Looking slick in all black (including an awesome all black Dodgers cap), Cruz talked about his upcoming album named after the proper pronunciation of his name, Tyo, his stylish Rokstarr watches (coming out just in time for the holidays), traveling around the world, collaborations with top names in pop music and dance music, and showed us how one might get rid of a “Hangover.”
McCabe: Well, first off, you’re the first AMP artist to be in our Redbull SoundSpace, so that’s pretty exciting. Thank you Taio Cruz! Thanks for being here.
Taio Cruz: You’re more than welcome. Thank you for having me here as the first person.
M: Yeah, this is a step up from the last time you were here. We did the interview out on the grass…in the back.
T: I remember that. I’m pretty sure you had one of your vans plastered with Britney Spears and that was good to look at.
M: Yeah, we’re working on getting you on the van. That’s the goal…How’ve been? Last time you were here, we were talking about “Rokstarr” and everything since then–”Dynamite,” “Break Your Heart,”–what’s it been like since then?
[pullquote quote=" I've got to travel to Asia, travel to Australia. I've done shows in places like Malaysia and Budapest. Just places that you hear in James Bond movies but you never actually get to go to." credit="Taio Cruz"]T: I mean, it’s been amazing. The album has done exceptionally well. Both of those singles obviously did incredibly well. And, as I said last time, but I suppose I mean it even more so now, there’s just been so much welcoming, so much love from the public out here that it just feels great.
M: So, how have things changed for you since that album came out?
T: I’ve been working a lot more. I’ve been traveling a hell of a lot more. Or heck of a lot more?
M: Hell of a lot more. It’s cool, it’s cool.
T: And it’s been great. I’ve been to see so many countries for the first time ever. I’ve got to travel to Asia, travel to Australia. I’ve done shows in places like Malaysia and Budapest. Just places that you hear in James Bond movies but you never actually get to go to. So, it’s been really really good fun.
M: What’s the fan base like when you do go to countries like that?
T: They’ve been so amazing. They all lose their minds, especially when “Dynamite” comes on or “Break Your Heart.” They love “Higher” as well–it’s one of their favorites.
M: That’s one of my favorites.
T: Thank you…And, yeah, the energy is definitely great. I always come out with a lot of positive vibes and they get that way back.
M: Was there one country that you’d never been to, you were just kind of blown away by the people and culture?
[pullquote quote="Unfortunately, I never really get to experience the culture that much because I'm usually in and then I'm gone, like straight away. So I get to see an airport, a motorway, a hotel." credit="Taio Cruz"]T: Unfortunately, I never really get to experience the culture that much because I’m usually in and then I’m gone, like straight away. So I get to see an airport, a motorway, a hotel.
M: That’s not cool, man. You need some time off. You need to head to the beaches and the bars.
T: Exactly, test out the food and stuff. You know what, I was in Brazil because of the Rio movie. I did the theme song for that. I actually was in Brazil for almost a week so I actually got to go check out some food and see the sights which was really good fun.
M: I’m sure the sights in Rio are amazing.
T: They’re amazing. A lot of beautiful women. I know that’s what you meant.
M: I meant the mountains and the landscape, of course.