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Interviews |  06 Dec 2017 09:44 |  By RnMTeam

I feel privileged and humbled to be coming to India: Jason Derulo

MUMBAI: American singer, songwriter, dancer, Jason Derulo’s maiden trip to India has been made possible by TIMEOUT 72, a festival that will celebrate music over three days at Vagator, Goa and the singer is looking forward to making the best of it.

In an interview with Radioandmusic, Derulo talks about his plans for India, collaborations, and upcoming releases. Excerpts.

It's your maiden visit to India. What are your sentiments and expectations? 

Yes, this is my first time in India. Music is the soul of your country and I feel privileged and humbled to be coming to India. I feel very connected to India. India is known for its cultural diversity and I’m very excited to experiment with some Indian food and explore the art and architecture of the country. I have heard of Indian music and I’d love to see how I can collaborate with some Indian musicians in the future.

What should fans expect from your performance at TIMEOUT72?

I’m bringing the biggest party to TIMEOUT 72. I am going to be playing some of my biggest hits including Swalla, Talk Dirty, Whatcha Say, Wiggle, Get Ugly. I have my best dancers and musicians coming along with me so it’s going to be a grand theatrical show with a lot of energy.

Is there a possibility of you taking an influence back from India for a song? 

You never know because India is so magical and mystical. I can’t wait to get to India!

What are your travel and food plans in India?

Trying authentic India food because that’s one cuisine I have tried at so many places, but I want to come to India and taste it. I want to try the naan and curries. I am definitely going to explore the Goan city and its architecture as well.

You’ve been delivering one hit after another. There are also expectations to go a notch higher every time. How do you deal with it? 

I prefer not to worry about expectation and pressure; I just focus on my work and leave the rest to destiny. I think people should always own up their stuff. For me, making a better song than what I made last, and having fun while doing it, works. I don’t want to stress myself unless it’s necessary. Making a song is usually an emotional roller-coaster for me. So, I keep it simple and don’t worry about whether it will be a big hit or not.

How do you deal with the low points? 

I deal with low points like everyone else would; I take it with a pinch of salt. Sometimes I turn to music and I have a supportive family and extended fan community who are my pillar of strength.

What's next in the pipeline after your India performance?

I’m working on my album 777. I always try to create an album that's a bit of a rollercoaster ride so my listeners don't get bored because those are my favorite kinds of albums. But this album, I do dive in more emotionally and more vulnerably. The songs go deep into some of my breakups and some of my failed relationships. Why they may have happened or how they may have happened, or falling in love. It takes you on this roller coaster ride of who I am today. There's this song called Point of View. It's a ballad and I think it's one of the greatest songs I've ever written. I can't wait to release it. I'm putting out the music that I want to put out, instead of chasing anything. Just putting out songs that touch me, you know? Whether it's a party song that makes me want to party or a song that makes me fall in love.

TIMEOUT 72 tickets are available at Insider, Paytm and BookMyShow.