Interview: Carly Rae Jepsen

Tommy2: Hey, it’s Tommy2 and checking in with us today we have Carly Rae Jepsen who’s currently out on the road promoting her new single, Call Me Maybe. So Carly, how you doin?

Carly Rae Jepsen: I’m doing well. Thank you, how are you?

Tommy2: Good! Now where are you checkin in from today?

Carly Rae Jepsen: Actually, just landed back home in Vancouver today. I’m here for five days and then I’m back at it again.

Tommy2: Crazy, so you’re going to get a little rest huh?

Carly Rae Jepsen: Well, kind of a rest if you call being in the studio rest, which I do and I don’t. There’s something about getting to wear your sweatpants that is really nice, but I’m still going to be working.

Tommy2: You’re not in an airplane, we’ll put it that way.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Yes, I’m not in the sky – which was terrifying by the way. All those plane rides. Last night I saw thunder in the sky, very scary.

Tommy2: Crazy, now currently you’ve got some huge momentum with your single Call Me Maybe, but before we get into that, why don’t we back up and talk about how you got to where you are today. Like when you started singing and some big things that have happened in your career so far.

Carly Rae Jepsen: So I started singing when I was about age seven and kind of caught the music bug after that. I was involved in musical theater, I played Annie in high school and all that fun stuff, and then one day Canadian Idol happened and I luckily kind of made it to third in that competition. I would’ve never expect that that would be, the… the thing that was my leg up, but it was. And then it kind of allowed me to have my 15 minutes of Canadian Fame. Enough time to put out a record called Tug of War which was especially exciting to me because it was a song… a CD full of like songs that I had written, and I had also written some of those with my friend and producer Ryan Stewart and Josh Ramsay, and it was the second CD round that I signed to 604 records and we put out a song, Call Me Maybe, which was written by Josh (Ramsay), myself and Tavish Crowe. And I guess the way the story goes is that Justin (Bieber) was home for Christmas, heard the song in Canada here on the radio and got excited enough about it to spread the word and to talk to his manager Scooter (Braun) and they approached me to be their first officially signing to Schoolboy Records, and since then my life has just changed radically.

Tommy2: Now what’s the story about Call Me Maybe. That’s definitely an amazing song and has huge potential. You actually co-wrote that song, when you were in the studio recording it – did you feel you had really something special there?

Carly Rae Jepsen: You know, I feel that way with every song and not to say that in a cocky way but just in the way that I think there’s something magic about every song that you write and it’s hard to know which one’s going to kind of take off or respond with people. And the fact that Call Me Baby did was a surprise to me, it was exciting obviously, but I wasn’t expecting any of this.

Tommy2: So going back to how you answered that question, you’re pretty much getting into the fact that you pour so much passion into everything that you write and record that they don’t always stand out, they’re all… as some people would say, there baby’s. There things they put so much effort into.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Yeah, I mean there’s songs for different reasons. There’s songs that you write as a journal entry thought just for yourself and there’s songs that you write because you feel like you know it’s going to catch on and that people might feel it to. You never know, it’s like picking a favorite kid as you said, it’s as a mother or a parent, not that I have children but, I would imagine that it would be like picking a favorite child which would be an impossible thing to do.

Tommy2: Now for most of us that song went unheard of until Carlos Pena posted that video, that included it as the soundtrack. It’s currently up to 19 million views – were you surprised with how fast that thing blew up?

Carly Rae Jepsen: Yes, I’m so surprised. Even hearing that number – I didn’t even know that, as of how high it was. So yes, definitely surprised. It’s blown my mind that they did that and it came as a shock to me to see the video out there as well.

Tommy2: And that’s definitely a really unique opportunity you had. Because you just happened to have some great faces to get out there to dance along to the song, but at the heart of it, without the song, that video means – no matter who’s in the video, you know what I mean? And with all the people that got involved to promote that single, it really gave you a new opportunity to get the song out there, and obviously people are responding – especially when you look at sales on iTunes.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Wow! Thank you. Yeah, I mean what’s been encouraging too is not just the Justin and Selena and Ashley video – I don’t know what to call it, but the video that they put together, but also just seeing it’s sparked this fun thing online where just different people from like, I’ve seen videos from fans, I’ve seen videos from like India – just everywhere people kind of posting these Call Me Maybe videos of themselves. And I can remember like putting together like dances with myself, so it’s just kind of neat to see that this, especially with like the online madness that we have in the world today that people can just kind of post it out there and share that with me, and that I get to see that they’re having so much fun and just being silly, it’s just great.

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