United States has a new Australian mate, Cody Simpson. This beach
blond, blue-eyed heartthrob is a singer, instrumentalist and
songwriter who is spreading his sunny, positive tunes to kids and
adults alike. Simpson's Gold Coast roots show through his catchy
tunes with his beachy, groovy style.
recently kicked off his Acoustic Sessions tour, creating an
unforgettable show for everyone who attends. On stage his talent is
showcased in a more stripped-back setting, performing songs off of his
latest album Surfer's Paradise unplugged. Young or old, Cody is
sure to capture you're heart.
Backstage at his recent Philadelphia show, we sat down with Simpson to
discuss his music and the new shows.
How does this tour differ than your other tours?
tour is all acoustic. I haven't done it before. Obviously there is
always an acoustic element to the shows, but this time it's all
acoustic. It's all stripped back. It's organic. It's rawer. It's new.
It's all live. A lot of it is just improvised and fun, so I feel really
confident and comfortable up there. It's a good time.
Do you prefer a larger venue or a smaller venue?
Obviously arenas would be fun. But every once in awhile to be able to
come do a show like this – where it's much more intimate, where you can
see all of the crowd and it's just a different atmosphere – it's good. I
You recently filmed a music video for "Love" with Ziggy
Marley. How was that?
great. He is an awesome guy. Love that song. We filmed a really, really cool video for it. I'm looking forward to
that coming out.
What is your favorite song to perform acoustically?
are a couple of them. Some of the bonus tracks that I don't do very often
like "Children Of The Ocean." Stuff like that that is new. I love taking
a song that was originally produced more heavily and then taking it and
giving it a totally different vibe. Like with "All Day," which is a song
that I released when I was a little younger. We totally reinterpreted it
in to this acoustic reggae version. It's really cool.
Do you have a favorite song from the album?
Day" is my fave because its just so different from the original.
How do you describe your music style?
differs because not every song sounds exactly the same obviously. All
around its pretty feel good. A lot of it is relaxed. Some of it is more
groovy. Apart from that, it's feel good. Music that you can listen to
anytime of the day, in any way that it will make you feel good.
Who do you draw your inspiration from?
fans. All the girls mostly. What happens in my life, experiences.
That's basically where all the inspiration for the lyrics come from.
If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you
Really? I would think I was 20 something?
No, I'm 17 so I would probably think I was 18. That was a good one.
What can you tell us about your unreleased song "Neck
was funny because it was an experiment with something that I wrote on
the tour bus. I recorded it and it went online. I didn't really
expect to release it or anything, but it leaked. I think that's all
that is going to happen with it. It was just like a bit of fun.
So you don't think it will be released?
No. Unless I do it acoustically, I don't think it's going to come out. It's
just something that's up there. A little snippet of it's leaked and fans
like it or not. So I'm just going to keep it like that.
How was your holiday back home in Australia?
awesome. It was awesome. I had a couple of weeks off over Christmas. Just
had an awesome time with friends and family. It was great. It was cool.
It's summer there, which is weird to think.
it's warm all year round. I miss that.
Well I guess that is where you are from specifically. Aren't there
parts that get cold?
of Australia are a bit colder, but there are no extremes.
We just had four degree weather. We couldn't go to school.
Summertime gets pretty hot but in the winter you wouldn't have to put on
anything else other than a warm jacket.
Which one came first, the chicken or the egg?
on what you believe in, I guess.
There is actually a scientific answer.
It's the egg. If two different species mate that are different – one
like a bird, one like a chicken – then they mate and have a chicken.
got you. Like evolution.
Before you tweet, do you have to clear it with anyone?
just tweet. I am pretty responsible. I am aware of the fact that
everyone is going to see it. I handle it all myself. I just will never
tweet anything that I don't want seven million people to see.
Yeah. If you delete it one second later. I've done that before.
Nothing like controversial or anything. I saw that even if I delete it,
it's still there on their phone. You have to be careful.
Especially when people are signed up for those tweets that go to your
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