Video Interview: YouTube Phenom Greyson Chance
By Zach Dionne Posted Aug 9th 2010 10:20AM
burned up the Internet (and the hearts of 12-year-old girls nationwide) and landed him a guest spot on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show.' Ellen quickly announced plans to form a record label, eleveneleven, and feature Greyson's first recording as the inaugural release. PopEater had the sublime fortune to sit down with the pint-sized prodigy, and we've got the video and photo shoot after the jump! (And yes, he talks Gaga, Bieber, those little ladies in the video, and life after 29 million hits on YouTube.)
How's it going, Greyson?
It's going really good, I'm here in New York and I'm having a blast. This is the first time I've ever been here, it's going great, I love the city.
Awesome! So did you arrange 'Paparazzi' like that?
I got the sheet music and I played it out like how it was originally written, and then it doesn't sound anything like the original version, like how it does now. I changed it up a lot.
Refresher course: Greyson's stellar rendition of 'Paparazzi'
Do you do any other covers?
On my upcoming album, I have a couple. 'Paparazzi' of course is on there, and I also have a song called 'Fire' by Augustana.
What is happening with the album, with your music?
It's great, I'm working with Interscope Records and Eleveneleven Records. The one who's making my record is Ron Fair, who works with Interscope, and he's a genius. He's great, and he really knows what I want in the music. It's a really interesting sound. It's like pop, but then there's these slow rock ballads, like some of them want to make you cry, it's great and it's like really unique. I love the way it's coming along.
Great, so when might we hear some?
I think we're going to possible release an EP around September.
Will you be playing some shows or doing a big tour?
I don't think I'm going to be doing a tour anytime soon, but yeah, hopefully a couple shows.
And what's happening with school?
I'm going into seventh grade, and I'm going to be doing online school this year.
You met Lady Gaga recently, right?
Yeah, actually I went to her concert in OKC, and she was ... wow. I was blown away. She's amazing, as a performer, and she's an amazing person -- she's phenomenal, so nice, just so kind and genuine.
Now, even if you weren't rocking the Biebs haircut, just the YouTube rise to fame would earn you some Justin Bieber comparisons. Thoughts?
It's an honor. I mean, you know, what he has done in the music world is crazy. I mean, he's 16, and he has like 3 million followers on Twitter. Cody Simpson, Justin Bieber, and Greyson Chance [laughs] -- it's kind of like a triangle right now. But, it's an honor to be compared to him, but our music is different and it's nothing personal, he seems like a really cool guy and I'd love to meet him and talk to him, but our music is different.
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Is there a backup plan other than music?
Ah, backup plan ... I don't really know, my motto's kinda "Go for today, don't worry about the future, it'll come eventually."
You've been doing music since you were really young.
Really young, and it's always been my dream to make an album. My biggest dream is to win a Grammy, and so hopefully that will come.
Is there anything else you're ridiculously talented at, like singing and playing piano?
I'm a very good dancer.
No! Not at all. [laughs]
You're about to turn 13, yeah?
In less than a month, August 16th.
Any big plans?
Everybody keeps on asking me that, I really don't know. I don't know!
C'mon -- you're going to be a teenager, man!
I'd love to come back to New York, I love it here, it's great!
You and Ellen are best buds now, right?
Yeah, I mean, she's amazing. I can't describe her in words. She's phenomenal, and she's a really good friend, yes.
How often are you in touch?
Wow, that's great. And has anybody been treating you differently at home?
No, not really, I mean my friends are still my friends and when I'm hanging with them it's nothing different. I'm still Greyson and it's still a normal thing.
So they aren't just like, "Wow man, who are you?!"
Oh, no no no, not at all.
This is my last thing: You know everybody wants to know about those little ladies in the video. What was going on there?
I actually met them a couple weeks ago, but before that I didn't even know who they were.
Just girls in the audience. But I met them, they were extremely nice.
And have you been getting a little more attention from girls?
Yeah, I guess a little bit. A little bit, yeah.
I'm not complaining. [laughs]
Do you want to spill the big news if you do or don't have a girlfriend?
I don't, I don't.
So you're single?
Single. Staying that way. [laughs]
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