Sean told GQ magazine the Dark Sky Paradise album title was inspired by some hard times he went through, while still maintaining a positive outlook. He explained: "It means a lot. First of all it is darker than any album I've ever done. And I went through some dark times just like we all do, with relationships, personal relationships, romantic relationships, creatively. I feel like I had to dig myself out of a hole creatively and bounce back hard."
"So I built a recording studio in my house," Sean continued. "I had Kanye and a lot of other people come through. It enabled me to live the music out. Almost every feature and producer came through, and we recorded it mostly at night. But throughout all of it, despite all the dark and crazy times I've been through, I still feel this is paradise."