When teeny bopper Greyson Chance hopped onto AirAsia to see his fans in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur, we couldn’t resist sneaking on-board to chat with boy wonder here about his new EP “Truth Be Told”, why he couldn’t travel without his hairspray and who packs his bag for him… 30,000 feet up in the air!
Words: Ellyse Ng
It’s my second time in Kota Kinabalu, so it’s great to see some familiar faces. Kota Kinabalu is a wonderful beach town, and since the hotel was right by the beach, it was pure paradise for me! It’s my first time in Kuching, so I was really excited to meet the fans there as well. Overall, Malaysian fans are pretty awesome! They screamed so loud and they went really crazy, and I just want to give them a great show to remember.
How crazy has a fan gone for you?
Well, I had underwear and bras thrown at me, but I guess my most memorable one would be a show in the Philippines. I got bitten on the arm! Getting chomped on really leaves a lasting impression.
How would you look back through the years and how you’ve grown?
I think I’ve matured musically as well as mentally. I find myself always growing when I start writing a new record, and I started to feel new things which helped me write. There were a few things that I’ve always wished I could redo, but definitely no regrets in putting up the “Paparazzi” video. I put that up to show my friends, and look where it’s gotten me so far!
Tell us about your new EP and your new adult sound.
This one’s different because I wrote all the songs, and even my genre has changed. I stripped down the fancy productions and got back to basics so my listeners can reconnect with my music. For a new adult sound, I had to dig deep from my personal experiences, and though it was hard initially, I’m glad I pulled through eventually.
How do you handle the stress of being in the spotlight?
There’s a good and bad side to fame – I get to perform and do what I love, but everything I do gets nitpicked. My family keeps me grounded, and helps me stay a kid. My parents travel with me occasionally and when I’m home, I try to let life proceed as usual. You’ll see me walking the dog, having sleepovers, going to the grocery store – I try to not think about work when I’m home.
Any performances to remember?
I’ll never forget when I performed for Stevie Wonder – that man’s a legend! We spoke about how much I love his music and I’d definitely hope to have a collaboration with him someday. I’d love to perform for the likes of Janis Joplin and John Lennon (though they’re dead), and perhaps one day, I could work with Bruno Mars as well!
Alright, seasoned traveller! Tell us a tip or two when you travel.
If you could pick a seat, always pick the window seat. I love the view and I get excited when I’m seated by the window…no matter how many times I travel.
Who packs your bag for you?
My mom used to do it, and then one day she said “Pack your own bags, you lazy kid”. Haha, I’m just kidding! I’m all grown up now, so I pack my own bags.
What are the 3 things you can’t live without when you travel?
Definitely my headphones, clean underwear and my hairspray! I can’t live without my hairspray, my hair desperately needs to look good :)
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