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Wednesday’s big interview: We talk to Cody Simpson about believing in aliens, Dancing With The Stars and his new single and Summer album


Hi Cody, how are you? Let’s start with your music first of all. Tell us about your new single ‘Surfboard’, it’s on its way?
Yeah. It’s coming in less than 2 weeks. Actually just finished up in the studio. I was in until like 5 in the morning, finishing it up and had to almost go straight to dance rehearsals for the new season on Dancing With The Stars which is gonna be fun. But yeah I’m really looking forward to the next song coming out.

It really is the best thing I’ve ever done.

Is it a different style. Is it a change for Cody Simpson?
It’s definitely much more mature. More mature, more easy. Literally, I’ve been spending the entire year so far, just being in the studio every day, like experimenting with new sounds and trying to form a creative sound myself. It’s good now, I’m really excited for this and setting up the new album for this Summer.

Does the late night affect your dancing game in the morning or were you on form still?
No mate. I’m tryin’ as much as I can while I’m young. While I can still pull it off.

You also recorded ‘Shine Supernova’ for the film ‘Escape From Planet Earth’. What’s the film about?
I’m stoked to be a part of it. It’s an awesome animated movie. Awesome family movie. And y’know it’s got some great morals. I went to the premiere and saw it with my family. Very intergalactic. They asked me to write a song that fits the movie and it fits the movie perfectly. It’s very space-y.

When you became a pop star did you think “I want to write a song about a blue hero alien” or did that sort of come about later?*Laughs*. It definitely wasn’t something that crossed my mind in any way but y’know when opportunities like that come up that are just so amazing and out of the ordinary, you have to take them.

How do you write a song about an alien? If it’s about your life, surfing, a girl you like, you can pull from that. What if its about if it’s an alien that you’ve never met.
It’s kinda different, it’s less of like a natural process for you, like usually I’m just kinda like on my guitar. Coming up with chords. Writing about things that come natural to me.

Thinking about an alien and writing in a kinda of spacey sense, with different types of instruments. I had to put my mind inside the film and think about what it would be like to experience something like that. I really created the music to reflect what I was trying to feel.

Do you believe in aliens yourself?
Uhh yeah I would say so, yeah I definitely believe I…. Definitely errr definitely like to like to imagine y’know? [MP! HE DOESN’T SOUND CONVINCED DOES HE?]

What do you reckon they look like? Out of interest?
*Laughs*. I’m not sure. I think they do a pretty good in the movie of pulling that off.

Harry Styles is rumoured to have booked a place on a rocket with Richard Branson to go to outer space, is that something you’d ever think about doing?
Ohh maybe, um I mean definitely when I’m older when it’s sort of more of a regular thing to do. I’m too young right now! I don’t know if I wanna go there, definitely in the future.

‘Escape From Planet Earth’ is in cinemas now. The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip.

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