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Kidsday interviews singer Cody Simpson

Kidsday reporters Victoria Zeman, Aidan Krumholz, Francesca Mollo

Kidsday reporters Victoria Zeman, Aidan Krumholz, Francesca Mollo and Danielle Ferrandino-Schwartz with Australian singer Cody Simpson, center, at the Grammercy Theatre in Manhattan Photo Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We met Australian singer and star Cody Simpson before a recent concert in Manhattan.

When you write music do you writing about what’s going on in your life?

I do. I like to write about lots of things in real life that people can relate to, that people can I guess connect with and the fans could understand what I’m talking about. I have my new single out, “On My Mind.” And the song is pretty much about you knew this girl for a while and you finally kind of realize that you haven’t been able to stop thinking about her, she’s on your mind. So I feel like a lot of people have been through that. And that’s pretty much my favorite song that I’ve done and it’s now out on my website. I think.

What has been your weirdest run-in with a fan?

Like a weirdest experience? I get lots and lots of weird experiences. This sounds weird, but some of my concerts have been kind of dangerous sometimes. I’ve had a few girls actually sent to the hospital because they faint and all that kind of stuff, which is really, really weird to me. I enjoy performing for everyone, but that actually is kind of scary that they faint at the concerts. I guess that means that they’re enjoying it. I’m not sure, but I guess they’re enjoying it.

Does your family travel with you or are they still in Australia?

Me and my family moved to L.A. 8 or 9 months ago now. My family is actually with me on tour and I travel with my family to as many places as I can. It’s not always going to happen that way. I’ll always have my mom and dad with me all the time, but I have two younger siblings like you said. I try to bring them to as many places as I can so that they could see the country and see the world.

Are you in school?

I am. My tutor was just in that room there. I do school everyday for about 3-4 hours when I’m not performing or recording. I have my tutor that travels with me everywhere I go to make sure I get my school in because it is very important and I’m still a teenager.

We saw that you won two gold medals in swimming and Queensland swimming championships and that you prequalified for the 2012 summer Olympics. Do you still want to compete?

That is still a big dream of mine. Swimming is definitely a big passion that I have, but I was a champion for the butterfly and the free style and stuff. It was a hard decision if I wanted to move to the US to get into music, but I was grateful that I had two choices and many things to do. So it was definitely very cool, but a hard decision.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you want to do?

Probably swim. I’m not to sure. That’s pretty much what I was doing. Now that this is happen, I feel like this is pretty much what I wanted to do. The first time I walked into the studio, this is it. It just came naturally. It happened.

What is your favorite song?

It is “On My Mind,” which is the new single.

Would you like to be acting?

Definitely. Like I said as soon as I make a name for myself in the music industry and as soon as I get my album out there, I definitely want to start branching out to other things like acting. It’s something that I’ve been working on for a little while and I’m ready to go after I get my music out.

How do you feel about getting compared to Justin Bieber as some kids have done?

I met Justin many times. He’s a really nice guy. Very supportive of me and I’m a big fan of his. I guess it’s flattering because he’s been real successful. There’s lots of people that are fans and everything. It is cool. I come from the beach. So it’s a bit of a difference. I guess the whole persona-wise. But it is flattering because he is talented and successful.

Is there a favorite word of advice that someone maybe given you?

I think my dad. My dad pretty much told me to treat others like you want to be treated. And I know that’s a very popular quote, but I feel like it really helps.

How was it to work with Flo Rida, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber and Jessica Jarell?

Well what was it like? They’re all very nice people. I spent the most time . . . actually I haven’t worked with Justin Timberlake yet. But I spent the most time with Jessica Jarrell and Flo Rida. Flo Rida was on the first song I put out “iYiYi.” It was super cool that Flo Rida, lots of people think of him, I guess you can say he’s a bit of gentle giant. He’s definitely real tough and he’s very tall, but he’s a real nice guy and very talented at that. Jessica Jarrell is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and she, the same with Flo Rida, they’re very talented people and Justin is too.

What is the hardest part of performing in front of a crowd?

The hardest part, to be honest I don’t really think there’s a hard part of performing in front of a crowd. I enjoy performing like this is my first tour so it’s cool performing in front of thousands of people that like know all the words to songs and stuff. And I think it’s super cool being up there seeing everyone singing along, everyone’s screaming and waving their hands. It’s hard to explain what it feels like unless you’ve actually been up there and done it. I don’t think there’s a hard part about doing it. It’s lots of fun.

Do you think you sound different when you’re singing compared to other singers with an accent?

No. To be honest this happens to lots of people that are from the U.S. My accent fades away I guess when I sing. It’s real weird. I guess singing is pretty much a universal language like you sing however everyone else sings and that’s with an American accent. I sound very different when I talk.

Is it true that you made a break into the music business by posting songs on YouTube?

It is. I posted songs when I was 12. I was 11 turning 12 at the time. And I never really thought that I would be able to make music kind of like a career as full time as it could be at 14. Where I am now. It was definitely a cool experience having a music producer discover, I guess discover me on YouTube where it wasn’t really my intention to be discovered. It was just for fun. It was my friend that posted the video. It wasn’t really something I planned to do, but it just happened. As soon as I got over it, it was kind of like it was meant to be I guess.

Is there like another celebrity that you maybe look up to?

I’d say Justin Timberlake only because he started when he was 14. And I kind of feel like there’s something there because I’m 14 right now and I’m beginning and he was my age doing the same thing. He’s had such a long career and he’s never done anything bad, anything to ruin or slow down his career, like he just kept going up and he’s stayed there. He branches out in so many different things and I’m a big fan of his.


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