Katy Perry Exclusive Interview

Katy Perry

Katy Perry released her EP “Ur So Gay” a few months ago, and for the emerging artist, 2008 is sure to be even bigger than her 2007. With a sense of humor that keeps both her personality and her music in check, we expect Katy Perry to be embraced by listeners and critics alike. Her debut album will drop Spring 2008, and fans should already be familiar with her music from shows like The Hills and Oxygen’s Fight Girls. To hear Katy’s music, check out her Myspace page at www.myspace.com/katyperry.

Photo Credit: Cobrasnake

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us how you got started in music.

KATY PERRY:
I started actually singing in church my whole life, from like nine to sixteen. Then ultimately I sold my soul to the devil [laughs]. But, I started in Nashville, Tennessee kind of just doing some demos, and working with a producer. Growing up I wasn’t really allowed to listen to a whole lot of what my mom would call, secular music, and so I didn’t have a whole lot of references as far as like, when the producer I was doing my demos was with was like, Okay so, who would you want to work with if you could work with anybody? I was like, I really have no idea.

So, I went home that night with my mom to the hotel and in the hotel room, I turn on Vh1, and I saw Glen Ballard talking about Alanis Morissette. I thought, you know what, I want to work with him; that’s who I’m gonna work with. So the next day I came into the studio, and I said, I want to work with this guy named Glen Ballard. He’s like, okay, well I can pull all the strings I have and make that happen. He got me a meeting with Glen in Los Angeles, and I had my Dad drive me up to L.A.

I said, Dad, stay in the car. I’m just gonna go in, play a song for this guy and come back out. And I did, and I guess it went well, because I got the call the next day. So, he did develop me for a few years and then through all kinds of events. Making this record has been like a three year process, so I’ve had the opportunity to be a developed artist, rather than just been like, picked up, thrown with a manager and putting a record out. I’m very happy that that’s been the case.

THE STAR SCOOP:
With the length of time it’s taken to get your record out, does that mean you’ve been more involved in making it?

KATY PERRY:
Oh yeah, I’m like almost over involved. I get that from some people, they’re like, you’re just too in it. I’m involved in every aspect, most definitely, especially the writing. The writing, I pull a lot of weight on the writing side. If I’m not writing it myself, I’m writing it with people that I respect and respect me. I play guitar so, I’m always starting the songs at home and bringing them to my fellow producers and saying, Hey, look, help me out. I need to go somewhere different musically. So I’m involved in everything.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Where does your inspiration come from for your songs?

KATY PERRY:
Well, lots of different things. Mostly just like moments in my life. For me, it’s really easy for me to write about heartache, really easy. I don’t know why. I think that’s how I get through it is writing about the heartache that I’m having about a relationship, or a boy, or you know, someone I was in love with or hurt by or whatever.

It’s also easy kind of for me to write from a humorous perspective. My dad’s hilarious, and I got a lot of that from him. I guess that’s in my bones…that comes out in my songs. I’m a somewhat strong minded female, and so I think that also is a theme in the songs as well.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How would you describe your sound?

KATY PERRY:
Someone kind of penned it for me the other day, and I’ve been using it ever since. I don’t have any problem with saying, Oh I sound like so and so, because I think a lot of artists make the mistake of thinking that’s the wrong thing to do, when really people are just trying to figure out what you sound like. I mean, you’re not like a household name yet.

Someone said I was like a mixture of Lucille Ball and Freddie Mercury, and I have that Lucille Ball thing about me where everything looks really great on the outside, rocking that 1940s look, but on the inside there’s just something just kind of wrong about me. The Freddie Mercury, which I pale in comparison to, obviously. He is pretty much my biggest influence/idol. He’s very theatrical and boisterous and he always said what he thought and really didn’t give a fuck what anybody thought about when he walked on the stage with a crown and looked like a queen.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What are your hopes for 2008?

KATY PERRY:
Well, 2007 was great, and it came kind of at the end, which was exciting. It definitely gives this feeling, or foreshadow into what we hope 2008 will be. I put in a lot of work for it, so, we’re hoping to see the fruits of our labor. But, it came in November, when the EP came out; the year was almost over. 2008, I don’t know.

I’m trying to go completely sober for 2008 because I can’t let anything get in the way of world domination. I feel like in my category of female pop stars, that’s been like the main focus, substance abuse 2007. I can’t get on a stage, ’cause I’m too wasted. I’m going to be on Warp Tour for 2008. Just trying to get back in shape and be focused. Wrapping up the record, and we’re looking to put our single out in the spring, and the record in the spring as well.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Will you shoot a video for the single?

KATY PERRY:
Oh, yes.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you know which song you’ll be releasing as your first single?

KATY PERRY:
We have an idea, but I think what’s gonna happen in the next couple weeks is we’re gonna be sitting down, after the record is mixed and mastered, and listen to it as a record and see what stands out the most. I know that there’s a song called “Hot and Cold” that I did with Dr. Luke, who wrote “Since U Been Gone” and Max Martin as well. I thought that song – we’ve had the song for like a year, and it still continues to really stand out as the first single, so that’s exciting. It’s not like the last song we ever wrote we think is the best and it should be the first single. It’s been there for a while.

THE STAR SCOOP:
A lot of people found out about you when Perez Hilton started to post about you. Did you see a large change after that?

KATY PERRY:
Yeah, actually I did. The Myspace turned totally, it went just like, wow. We had a lot of play and a lot of activity after his post, which, is awesome. I’m just glad that he’s not putting things coming out of my mouth yet. I’m glad he’s on my side. I hope the day never comes. There [have] been a lot of things since that. Really the “Ur So Gay” kind of campaign for the EP, it’s not even like, Hi, this is Katy Perry; it was just like a slight introduction.

It was something that we want to put out, to get everybody, especially on the Internet, kids my age and kids a little bit younger just have a word of mouth kind of thing. Some of them are at school, sitting at the lunch table, just been dumped by their boyfriend, they buy the “Ur So Gay” ringtone, have it play on and on, and it’s a good validation for them.

THE STAR SCOOP:
If you become a household name in the future, how will that affect you?

KATY PERRY:
I come from a good foundation, and I hope coming from a good foundation will make the future stronger. I have a lot of friends that are “famous” or whatever, and I see the pressures and the responsibilities and the people that pull on you and then all of a sudden you have cousins that come out of the woodwork, and you’re like, Oh my God, you’re my cousin, really? So weird, I’ve never met you…and you need a house? That’s funnnnnny. I’ve seen it with a lot of my friends, so I expect things like that to happen, but, my sister will jerk a knot in my tail if anything…she has her fists ready to go.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What do you do to relax?

KATY PERRY:
I love shopping, like vintage shopping. Not just going to a store, picking up clothes with labels or whatever. I love hunting, going to estate sales, and going to thrift stores, look for antiques. My mom used to be an antique dealer in her younger years, and I’m thinking maybe I got that obsession as well. I like to blog as well. I did a little bit of blogging as of lately. Surfing the World Wide Web.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you read all the gossip sites as well? Are you as addicted as the rest of the world?

KATY PERRY:
As the rest of the world? Unfortunately, yes [laughs]. I mean, I do more of a scanning thing these days because I just can’t intake all the bullshit. But I go to Perez, DListed. A lot of my friends blog. Fashion blogs, pop culture blogs. I like to laugh a lot. I like to have fun. My life is kind of a joke. I guess that’s probably not the best thing to say, my life is a joke, but my life is really a lot about humor and making people laugh. It always makes every situation better, even if it’s a bad one.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What would you like to tell your fans?

KATY PERRY:
I’m really excited that I have fans now. It’s a cute, exciting thing. I don’t know, I consider my fans somewhat my friends, my peers, you know? Because I’m a fan of music, and a fan of a lot of artists, and still get nervous when I go and meet them or whatever. I can’t believe I’m meeting them…every time I meet John Mayer; I’ve met him a few times, I get really nervous.

I don’t know. I was really nervous when I saw Little Richard walk right by me, and I was like, Oh my God, that’s Little Richard. It’s like, when you go to the Coffee Bean or Starbucks, you run into Pam Anderson, you know, just random people. There’s Perez blogging in his little corner at Coffee Bean, and you’re like, What’s up. It’s a weird thing. I just want [my fans] to enjoy the music and be entertained, and listen to the lyrics. And stick with me, because we’re gonna have some good times and some bad times. I’m a roller coaster ride.

Katy Perry released her EP “Ur So Gay” a few months ago, and for the emerging artist, 2008 is sure to be even bigger than her 2007. With a sense of humor that keeps both her personality and her music in check, we expect Katy Perry to be embraced by listeners and critics alike.Her debut album will drop Spring 2008, and fans should already be familiar with her music from shows like The Hills and Oxygen’s Fight Girls. To hear Katy’s music, check out her myspace page at www.myspace.com/katyperry.

Photo Credit: Cobrasnake

The Star Scoop:

Tell us how you got started in music.

Katy Perry:

I started actually singing in church my whole life, from like nine to sixteen. Then ultimately I sold my soul to the devil [laughs]. But, I started in Nashville, Tennessee kind of just doing some demos, and working with a producer. Growing up I wasn’t really allowed to listen to a whole lot of what my mom would call, secular music, and so I didn’t have a whole lot of references as far as like, when the producer I was doing my demos was with was like, Okay so, who would you want to work with if you could work with anybody? I was like, I really have no idea. So, I went home that night with my mom to the hotel and in the hotel room, I turn on Vh1, and I saw Glen Ballard talking about Alanis Morissette. I thought, you know what, I want to work with him; that’s who I’m gonna work with. So the next day I came into the studio, and I said, I want to work with this guy named Glen Ballard. He’s like, okay, well I can pull all the strings I have and make that happen. He got me a meeting with Glen in Los Angeles, and I had my Dad drive me up to L.A. I said, Dad, stay in the car. I’m just gonna go in, play a song for this guy and come back out. And I did, and I guess it went well, because I got the call the next day. So, he did develop me for a few years and then through all kinds of events. Making this record has been like a three year process, so I’ve had the opportunity to be a developed artist, rather than just been like, picked up, thrown with a manager and putting a record out. I’m very happy that that’s been the case.

The Star Scoop:

With the length of time it’s taken to get your record out, does that mean you’ve been more involved in making it?

Perry:

Oh yeah, I’m like almost over involved. I get that from some people, they’re like, you’re just too in it. I’m involved in every aspect, most definitely, especially the writing. The writing, I pull a lot of weight on the writing side. If I’m not writing it myself, I’m writing it with people that I respect and respect me. I play guitar so, I’m always starting the songs at home and bringing them to my fellow producers and saying, Hey, look, help me out. I need to go somewhere different musically. So I’m involved in everything.

The Star Scoop:

Where does your inspiration come from for your songs?

Perry:

Well, lots of different things. Mostly just like moments in my life. For me, it’s really easy for me to write about heartache, really easy. I don’t know why. I think that’s how I get through it is writing about the heartache that I’m having about a relationship, or a boy, or you know, someone I was in love with or hurt by or whatever. It’s also easy kind of for me to write from a humorous perspective. My dad’s hilarious, and I got a lot of that from him. I guess that’s in my bones…that comes out in my songs. I’m a somewhat strong minded female, and so I think that also is a theme in the songs as well.

The Star Scoop:

How would you describe your sound?

Perry:

Someone kind of penned it for me the other day, and I’ve been using it ever since. I don’t have any problem with saying, Oh I sound like so and so, because I think a lot of artists make the mistake of thinking that’s the wrong thing to do, when really people are just trying to figure out what you sound like. I mean, you’re not like a household name yet. Someone said I was like a mixture of Lucille Ball and Freddie Mercury, and I have that Lucille Ball thing about me where everything looks really great on the outside, rocking that 1940s look, but on the inside there’s just something just kind of wrong about me. The Freddie Mercury, which I pale in comparison to, obviously. He is pretty much my biggest influence/idol. He’s very theatrical and boisterous and he always said what he thought and really didn’t give a fuck what anybody thought about when he walked on the stage with a crown and looked like a queen.

The Star Scoop:

What are your hopes for 2008?

Perry:

Well, 2007 was great, and it came kind of at the end, which was exciting. It definitely gives this feeling, or foreshadow into what we hope 2008 will be. I put in a lot of work for it, so, we’re hoping to see the fruits of our labor. But, it came in November, when the EP came out; the year was almost over. 2008, I don’t know. I’m trying to go completely sober for 2008 because I can’t let anything get in the way of world domination. I feel like in my category of female pop stars, that’s been like the main focus, substance abuse 2007. I can’t get on a stage, ’cause I’m too wasted. I’m going to be on Warp Tour for 2008. Just trying to get back in shape and be focused. Wrapping up the record, and we’re looking to put our single out in the spring, and the record in the spring as well.

The Star Scoop:

Will you shoot a video for the single?

Perry:

Oh, yes.

The Star Scoop:

Do you know which song you’ll be releasing as your first single?

Perry:

We have an idea, but I think what’s gonna happen in the next couple weeks is we’re gonna be sitting down, after the record is mixed and mastered, and listen to it as a record and see what stands out the most. I know that there’s a song called “Hot and Cold” that I did with Dr. Luke, who wrote “Since U Been Gone” and Max Martin as well. I thought that song – we’ve had the song for like a year, and it still continues to really stand out as the first single, so that’s exciting. It’s not like the last song we ever wrote we think is the best and it should be the first single. It’s been there for a while.

The Star Scoop:

A lot of people found out about you when PerezHilton started to post about you. Did you see a large change after that?

Perry:

Yeah, actually I did. The Myspace turned totally, it went just like, wow. We had a lot of play and a lot of activity after his post, which, is awesome. I’m just glad that he’s not putting things coming out of my mouth yet. I’m glad he’s on my side. I hope the day never comes. There [have] been a lot of things since that. Really the “Ur So Gay” kind of campaign for the EP, it’s not even like, Hi, this is Katy Perry; it was just like a slight introduction. It was something that we want to put out, to get everybody, especially on the Internet, kids my age and kids a little bit younger just have a word of mouth kind of thing. Some of them are at school, sitting at the lunch table, just been dumped by their boyfriend, they buy the “Ur So Gay” ringtone, have it play on and on, and it’s a good validation for them.

The Star Scoop:

If you become a household name in the future, how will that affect you?

Perry:

I come from a really good foundation, and I hope coming from a good foundation will make the future stronger. I have a lot of friends that are “famous” or whatever, and I see the pressures and the responsibilities and the people that pull on you and then all of a sudden you have cousins that come out of the woodwork, and you’re like, Oh my God, you’re my cousin, really? So weird, I’ve never met you…and you need a house? That’s funnnnnny. I’ve seen it with a lot of my friends, and I expect things like that to happen, but, my sister will jerk a knot in my tail if anything…she has her fists ready to go.

The Star Scoop:

What do you do to relax?

Perry:

I love shopping, like vintage shopping. Not just going to a store, picking up clothes with labels or whatever. I love hunting, going to estate sales, and going to thrift stores, look for antiques. My mom used to be an antique dealer in her younger years, and I’m thinking maybe I got that obsession as well. I like to blog as well. I did a little bit of blogging as of lately. Surfing the World Wide Web.

The Star Scoop:

Do you read all the gossip sites as well? Are you as addicted as the rest of the world?

Perry:

As the rest of the world? Unfortunately, yes [laughs]. I mean, I do more of a scanning thing these days because I just can’t intake all the bullshit. But I go to Perez, DListed. A lot of my friends blog. Fashion blogs, pop culture blogs. I like to laugh a lot. I like to have fun. My life is kind of a joke. I guess that’s probably not the best thing to say, my life is a joke, but my life is really a lot about humor and making people laugh. It always makes every situation better, even if it’s a bad one.

The Star Scoop:

What would you like to tell your fans?

Perry:

I’m really excited that I have fans now. It’s a cute, exciting thing. I don’t know, I consider my fans somewhat my friends, my peers, you know? Because I’m a fan of music, and a fan of a lot of artists, and still get nervous when I go and meet them or whatever. I can’t believe I’m meeting them…every time I meet John Mayer; I’ve met him a few times, I get really nervous. I don’t know. I was really nervous when I saw Little Richard walk right by me, and I was like, Oh my God, that’s Little Richard. It’s like, when you go to the Coffee Bean or Starbucks, you run into Pam Anderson, you know, just random people. There’s Perez blogging in his little corner at Coffee Bean, and you’re like, What’s up. It’s a weird thing. I just want [my fans] to enjoy the music and be entertained, and listen to the lyrics. And stick with me, because we’re gonna have some good times and some bad times. I’m a rollercoaster ride.

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