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Exclusive Interview: Ariana Grande’s First Visit To Japan Makes A Lasting Impression
2014年2月7日
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Whether you know her from her powerful voice booming out hit singles like "The Way" and "Baby I," or from her ditzy but sweet character Cat on Nickelodeon’s sitcom "Sam & Cat," it’s pretty hard to deny that Ariana Grande is destined to be a star.

So when Ariana came over to Japan for the first time to spend a week or so around New Year’s, we were ecstatic to be given the opportuity to have an exclusive interview with her. Despite her fame and youth, Ariana in person turned out to be a down-to-earth and friendly starlet who spoke candidly about her incredible success and all that entails. She also told us about her debut album "Yours Truly," how she had spent her first few days in Japan, and which career is her true love.


TVGroove: How are you enjoying your first visit to Japan?

Ariana Grande: I love it. I don’t wanna go home. I think it’s beautiful here. I’ve always wanted to come to Japan and now that I’m here, I don’t wanna leave.

TVG: What have you done so far?

Ariana: I got to go to Tokyo Disneyland, I got to go to a cat cafe. It’s really sweet. You just sit there and there are cats. I love cats so it was fun. And I did a lot of shopping. I love the fashion here and the clothing is all very petite. Nothing fits me at home so I was so excited. I bought everything. Everything.


TVG: Did you always want to be a singer?

Ariana: Yes, I grew up in a very musical household and I didn’t think there was another option. My family was always singing around the house and I just knew it was right for me. I can’t imagine myself doing something different. I’m very glad and grateful that I get to do it now, that I have the opportunity.

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TVG: So what about the future? You have a great acting career as well as your success as a singer.

Ariana: Music is what I really love to do. I love the character that I play on Nickelodeon, she holds a very special place in my heart, but music is what I’m most passionate about. I would love to do a little bit of acting here and there but music is what I love most.


TVG: Has anything changed in your life because of your success?

Ariana: Everything has changed a little. I’m more about the creative part than the whole "media-public-figure" part. I forget that almost anything I say can become headline. I have the sense of humor of a 14 year-old boy with a potty mouth who’s going through a rebellious phase and cursing in front of his parents and thinks he’s really cool when he’s not. So, a lot of the times, I can get into trouble with that.

There are a lot of eyes on me at the moment and I feel like everything I tweet is picked apart and everything I say is what sticks with people and then that’s what they think of me. It’s just very weird. I’m just not used to the fact that so many people are waiting for me to screw up. But I guess that comes with the territory and I’m willing to build a thicker skin and get used to it and focus on the work and not give too much attention to that area. As long as I get to make music, I’m happy with whatever comes with it.


TVG: Which song on your debut album "Yours Truly" is most memorable for you?

Ariana: I think the most special songs on the album to me are "Honeymoon Avenue" and "The Way." I mean every song holds a special place in my heart but the reason why "Honeymoon Avenue" is so special to me is because it was one of the first songs that I recorded, like three years before I finished the album, and it was also the last song that I cut the vocal for. We recorded it so early on in the process that by the time we were finished [with the album], between the ages of 17 and 20, my voice had changed. I had grown up and sounded different, my voice had matured, and my placement became deeper and more forward. I had to re-record it so it would sound consecutive with the rest of the album.

"The Way" is just magical to me because it was the first single, it was like the first taste of who I really am as a person, not as a television character to the rest of the world. That was a very exciting, big moment for me in my life.


TVG: What will be your next challenge?

Ariana: I’m really hard on myself so I want to start working on the next album. I have a session in a few days when I get back to the States. I’m always challenging myself to get better at performing and become more comfortable as a person on red carpets and interviews. Just in general, I’m learning a lot and I’m growing up a lot and I’m becoming more comfortable with my age and who I am as a person. So my challenge for 2014 is to push myself a little harder, musically and vocally I’d like to make an even better album than "Yours Truly."

©TVGroove.com



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