Backstage with Cody Simpson
We met with singer Cody Simpson backstage at the Best Buy Music Theater in Manhattan before one of his shows.
Who would you do a duet with?
A lot of different people, I think. I would love to do [one with] Jack Johnson.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?
I'm not sure. I'm taking it one day at a time [to] sort of figure it out. I'll be like 26. But I hope to still be making music. That would be amazing.
What is the most amazing experience you had so far?
I'm not sure . . . I've had many different ones all over the world. I love performing in Paris, London, Spain and a bunch of cool places.
What is your favorite place to travel?
Australia: It's my hometown.
Do you ever forget your lyrics onstage?
No, I don't. By the time I actually go on tour, I know them well enough.
How long did it take you to create your new album?
I've been writing casually for awhile, and it all came together, and we chose the best ones that we did. I spent about a month of this year, probably like 2 or 3 weeks of this year, I guess, recording them all.
What are some of the best gifts you got from fans?
I got a turtle once, which was cool. He's cute. I get a lot of cool . . . homemade scrapbooks and stuff like that.
Do you ever miss home?
I try to stay in FaceTime with my friends and stuff like that and just keep in touch with my friends and family back home.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Surf . . . I like to watch movies, I like to write songs.
What do you do before each concert?
I like to warm up my voice, stretch my muscles and stuff . . . I've got to make sure I'm mentally prepared. I like to have time alone before a show and just think about it and visualize it and stuff.
Do you miss your privacy?
A little bit. You sacrifice it for better things.
We know you recently toured with Justin Bieber. How was it touring with him?
It was great. He's really a good friend. I had a good time with him. We've been all over Europe together, all over the U.S. I'm joining him in a couple of days on his touring. Yeah, he's a good guy.
Did you write the songs on the album, and if so where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration, I don't know -- girls, experiences I've had with girls. I write about girls and get to express my feelings through music.
How did you come up with your album titles?
It depends. If it's for "Surfers Paradise" . . . There's actually a place where I grew up in Australia called Surfers Paradise. I wanted to incorporate . . . my hometown and stuff.
Who would you want to perform with, dead or alive?
What is your favorite song by another artist?
"Wasting Time," by Jack Johnson.
What do say to young people who are trying to get into the music business?
Just believe in yourself. Don't let anybody tell you not to do it. It's important to always trust your instincts. Don't let anyone get in the way of what you want to accomplish.
If you could be any other artist, if you could trade places with someone, who would it be?
I wouldn't want to trade places with anybody. I'm trying to do my best to keep on growing myself.
Do you have any bad habits?
I bite my nails a lot. My mom hates that I do that. I have terrible nails. I can't help it.
What are your pet peeves?
I don't like when girls chew gum loud and obnoxiously. I'm not a fan of that. I chew gum, too, but I'm not really a fan of when they sort of like do it. Especially if you're out on a date.