Last week, shortly before Greyson Chance taped his interview and performance with Ellen (below), TeenChive caught up with the teen sensation about his tour with Cody Simpson, new single “Unfriend You” and the highly anticipated debut album.
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Last night was your final stop on the tour?
Yes. We finished in Portland, Oregon. The tour went so successfully well.
It was an awesome opportunity to promote your music. Did you feel like you evolved and grew a lot both as a person and artist from the first show to the last?
You learn a lot when you’re on tour. You just keep on learning every day more and more things, especially a lot being with Cody (Simpson).
Did you know Cody Simpson well before the tour?
Yeah, Cody and I were pretty good friends beforehand. Not as close as we are now, we were on a bus together for six weeks, but we knew each other.
What did you do to kill time while on tour and not performing?
We had a lot of fun. The last show we threw a lot of pranks on each other, silly string, and just had a lot of fun with everybody.
Favorite city on tour?
It had to be New York. I always love going to New York. I saw a lot of familiar faces from last time. It was an amazing show.
Do you find a lot of people automatically associating your new single “Unfriend You” with Facebook?
It’s that breakup song. That girl who was a really big jerk to you and did not treat you so well. What’s so great about the record is I’m actually about ready to shoot the video and though it’s a breakup song, it always ties back to social media. I think (social media) is a very important aspect, especially in today’s world.
So you had that intention to draw the song back to social media?
Exactly, it’s a really catchy tune. I was glad to release it.
Do you have a favorite social media site?
I love Facebook and Twitter. I really love Tumblr and YouTube as well. I enjoy all of them.
Greyson, you were discovered on YouTube. Are you still impressed today with how powerful that site can be, especially for undiscovered musicians?
Yeah, I never expected any of this when I posted “Paparazzi” on YouTube. It’s been such an amazing journey this past year.
Will fans be surprised to hear anything with the debut album that they have not heard from you yet?
They’re going to be surprised about the whole record, because everybody thinks I’m going to go down that certain pop road, but it’s definitely not a big pop record. It’s a pop/rock record. The whole album is really about heartbreak. It’s pretty edgy.
Did you feel a lot of pressure because you have received so much attention prior to the debut album?
There is a pressure, but I think the pressure is a great thing. I love having something that can fill me up. I’m not too nervous.
Top 4 Musical Influences?
For this record I was really inspired by Journey. I love Journey, Lady Gaga, David Bowie and Coldplay.
You love both old-school and new-school music?
Yeah, I listen to a lot of vinyl records so I’m very old-school.
What do you like to do for fun?
Writing music. Music, music, music (laughs). I like photography, I like writing, but (that and music) is really what it’s about.