About to Pop: Jay Sean
By Ashley Iasimone Posted Nov 23rd 2009 05:20PM
Who: Jay Sean
Album: 'All or Nothing'
Hails From: London
For Fans Of: Chris Brown, Craig David
Why He's About to Pop: Since embarking on his career in music, Jay Sean has dropped a handful of singles and two albums, and already toured extensively, performing for audiences at sold out shows worldwide. Sean's international success soon caught the attention of US record executive Ronald "Slim" Williams. Now, Sean is signed to a multi-album recording contract with Universal's Cash Money Records -- home to Lil Wayne, who collaborated with Sean on his No. 1 pop/R&B hit, 'Down' -- and is set to release his new album, 'All or Nothing.'
"Wayne is a huge inspiration, man," Sean tells PopEater. "I mean, just watching him at work and watching him on the video set and everything was super inspiring, 'cause that guy has got so much energy and is such a pro. You can just tell he's been in it for years, and he just doesn't stop grinding."
Sean has been keeping just as busy as Wayne -- 'All Or Nothing' is out on Nov. 24, and the singer is on tour in the US through December. "I'm all heart," Sean says. "I take risks and I go with my gut. Music is my passion, and I just had to give it a go. Otherwise, I don't think I'd ever be able to live with myself. Luckily, it's been working out great for me so far."
Which new song on 'All or Nothing' are you most excited for people to hear?
The album 'All or Nothing' has a lot of diversity on it. There's the kind of pop tracks like 'Down,' but then there's more R&B type of tracks like 'Do You' -- which is a real sexy slow jam -- and then ballads like 'War.' I really want people to hear 'War' because it's a beautiful song about the sentiment that, you know, fighting with anyone or anything -- whether it's a girl or family member or a country -- never solved anything.
What was it like to work with Lil Wayne?
Wayne is a huge inspiration, man. I mean, just watching him at work and watching him on the video set and everything was super inspiring, 'cause that guy has got so much energy and is such a pro. You can just tell he's been in it for years, and he just doesn't stop grinding. He's still working like he was [when he was] unsigned, and that's just the most amazing thing.
If you could collaborate with anyone past or present, who would you choose?
Past, of course it would be Michael Jackson. Who wouldn't want to work with him? He's a complete legend, you know. Currently, I mean, I'd love to do something with Rihanna, or with Jay-Z, Eminem [or] Beyonce. I mean, the list goes on.
After touring all over the world, what has been the most memorable city that you've played in?
I mean, there was a place called Nagaland ... OK, I thought it was a joke. I thought it was like right next to Lapland or something. Nagaland, this place is like, it's somewhere near Nepal in the mountains. It's between China and India. It's just apparently a terrorist state, and they've never had anyone perform there before. I was actually escorted by army tanks at the airport, and I performed for the the royalty there. It was a really bizarre experience. It was really, really crazy.
If we were able to look at your iPod right now, what would we see that you've been listening to?
I mean, you know, I listen to a lot of stuff that's current, [and] the old stuff as well. I never stop listening to the old music 'cause everything goes around in cycles. I mean, there's stuff there from Blackstreet to Boyz II Men, all the way through to people like Keane and Coldplay and Travis. You know, you got R. Kelly, the Dream, Ne-Yo and Justin [Timberlake]. I mean, loads of stuff, man. I like to to listen to a diverse range of music.
You once were on path to be a doctor. When did you decide to focus on music rather than medicine?
You know, at the end of the day, doing music is not a conventional job. Sometimes I laugh about it and say it's not really a job at all, you know, How can you call it a job? Whereas, you know, doing medicine of course is a profession, and it's something which is always guaranteed. I guess I'm just a heart person. I'm all heart. I take risks and I go with my gut. Music is my passion and I just had to give it a go. Otherwise, I don't think I'd ever be able to live with myself. Luckily, it's been working out great for me so far.
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