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[Q]: First question, love the new song 'No Gravity'. What's the story behind the song?
The story behind 'no gravity' is umm'¦its like a cute love song really. I was literally just thinking about what you feel like when you have that love - it just makes you so happy and excited and you really do feel like you're walking on thin air in a bubble and singing 'la la la'. That's literally what it is you're just happy to be in love. And so you feel like there's no gravity, you're just floating through space.
[Q]: Okay here's something I didn't know and you can let me know if it is true ' although your aunt was a popular artist your family had concerns about your music career. How come?
Even though my aunt was a popular artist back home in Barbados they were ' you know- that's my mom's sister so my mom would know first hand the challenges and like the struggles and how easy it is ' more easy to not work out than it is. So they were just really nervous more so, I guess as parents they were gonna be nervous.
[Q]: What was your aunt's name?
Her name is Kim Derrick. And she still has a band in Barbados.
[Q]: Nice, and do you play with the band every now and then at home?
Yeah I actually used to play with them just before I got signed too. I had started performing with her it was pretty cool.
[Q]: How did you manage to craft songs for top artists while attending university?
Wow I sometimes wondered that. I don't think I really thought about how ' you know when you love something you just do it so time management wasn't really that challenging for me I would just do it. I would just figure it out. I know I had to go to to school there were certain things I wanted to accomplish academically and I just knew I had to do it and likewise with music there were certain things that I just love doing - I just loved it and I couldn't help myself anyway. And that was basically it I never thought about it I just did it.
[Q]: What is your main goal as an artist for you right now?
I think for me right now the most important goals for me its really just establishing myself as an artist ' as a household name. I want to win grammys I want to really be accepted as an established artist and really touch as many people as I possibly can so for me another goal is to establish myself worldwide I don't really want to be in a box. I think primarily for me as far as goals is definitely just really using this second album ' my goal is that it's really gonna establish my career.
[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme or pre-written lyrics or do you start with an idea or the music first?
When I'm writing a song it can be either of those things or a combination. There are times when you completely start from scratch sometimes you have a theme or a concept that you know ' ok this is what we're gonna write about today. Some times u hear the music first - a beat and it just inspires a theme or it inspires you to go a certain way with the writing. It can be either way and I have and still do write using all those different methods.
[Q]: What collaborations could your fans look forward to in the future?
In the future well on this album as far as collabs go there's Ashel Roth, theres Pitbull theres The Dream. I got to work with really cool people like Rock city, the Jackie Boyz, Bruno Mars, tony kanal from no doubt Rodney jerkins of course, you know I got to collaborate with an amazing slew of talent. Right now I've been able to collaborate with Rihanna so we actually worked on a song together that's gonnna be on her upcoming album 'Loud'. That's pretty exciting. Other than that I don't know we'll see where it goes. Hopefully I get a lot more phone calls also I recorded a song with JLS and they're like a huge boy group from the UK. The collabs are comin in ' we'll see- there are some people that I would like to work with, like Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.
[Q]: In what way do you reap the benefits in the music-business of your law-study?
Ah well law definitely ' the fact that I have studied law definitely helps ' there are benefits. I really call it shark repellent because what it means is that because people know this usually they don't even come to me with half the stuff that they usually go to other artists with because they know that I already know [ laughs]. I actually am probably one of the few artists you know ' I actually read the right contracts. It makes it easier to weed out BS for lack of a better word.
[Q]: Is your law study helping you choose the right contract?
Yeah definitely. Even as far as me being able to know if my lawyer is any good. It helps you make a lot of good decisions and definitely I do read every contract that comes my way. I don't even leave things to my lawyer. We work as a team together.
[Q]: Could you spare indie-artists a few pointers/ tips when signing a contract?
Like I said, It's definitely important ' even if you think you don't understand the legal words the most important thing is that you ' just don't a sign a contract until you really understand. So even if you feel like 'I have the best lawyer in the world or the best manager in the world' its still really important that even if you don't understand what you have read, ask a million questions until you really understand what that contract means because it really is just a matter of saying 'yes and no' ' agreeing to the terms and conditions. That's the most important thing. Even if you don't get it, ask until you get it. Don't sign it until you understand.
[Q]: Recently, being that your other album's coming out what's a typical day like for you?
Oh my gosh yeah, a typical day for me is crazy but of course with an album coming out my day starts for me before the sun comes up. I'm either on my way to the airport, flying to a radio show or flying out somewhere to do press. I spend long hours doing phoners or interviews ' like right now and it gets later to the evening time when there's shows so I might be doing club appearances or performances or radio shows and stuff like that so right now my schedule is extremely hectic.