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Meghan Trainor talks about 'All About the Bass' and more

Singer Meghan Trainor with Kidsday reporters Grace Lim,

Singer Meghan Trainor with Kidsday reporters Grace Lim, Brian Brunello, Scarlett Feurstein and Leila Buchan, all from Forest Hills, at the 60 Less Hotel in Manhattan on Jan. 22, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met singer Meghan Trainor at the 60 Lower East Side Hotel in Manhattan recently.

We want to know -- is it really "All About the Bass"?

Yes it really is. It's really "All About the Bass."

We really like the song "Lips Are Moving." What gave you the idea for that song?

That's a really sassy song about a friend who was lying to me. And I caught him and I called him on it. And I wrote a song about it.

Do you get nervous when you first go onstage?

Absolutely every single time. Every morning if I have a show I get kind of nervous and excited. But right before I go out, I hear the crowd screaming and my stomach drops. I get really scared and then once I hear them cheering when I'm singing, confidence comes back and I get happy and then I just start dancing.

What would you be if you could no longer be a singer?

That is a tricky one. I guess I always wanted, I thought being a teacher was really cool while watching my teachers in class. So I said if music doesn't work out I want to be a teacher.

We want to be singers like you. Do you have any advice?

Yes I do. Ready? Write songs. Write music because it really helps you on the musician side; you can learn how to play instruments and you can train your voice to get better over time. I was not a great singer up until I was like 16 years old, but some singers, I'm sure [they] are great at a very young age. I had to learn and keep practicing. I sing all the time. I sang mostly when I was falling asleep in my bed. I would sing lullabies to myself and I would fall asleep. It was great.

Who would you want to do a duet with?

I want to sing a song with Bruno Mars. Wouldn't that be awesome? I'm a huge fan. I think he has a beautiful voice. I think our voices together would sound pretty amazing.

If you had a magic wand and you could change the world, what would you change?

Wow, what a question. I would probably make flying cars because I want to travel without traffic.

Do you like making music videos?

I do. At first it was scary but I had a lot of practice with my friend Emmy. We would dance and sing in front of our Mac books, in front of photo booth. We would practice and I love it. I love watching back and seeing how cool it looks. It's a long process. You wake up at 6 a.m. and go till midnight just dancing. It takes a whole day for a three-minute video. It's worth it because it comes out amazing.

How did you get your first big break?

I guess I was a songwriter, writing songs and someone heard my songs that I did in my bedroom. I produced and wrote them myself at 13. And someone at 16 heard them, and they signed me and I got a publishing deal in high school. They signed me to write songs for other pop stars. That was my first job that I could say I do music for a living.

What genre of music do you like to listen to like classic, pop music?

I love reggae and Ska like Bob Marley. I love that. Someone told me that the tempo of those Bob Marley songs is the same as your heart and that's why it's comforting. Beats with your heart. Isn't that amazing?

What your favorite line of "All About the Bass"?

My favorite part is definitely every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top. Because when I'm performing it I can see everyone in the crowd that's their favorite part and they all sing it and dance with their friends and I love pointing to a young person saying "every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top" and we connect. It's a beautiful moment.

Do you watch any TV reality shows such as "The Voice" or "American Idol?" What do you like about them?

I do watch those shows. I like that there are people out there who are actually brave enough to go and audition for those shows. I was not that person. My parents and even my publishing company who signed me said we're going to put you on "The Voice." I said, 'No. I'm too scared, I don't want to do it.' I didn't like being judged in a competition. So when I meet those contestants I tell them congratulations on being the bravest person I ever met because that's terrifying. So I guess that's my favorite part of those shows and how you can take a person who came from nowhere and bring them into the pop star world overnight.

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