Check out our brand new interview with Cody Simpson!
The 16-year-old Aussie singer just wrapped up his headlining Paradise tour and JJJ caught up with him at his NYC show, where he opened up about his hot new album Surfer’s Paradise.
“I feel much more personally connected to this album because it was sort of my idea from the jump, from ‘Pretty Brown Eyes’ to all the music, I was heavily involved in creating it,” Cody said. “I’ve never been more proud of anything I’ve worked on. It’s the best music I’ve put out.”
Cody added about the tour ending, “I’m going to be sad. It’s been a great summer, definitely a lot of memories. It will be tough to see it end, but it’s definitely not my last tour. Many more to come.”
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JustJaredJr.com Interview – Cody Simpson
JustJaredJr: Congrats on the new album and the tour! How’s it been going?
Cody Simpson: I love coming into the venue and being able to put on a great show every single night. I love to be on stage and get into it with the crowd and my fans, and to know everybody’s there to see the show. I always want to give them a memorable evening.
JJJ: What made your choose Ryan Beatty as your tour mate?
CS: He’s a really good friend and I really respect him as a musician. He has an incredible voice. I wanted to bring him out. He’s a good friend of my sister’s too and it’s fun when you get to tour with a friend. He’s a chill guy.
JJJ: Surfer’s Paradise is doing really well! Which song is the most personal to you?
CS: “Summertime of Our Lives.” I’m performing it tonight with my ukulele. It’s a really relaxed, guitar ballad. It has a really organic, beautiful vibe. It’s one of my favorites on the album, for sure. It’s about me falling in love with a girl over the summer and sort of still being in love with her even though she has to go back to where she’s from.
JJJ: Do you get to go home to Australia much?
CS: I don’t get to go home much. I’m going back in December to tour there. I’ve actually never toured in Australia before, so I’m going back. I’ve missed it a lot, but I enjoy traveling.
JJJ: What’s the difference between your Australian fans and your American fans?
CS: Not much. I think the fans are quite similar, even internationally. I’ve been all over Europe and it’s very similar. It’s mostly just the accents that differ. Music is such a universal thing.
JJJ: You mentioned your sister Alli, who now has her own single. Have you given her any advice about this industry?
CS: I was sort of the one who initially encouraged her to start. She was always very shy about it. She’d sing around the house and I’d always be very curious. I thought she had a great voice, so I encouraged her to get in the studio one day.
JJJ: Cool! You’ve accomplished so much over the last few years. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to-date?
CS: I’m not sure. I don’t think there’s one thing that stands out among the rest. I think it’s a mixture. To be honest, this album that just came out is what I’m most proud of.
Be sure to pick up Surfer’s Paradise on iTunes now!