TWIST just chatted with one of our fave singers, Cody Simpson! Cody's been on tour with Big Time Rush and Rachel Crow, but last night he took a little break to celebrate the launch of Hallmark's Text Bands with a meet and greet and an acoustic performance! We talked to Cody Simpson about why he loves Text Bands, how he deals with missing friends, his upcoming album and what we can expect to see in upcoming episodes of his "Wish U Were Here" web series! Check out our chat with Cody below and don't forget to check out his summer single, "Wish U Were Here."
TWIST: Can you tell me a little about the Hallmark Text Bands?
CS: The Text Band is real cool for a lot of my younger fans that may not have a phone and they wanna chat through technology. They can bump wrists and exchange messages and stuff, so I just thought it was really cool.
TWIST: Have you been using the Text Bands at all?
CS: My little brother loves the Text Bands. He's been using them a bit and he's having a lot of fun with it. I play with him a little bit with them.
TWIST: If you were the same age as, or maybe a little bit older than your brother, what's the number one thing you would use a Text Band for?
CS: Maybe asking a girl out on a first date. You know, I wish I had that when I was a little bit younger, cause I would have used that to my great advantage.
TWIST: Can you tell me what you're looking forward to doing at the event this evening?
CS: I'm doing a little acoustic performance. It'll be cool to just mellow out a little bit. Just sit down with my guitar and get into it.
TWIST: Can you tell me a little about the upcoming episodes for "Wish U Were Here?"
CS: I think the next one is going to be focused around Alli. I can't give away too much more! We just definitely wanna keep on giving my fans that behind the scenes insight on what goes on and the fun that we have on tour.
TWIST: I know you're also putting the finishing touches on Paradise, is that right?
CS: The album is pretty much finished! We still have until October 2nd to get it all ready to go. I'm pretty stoked! We've got a lot of amazing dance tracks and a lot of really great, chill, beach records. I'm just so excited for my fans to hear it!
TWIST: Can you tell me one of the most meaningful songs that you've recorded?
CS: "Wish U Were Here." It's pretty much what the whole summer campaign is based around. I'm just really focused on that song at the moment, going around and performing it and telling my fans to request it on radio stations and at Radio Disney! It's been number one on Radio Disney for the last week or so. So that's pretty sweet. I think it's something that a lot of people can relate to when they're away and they're missing friends or a girlfriend or a boyfriend or whoever it is.
TWIST: Can you tell me a little bit more about what that's like? How do you deal when you miss people?
CS: It can be hard from time to time. I do know that I've been out on the road for about three months and I'll be traveling pretty much until the end of the year, so it does get hard sometimes. Aside from all the amazing things that happen, you do have a moment where you miss a lot of your friends, and I think it's cool for people to have a song that kinda ties that all together, but is a really fun summer jam as well.
TWIST: When you think back now, especially when you're watching the Olympics, do you ever have any second thoughts about giving up swimming?
CS: I definitely don't regret it. 'Cause what I'm doing right now is so amazing and I just wouldn't wish for anything else. I do miss swimming a lot and you never know what could happen in the future. Nothing's impossible and it's never too late for things. Just right now, I'm living my dreams. But, we'll see what happens. I don't wanna say too much.
TWIST: Do you still swim?
CS: No, I don't really have too much downtime to do that. It's time consuming, but every once and a while I'll go into the pool and do a couple of laps and stuff. But, I'm happy for a lot of my mates who've made the team. One of my mates actually got the silver medal in the breaststroke. I'm excited for him!
TWIST: Any upcoming projects?
CS: If you haven't come out to the show, come out and see the tour. I'm just excited for my album to come out!
TWIST: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us Cody!
CS: Definitely! Thanks again. Have a good one!
Photo: Courtesy of Karl Mattson