The last time Bieber was at the AMP Radio studios in Los Angeles, he drove up in the matte black Cadillac expertly outfitted to look like it came straight off the pages of a comic book.
Not missing a beat, Jepsen’s interviewer, Casey McCabe, jested “I think a lot of girls want to take a ride in the backseat of that thing.”
Jepsen giggled and replied, “I didn’t mean it that way.”
A finalist on the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007, Jepsen was an up-and-coming musical sweetheart in her home country before Bieber, a fellow Canadian, and his manager Scooter Braun swept up the singer.
In the ultimate celebration of the release of her EP, Curiosity, on Valentine’s Day of 2012, Jepsen was signed to Bieber and Braun’s label, Schoolboy Records, a subsidiary of Interscope.
(Carly Rae Jepsen Performs Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”)
Jepsen confessed that she was “floored” by Bieber’s professionalism, despite his youth.
“I arrived and actually all of my expectations were exceeded when it kind of came to him and Scooter,” Jepsen elaborated, calling Bieber “humble.” “Justin is so talented. It’s not even fair. A person shouldn’t be that talented that young.”
Joking that she was considering getting Bieber a fake ID for his recent 18th birthday (the legal drinking age in Canada is 19), Jepsen reiterated that Bieber’s age is merely a number when it comes to the scope of his talent.
“It’s not even a matter of age. It’s just a matter of he is extremely talented and inspirational and that’s the main thing about him. You kind of like look at his story and are just like, ‘Wow. It all happened. It all worked out.’”
By “discovering” Jepsen after hearing “Call Me Maybe” on the radio during a Christmas trip back home, Bieber passed on some of his extraordinary luck to the singer-songwriter.
“I was on tour for about three weeks when the whole discussion began happening, so I was kind of on the road and I’d get little updates from 604 (Jepsen’s Canadian label) and stuff,” said Jepsen. “Apparently, Justin had just been home for Christmas and had heard ‘Call Me Maybe’ on the radio and had investigated and apparently him and Scooter called up my label in Canada and were like, ‘Do you want us to help you spread this music?’ And I was like, ‘I guess so. Why not?’”
(Carly Rae Jepsen Performs “Curiosity”)
Confirming rumors that she might be collaborating with her new 18-year-old “boss,” Jepsen talked about how “terrifying” the whole experience was.
” It was so scary,” elucidated Jepsen. “Imagine it was your first time meeting Justin Bieber and they’re like, ‘Hey. Do you wanna hear some songs?’ I was like, ‘I’d love to hear some songs.’ And then third song in, he’s like, ‘Do you wanna sing on this one?’ I was like, ‘Yes. OK. Sure.’ And then we recorded it that night.’”
Collaborating is not a foreign concept to the pretty petite “foreigner” who first “took to the stage” at 7-years-old when her parents encouraged her to be in a talent show. She also credited the usage of music as a family “bonding thing and her father’s bedtime serenading with James Taylor covers.
“I have friends that I write with,” elaborated Jepsen. “I write on my own a lot, but I think having other cooks in the kitchen can be really awesome as well.”
Other human beings are more than just creative collaborates for Jepsen, they’re also her muses–especially on the topic of love as reflected in her song “Call Me Maybe.”
“I generally am like, ‘So tell me your story? Are you in love? Are you single?’ I always find that you learn a lot about a person that way and it’s like an endless pool of inspiration once you go down that road,” confided the singer-songwriter. “I think it’s more of a fascination with love in general.”
Although Jepsen said that she likes to “write down” choice relationships quotes when her girlfriends are “kind of lamenting about some guy,” she admitted that the “most effective” songs are the ones where she’s “kind of giving you a little bit of a journal entry.”
“Call Me Maybe,” however, is more like a fantasy song for the singer. Jepsen admitted that she’s never actually asked a guy for his number and that, after the popularity of her song, doing so would be “really cheesy.”
“I like the idea of basically being brave enough to approach a guy and say, ‘There’s something here. We should maybe check it out.’ I’ve never done it though,” professed Jepsen. “The furthest I’ve got with it, this is my brave move, I’ve looked at a guy longer than is appropriate and kind of played eyes with him. Come hither. It didn’t work. I don’t think I was very obvious about it. But I would love to be able to just go up to a guy and be like, ‘Hey. Here’s my number.’”
(Carly Rae Jepsen Performs “Call Me Maybe”)
It could happen for Jepsen, who seemed fine with just living in the moment, more concerned with her plans for the night than her radio tour, playing in Texas, and releasing her EP worldwide.
When asked what the next step would be, the singer said:
“Who knows? At this point, the plan is that I’m going to Justin Bieber’s birthday party tonight. And not only that, but it’s my first LA party. Kind of nervous. But really excited.”
–Nadia Noir, AMP Radio 97.1