After signing with Ellen DeGeneres' label, eleveneleven, and touring with Miranda Cosgrove and Cody Simpson, the 16-year-old follows up his debut album, Hold On 'Til the Night, with a more grown up, 70s funk-inspired record, due out in a couple of months. Cambio caught up with the "movie addict" last month at th Sundance Film Festival, where he rocked out at the ASCAP Music Café in Park City.
1: What's it like to live with your parents in Edmond, OK when you're not on tour?
GC: My siblings are in college, so it's empty nesting at my house. I got my license in August, and I just got a 1966 Ford Mustang. I collect a lot of vinyl--way too much at this point--a lot of books and old typewriters. My room's a mess! I don't really get homesick. The only thing I miss is my dog. I have a Lab. His name is Whiskey. He's too big, and I think he would freak out [on tour]. For the most part, it's easy to travel and do what you love. I started writing for this record at a writing camp in Bali with songwriters and artists and producers. I really love Bali--I can't stop talking about it.
2: What's the best gift a fan has given you?
GC: My new record is all about escaping through music and traveling to what I call Planet X, and Planet X to me is this whole fantasy world that I feel like I'm in when I listen to the record. And I got this lovely box that [a fan] painted and wrapped in these messages from Twitter and Facebook, and it's Planet X-themed and inspired. That's what's so amazing--[fans are] getting it, and they haven't even heard the tunes yet. It's just so amazing and incredible, and the time she put into it--I can't even imagine.
3: Any celeb crushes?
GC: I watch way too many movies. It's like music to me. There's greatness in every genre. St. Elmo's Fire [is my favorite]. Ally Sheedy is a celebrity crush, but back in the 80s. She is so hot in that movie! Oh, I love Emma Watson. Is Meryl Streep a weird choice? Julia Roberts when she was doing Mystic Pizza. I love Meryl, man.
4: Who's your dream collaborator?
GC: If I could ever do something with Prince, I would pee my pants and freak out. I met the President at the Easter event at the White House a couple of years ago and that was such a cool thing, but Prince--I would seriously tackle him. I don't think it'd be okay. I've thought about sneaking into house [to] see where he cooks. Oh my god!
5: Who's your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
GC: One of my favorite indie artists is James Blake. He does a lot of really cool stuff on Twitter and Tumblr and just a lot of interesting things. I love seeing what Gaga's up to. I love everything she does, so I'm up with her a lot. What happened is this crazy, bizarre thing and now it kind of turned into a friendship, so it's really, really great. I just think she's amazingly talented. I always try to catch her live. It's funny, just fantasy turns into a reality, and ooh I'm here making music! I just keep on looking forward.
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