Trey Songz: MOBO Interview
With his 5th album in seven years about to hit the shelves, US heartthrob Trey Songz talks to MOBO.com about his love for London, especially Nando's. Also, the R&B start dives into some details about album number five entitled Chapter V.
1. Your new track Heart Attack is blowing up on the air waves right about now, is the song about anyone special?
Nah I think it’s more about different experiences I’ve had I’ve been love a couple of times and if really try and work towards making it work…it hurts. It’s about that feeling when you’re in love and you’re trying to make it work.
2. What was it like shooting for Kelly Rowland?
It was amazing, she did a great job. She’s always professional and knows what the treatment was about, we really had fun which I think you can tell.
3. Do the both of you plan on working together again anytime soon?
Well we haven’t worked on any music together but yeah! We plan to. We actually just shot for Ebony magazine that will be coming out very soon so check that out.
4. Your 5th studio album ‘Chapter 5’ is coming out soon, what can the fans expect to hear?
I think this album is very much a testament to my growth and sustainability in the game. It’s an album that captures all of what I have been through musically and what I’ve given. There will be records that have my signature sound and there will be other records that have given that new vibe people might not know me for.
5. What collaborations have got planned for this album?
Big Sean, J.Cole & T.I. plus a few other names that I won’t reveal just yet.
6. How different is this album to your previous album so far?
It’s very much different, I won’t give it away.
7. Do you still listen to your old albums and what’s your favourite track of them?
I haven’t listened to my old albums in a while the more I talk about how many albums I have I do want to go back listen to them but I get used to performing the songs so much I hear them all time. My favourite tracks I would ‘Can’t Be Friends’, ‘Got To Make It’, ‘Can’t Help But Wait’ and ‘Say Ahh’. I could name a few more (laughs).
8. How hard was it for you starting out in the music industry?
It’s harder than any other profession. It’s really about focusing and believing in yourself and getting past all the naysayers. I look at the beginning of my career in a lot of different ways like when I first decided to pursue music and at the time, I just graduated from high school and was sleeping on the couch. Other beginning for me was when I got my record deal and then it took two years for my album to come. It did ok, then the album after that did better the next did even better. So I still look at every step for me as a new beginning. I still feel like I’m just starting…
9. What advice would you give to any other young people looking to break into the industry?
Run! Run fast as hell (laughs). I would say if music is what you really love then go for it. If you’re chasing something else then don’t worry about it because you have to generally love what you do to be able to do this for a long period of time and I’ve only been doing it for a few years.
10. It was mother’s day in the states recently, we know you’re close to your mum…what did you get for her?
I actually forgot to give a gift I told her that the other day. We spent the whole day together, we spent the whole weekend together actually. As much as it’s about my mum it’s about my grandmother.
11. You have so many female fans that would love to be sat here where I am (but too bad I am) if you were to take me out on a date what we do?
If I was to take you out on a date hmmmm….what would we do? I think dates and things of that nature should be specially put together for that special woman I think it’s easy to say let’s go get dinner and a movie. It’s more about what you would like to do rather than what I would like to do. Especially where every woman is different. Fellas out there should really pay attention to a woman making sure you know what she likes before playing provider like you know.
12. What’s your favourite thing you like to do when you come to London?
My absolute favourite thing? Well considering I’ve been to Nando’s 5 or 6 times maybe that’s my favourite thing to do subconsciously. I love London I think I would be safe to say that my favourite thing to do is party and shop!
13. Have you seen any landmarks that you particularly like?
I’ve seen many but I don’t know what they are called …….. I like the big gold statue opposite the Royal Albert Hall.
14. What are your thoughts on our Black British music scene at the moment?
I think it’s definitely growing to become a more popular scene than it was when I first came to London. You have some legitimate super stars here now and I would love to see them cross over into American success but I’m very fond of a few of the artists here. I think Tinie Tempah is amazing he is like the closest thing to a rapper coming over here from the states and being successful at it because it’s hard to do it in America but his definitely the one to do it. Congratulations to Chip on signing to hustle gang with T.I. and to Estelle (they’re featured on track with Chris Brown called ‘International’). I’m a fan of the music scene here and would like to know more about it as I come back.
15. Is there anyone in particular you would like to work with?
I want do something with Jessie J and I want to do something with Tinie Tempah.
Interview by: Stella Naluwooza