Jason Derulo: The Interview!
Jason Derulo burst onto the music scene when he released his debut single, 'Watcha Say'. Now only two years later, he's already achieved the pinnacle of success in the UK charts by scoring a number one hit with 'Don't Wanna Go Home'...
Now back with his second album, 'Future History', Derulo sets to take centre stage and break records again. The Wrap Up's Denise 'CMyPassion' Kodia spoke to the star about touring with Lady GaGa, what his fans mean to him and much, much more.
The Wrap Up: At the age of only 21, you've achieved a great amount. What is the next big challenge for you?
Jason Derulo: I think the biggest challenge is to continue on the same path. I think it's easy to become complacent from the success you've had.
TWU: So, you haven’t made it already?
Jason Derulo: If you think you've already made it, that's when you can fall short and go backwards. I'm constantly pushing forward and chasing the element of perfection.
TWU: It’s been said that hindsight is always better than foresight. What's one of the things you've learned since being in the music business?
Jason Derulo: I've learned how much of an impact that music has on people. I get messages all the time from people telling me what my music means to them and what it has done to them.
TWU: What have they said?
Jason Derulo: I’ve had people tell me that 'Whatcha Say' helped their marriage get back together.
TWU: How does it make you feel when you hear things like that?
Jason Derulo: It's really inspiring to me and that's why I wanted to do this next album so quickly – I wanted to keep on feeding my fans.
TWU: You've received many awards, but which one are you yet to achieve that would mean the world to you?
Jason Derulo: I think I've received the ultimate award I wanted to already, which was the BMI Songwriter Of The Year. That award, by far, is the most meaningful to me, because the songs that I write are my everything, it's the reason why I do what I do.
TWU: How do you plan on taking control and making history in the future?
Jason Derulo: By continuing this path of work ethic, you get what you put out. 'm living, breathing and sleeping my music and entertainment. It's not a job for me, it's not something that I do for the glitz, glam or the money, it's who I am and who I'll continue to be. I think that by going on the path that I am, my destiny will just come to me.
TWU: In a previous interview, you mentioned that it’s not about the glitz and glamour, but just good music…
Jason Derulo: Good music is being able to move somebody and that stands for everything in entertainment. Whether it's to make me party, feel better, help me get through something, that's what it should be.
TWU: What was it like touring with Lady GaGa?
Jason Derulo: Lady GaGa was amazing! It was my first tour, so getting accommodated with touring can be difficult but her staff made things run very smooth.
TWU: What would you say are the major differences between writing for another artist as opposed to yourself?
Jason Derulo: The major difference when I'm writing for myself is that I don't really need to think about it, I can go into a booth and let it rip. I don't use a pen, paper or anything; I just go in there and sing whatever comes to mind. When I'm writing for somebody else, I just try and get inside to what they're going through and how they're feeling. I have to think in their voice.
TWU: How will you continue to challenge yourself?
Jason Derulo: I'm constantly working on my craft and that's the most important thing. I get like three hours of sleep of every night, but I know what I want.
TWU: We heard that you recorded one track off the album drunk. Is this true?
Jason Derulo: Yep! ‘Make It Up As We Go Along’.
TWU: What is the track about?
Jason Derulo: A lot of times you'll have these situations where you meet a nice girl and you have an amazing time together – you just have this connection that is just beautiful. But then confusion comes when you try to put labels on it – when you want to make it more complicated than it should be. What we have is already amazing, super sexy, so why change it? Let's make it up as we go. Don't try and put a label on it because your friends want to know what's going on, because everyone can't understand a masterpiece.
TWU: Would you rather find the best love in Paris or find the greatest sex in Vegas?
Jason Derulo: I like a little bit of both. I think both are pretty cool (laughs).
Jason Derulo’s new album, 'Future History', is out on October 10.
Also, catch Jason Derulo co-presenting the 2011 MOBO Awards.
Stay up to date with Jason Derulo on Twitter - www.twitter.com/JasonDerulo
Words: Denise Kodia (@CMyPassion)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)