A chat with Taio Cruz!
UthMag had the opportunity to get some answers to questions that his fans all over the world would be asking. Here is the interview!
HOW WOULD YOU SAY THINGS HAVE CHANGED FOR YOU BETWEEN THE RELEASE OF “ROKSTARR” AND NOW?
Ever since releasing “Rokstarr” it’s become considerably busier which is a good thing. I like it. I like to have work to do as opposed to having nothing to do. It’s great. There’s just been so many different territories, so many different countries that have been warm and warming to my music so it’s great to have been able to visit them and release my music there.
YOU’RE STARTING 2012 OFF IN A HUGE WAY WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM, “TY.O” – WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT TITLE?
So, the title for my new album is “TY.O” and it’s simple, you know, it’s two reasons. One, I just wanted to have a very simple album title but at the same time a lot of people seem to get my name wrong. I get very many different variations. I get Tay-O a lot, that’s probably the most obvious on. But sometimes I get Tow-ai, I get Tow, I get Tee-O, I get millions and millions of different variations so this is just the phonetic pronunciation of my name. So, “TY,O”.
YOU WORKED WITH SOME AMAZING NAMES ON “ROKSTARR” – WHO HAVE YOU WORKED WITH THIS TIME AROUND?
Yeah, well “Rokstarr” definitely was an album that had a lot of female features on so this album has a lot of male features on which I didn’t realise until I looked back at it, that all the features were male so we have David Guetta, we have Ludacris, Pitbull, Flo Rida. Who I love. So it’s very exciting, the songs are all very cool and catchy.
WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION THIS TIME AROUND?
I kind of pull inspirations from out of the air. I think I’m always inspired by everything so it comes to me without thinking about it, it comes in a very subconscious way. I don’t , like, specifically draw from something so it’s just everyday life and living and hanging out. It just comes out randomly.
YOU’VE CONTINUED TO WRITE SONGS FOR HUGE NAMES INCLUDING KYLIE, WILL YOUNG, JUSTIN BIEBER AND DAVID GUETTA – HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO WORK WITH?
I think that decision gets made for me, with these people’s talents, you know, all these artists are just so amazingly talented that I’m drawn to wanting to work with them because they’re so good. You know Justin Bieber’s just a great singer as well as a great musician in such a young person who’s only growing and who’s only going to get better. You know, working with all the great people he’s only now being allowed to work with and in a position to work with and the same with more seasoned people like the Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, it’s just they’re such great musicians tht I always love to work with them.
WHO HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH RECENTLY?
Well, most recently I haven’t been working with that many people because I was finishing my album so I was mainly working with Swedish House Mafia, Red One, David Guetta, but mainly for my record. Then we did a week with Cheryl Cole for her record and still coming up hopefully in January I’ll be working with Justin Bieber.
FINALLY, YOU STARTED OUT WRITING AND MAKING MUSIC WHEN YOU WERE SO YOUNG – WAS THERE EVER ANY QUESTION THAT THIS WAS YOUR DESTINY?
No, I think I’ve always known that I was going to make music whether it even be for a living or not, but I was always going to make music regardless, even if it was a hobby and I had to get a job doing something else I think I would have made music regardless.
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