Interview: The Paparazzi Phenomenon - Greyson Chance
You might remember him when we first posted his Paparazzi video under our Youtube Talent section. Since then he he has won over the hearts of millions of girls and caught the attention of music executives. We caught up with the young and talented singer Greyson Chance for an exclusive one-on-one interview right before he hit the stage for his national tour "Waiting 4 U".
Were you surprised at how many views your youtube videos received?
Just like everyone else, I was very surprised at what the Paparazzi video did. I was excited and thrilled at how it just kept on climbing, climbing, and climbing on Youtube. It's definitely something I am thankful for.
If Youtube was never created, how would you get your music out to the world for them to hear?
Well I would probably doing it just like any other artists. I would be making some demos and tossing them out to record companies. I would find opportunities to put my face in front of people. Whether it be singing in the streets, or singing at a show.
At the age of 13. How are you dealing with the fame, family, friends, and school?
Well I see my family quite a lot! Friends wise, I told myself that if I wanted to be an artist that I would have to detach myself and become "Greyson Chance". It's something that I have learned to live with and have developed as I grew older.
From your experience, what is the craziest thing a fan has done?
There have been some very drawn out posters from girls in the audience. Some of them have been a little strange, but I love seeing them as I perform on stage. It's always great to see fans showing love, because it motivates me to keep going forward with my singing career.
You have two very powerful managers behind you at the moment -- Guy Oseary who manages Madonna's career and Troy Carter, who manages Lady Gaga -- How did this partnership come about?
It all started with Ellen really. I met Troy Carter as an introduction through Ellen. The first day that I was on the Ellen show we all sat down and talked about everything. Within a week we met with Jimmy Iovine, the CEO of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, and I got signed to Geffen Records. It happened pretty fast!
Focusing your upcoming debut album, what inspired you to begin writing lyrics?
Oh wow! I wrote a lot of this project. For my upcoming album, Hold On 'til the Night, I was very inspired because I was very heartbroken at the time. I just wrote from the heart. Since I travel a lot now, I get a lot of inspiration from a lot of different things around me.
The single is not on iTunes yet, but I'm just pre-releasing it on Facebook for now. Make sure you check it out before I "Un-Friend" you!
I was very nervous and scared the first time I met her. She's just so nice and very genuine. I'm very lucky to be under her wing!