Interview conducted on 8 October 2010 at Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel.
Famed for his recent hits singles "Down" (feat Lil Wayne) and "Do You Remember" (feat Sean Paul & Lil Jon), British R&B singer-songwriter Jay Sean recently came down to Malaysia for a special performance at the 'Showdown Of Champions - A Night Of Aces' at Melawati Stadium, Shah Alam on 8 October 2010. Cinema Online quickly caught up with the 29-year-old singer, whose real name is Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, to talk about his upcoming album "Freeze Time", latest single "2012 (It Ain't The End Of The World)", his favourite movie, and what he'd like to do with Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra!
Jay Sean in Malaysia.
Q: Tell us about your upcoming fourth album "Freeze Time"?
A: Freeze Time is a pop, R&B album that has a nice mix of up tempo, fun songs, slow jams, sexy songs, and club songs - a real nice diverse mix of music.
Q: What's the reason behind the title?
A: Freeze time is how I choose to live my life now. I feel sometimes you just need to press pause on life. Enough running around like a headless chicken. Stop! Enjoy this moment. Where am I? I'm in Malaysia. Brilliant! Don't just let that go by, take it in and appreciate it. Sometimes, we get caught up in the rat race in life and we don't stop to enjoy the little things. I want to enjoy life.
Q: In your album, you've got a single called "2012 (It Ain't the End)". How did the song come about?
A: It's based on the theory that the world is about to come to an end in 2012. If you guys didn't know this, I'm sorry to break it to you (laughs). Anyway, I don't believe the theory but I did watch the film. It made me go, "Wow, what if that happened? I do not do enough of the things that I should be doing. I don't call my family enough to tell them I love them. I don't spend time with my friends, I don't go out to dinner because I'm so busy working." Sometimes you just need to stop and appreciate the small things. It's about celebrating life.
Favourite flick: "Get Him To The Greek"!
Q: So, what would be the last thing you'd want to do before the world comes to an end?
A: I'd write a song saying, "Sorry, I didn't know it was actually true". Put it on iTunes quickly! (laughs) Well, I'd celebrate with my family. What can you do? Be with family and friends, just laugh, cry, and loads of hugs.
Q: You've managed to rope in Bipasha Basu for your music video "Stolen" (2004) and now you've become close with Priyanka Chopra. Are there any intentions for her to be in your music videos?
A: Definitely. Whatever it is when it comes to Priyanka, I want to do something with her you know – work, work I mean (laughs). She's a dear friend and she's very talented. Whatever it is, we'll try to work something out.
Jay Sean jokes: "When it comes to Priyanka, I want to do something with her you know – work I mean."
Q: You've also visited her during the set of "Anjaana Anjaani". Have you watched the movie yet?
A: No, not yet! I haven't got a chance. She keeps winding me up about that. But I'll watch it.
Q: Favourite movie?
A: I'll take the last favourite one that I saw which was "Get Him To The Greek". That was absolutely hilarious, I love that.
Q: Any interest to venture into acting?
A: Yeah, it's going to happen. I'm going to do that soon enough.
Q: Message for your Malaysian fans?
A: Of course man, my love always goes out to them. There's no point in me if my fans aren't there. I wouldn't even exist! A massive thank you and love to my fans.
Cinema Online, 12 October 2010