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Tell us — how did you and Cody Simpson get paired up for this tour?
Well, you know, me and Cody met and thought, ‘Why don’t we do a tour together?’ We got along very well, it just seemed like the right thing to do.
Do you and Cody hang out a lot?
Yeah, we hang out a lot, and we’re sharing buses as well, so we’re somewhat forced to hangout. [Laughs]
Do you have any family on the road with you?
Yeah — Cody has his whole family, and I have my mom or dad with me at all times.
Are you in charge then, since it’s your tour — your career?
No, not really. [Laughs] My mother lets me stay up as late as I want, though.
So since your mom is on the road, does she do your laundry for you?
Of course! I don’t even know how to do laundry.
Do you guys eat a lot of junk food and stuff on the road?
It’s not your choice, you have to!
So you’re living…
I live in L.A. now. Well, I still have my house in Oklahma, and my dad and my sister and sometimes my mom are in Oklahoma. We still have our house, we still have everything there, but I’m always in L.A., constantly.
That’s a huge change in such a short amount of time! What’s that like?
Well, it’s fun! I don’t really have a home anywhere, I’m on a tour bus most of the time so I’m almost constantly traveling.
What do you think has been your coolest experience on this tour so far?
I think it’s just, every night — and I say this about every tour — to be on tour is another mountain in its own, it’s another adventure. In every city we have different girls, we have different experiences, and it’s just so much fun seeing all of the fans performing all of the music — it’s just a blast.
How do you keep busy on the bus when you’re driving between cities?
You know, it’s not too hard. We’re usually either watching movies or sleeping, because we’re always traveling at night. I listen to my iPod a lot and just chill out.
What are you listening to lately?
I’ve been very inspired lately by old rock ‘n’ roll. I’m very into Journey, and AC/DC and lots of different things.
Do they ever let you drive the bus?
Absolutely not. I’ve tried, trust me.
Are you doing schoolwork and stuff while you’re on the road?
Yeah! I have a tutor on the road and me and Cody … She’s actually originally my tutor and then I introduced her to Cody and he loves her, so we share her now.
Are you dating anybody back home?
Not dating anybody. I’ve been heartbroken for a little bit of a time and I wrote a whole record about it, so I’m not dating. I wrote an album. It’s coming out around back-to-school time and it’s called ‘Hold On Til the Night.’
What do you think people can expect from it?
It’s a very good record. [Laughs] A lot of people that I’ve played it for … Everybody has been very surprised. I think that a lot of people think I’m a 13-year-old, so they’re like, ‘Oh, well we know what he’s gonna do, ’cause he’s 13!’ and it’s completely opposite. I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people. I think everybody thinks I’m gonna go down because of my age, and because of everything. They think I’m gonna go down the pop road — that teenage type of pop road. I’m really not. Everything that I do is very meaningful, and it has a background, it has a reason behind it. The music is pop-rock in itself, it’s like One Republic and Snow Patrol kind of.
Even me and Cody, we’re very different. And I think that’s another great thing about this tour, we season each other very well.
What’s something that your fans might not know about you?
I love photography actually! I’m very into photography, I don’t think they know that…
What musician, artist, or band would you say you look up to the most? Just one!
I think it would have to be Journey, especially with this record. Journey has always been in my mind when I’ve been writing it, when I’ve been singing it, when I’m performing on stage. Journey. I’m always thinking about ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ and you know, ‘Faithfully.’ I’m always thinking about these records and how they perform as a band. I don’t do any covers by Journey, I do do covers in my set, but not by Journey.
What inspires you in your life?
I’m very inspired by just art itself. Simple things. I love physical art, I love music, I love photography, paintings — I just find I love theater, I’m a very artsy guy.
What kind of stuff do you do when you’re not on the road that’s not related to your music?
Usually when I go home I jump on my trampoline. This is going to sound so … Oklahoma is not a farm based place, but I go out to the woods and get fire for the fireplace. That sounds really, ‘Hay! I’m from Oklahoma!’ but I do, I go out to the woods and I get the wood and I bring it back to my dad to make a fire. I actually live in a very suburban neighborhood.
So, where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully still doing this! Hopefully at House of Blues, headlining, and hopefully making an amazing record.
What would you say is your favorite part of being on tour?
You know, my favorite part about being on tour is you know, there’s always something going on. It’s very action-packed. I love going to the venues, I love meeting all of the fans, I have so much fun on tour. I really do mean that, I have lots of fun.
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