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars
'How do I Live' - LeAnn Rimes
'Party Rock Anthem' - LMFAO feat Lauren Nemmett & Goonrock
'I Gotta Feeling' - The Black Eyed Peas
'Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)' - Los Del Rio
'Shape of You' - Ed Sheeran