Exclusive Interview: Carly Rae Jepsen
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:29:36
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Carly Rae Jepsen's biggest supporter is Justin Bieber. Yes, the Justin Bieber. The teen heard her single "Call Me Maybe" on the radio while he was in his native Canada over the 2011 holiday break. He reached out to Jepsen, already an established artist her home country and our neighbor to the north, and the rest is her story! Jepsen then signed to Schoolboy Records/Interscope, the imprint run by The Biebs and his manager Scooter Braun.
Jepsen, 26, won The Biebs over with her sweet, cute, danceable song, and now she is poised to win Americans over in much the same fashion. Her sugary voice indulges the sweet tooth but doesn't cause cavities while the hooky melody that will imprint itself on your cranium and will linger in your brain for hours after you've stopped listening to it, while the footloose, inviting nature of the song is a clear milemarker of Carly Rae Jepsen's talents. She's the new breed of pop star who writes songs, infuses them with life and luster and is utterly unforgettable thanks to her adorable face, her honeyed vocal style and her gift for crafting melodies that will have you tapping toes and bobbing your head.
CRJ doesn't need to show skin like other pop tarts. Instead, she's a new generation of pop diva who doesn't need to be compared to that which came before her; rather, she's authoring an entirely new chapter on sweet, girlish pop. But for argument's sake, think Debbie Gibson with a dash of Gwen Stefani and a little smidge of Spears. As in Britney Spears. It's easily one of the best songs of 2012.
We see a bright future for Carly Rae Jepsen, since she has The Biebs and his team in her corner, combined with her God-given talent.
But overall, Carly Rae Jepsen is so hot she crackles.
Go here to watch the video for "Call Me Maybe" and then read our Q+A with her.
What do you want everyone to know about you, which might be what Justin Bieber saw in you!
I guess, mainly, this has been an amazing opportunity with Justin. It is rad and a total shock to me. I have been working on this [career] since I caught the music bug at age 7. It has been a long, rocky road of hard work, and not a lot of chances at exposure. The main thing I want to get out there is the writing. I love singing, but where it all stems from is that I love to songwrite.
Will you continue to write your own songs, or songs for others? Will you perform songs written by others?
I am leaving all options open. It is the reason I am back where I am right now... to write for five days and I am taking the days to sit down and digest everything and put it to words. I will continue to write with people I have written with in the past. I will write on my own as I always have and always will. With Scooter and Justin in my corner, doors have been opened to collaborate with other people. It's been a dream of mine to fish in that pond.
Is how fast this is all coming together blowing your mind?
It is still blowing my mind, totally. I don't know how it happened. I know how it happened from their end, but I have no idea why. I got really lucky, I guess. Justin came home [to Canada] for Christmas, heard the song on the radio and he liked it. He was playing it for his girlfriend and friends and tweeted about it innocently. Then Scooter caught wind and wanted to investigate, to see if I was signed already. I was with 604 but not anywhere else, not outside of Canada. They approached 604 and me, about wanting to spread the music. Obviously, we had a few different offers, since it was doing well in Canada, but Justin and Scooter carried the most weight. And it's who they are and the enthusiasm and contagious energy they had.
It was like one of those serendipitous things that just happened. And of course there is the song, which certainly made an impression.
Yes! Being in love with music, you find a way to spread it. I had no idea. If you asked me 10 years ago, if this would be my path, there is no way I'd believe you. The door opened and I am happy to walk inside.
Tell us something about you that's not musical.
I am a homebody when at home. I don't have a television. I like to play chess and bake. But at the same time, I have a huge passion for music! If people talk when I am trying to show them a song, I start the song over.
Are you good at chess?
I love chess. I dunno. I guess I am not very good. But I like to think ahead of myself and it's a skill you can hone in on.
What about baking?
It's the yin and yang. What I like is a life that is full of surprises and had no ultimate routine. I like being on the road and locked in a van and in a different city every day, so when I make it home, I can be musical, playing chess and baking.
Let's talk more about the song that got you on this path: "Call Me Maybe" is cute, singable, danceable, memorable, anthem!
When you write a bunch of songs, it's like being asked to pick a favorite kid. You wonder what will be loved and which will just be my own little journal entry that I personally like. It was a surprise that it took off the way it did, but a welcome surprise. I think how it was written --it was a folk song to begin with-- and how it is about trying to pick up a guy. It is simple and feels good, and I am a romantic at heart. I like the idea of being in the moment of meeting someone, feeling that buzz and that feeling of attraction that you act on. You have to be spontaneous and brave. I have never been brave enough to ask for his number, but that's how I would do it if I was.