Def­i­nitely maybe

Bieber pro­tege Carly Rae Jepsen is blown away by her world­wide suc­cess, writes Kathy Mccabe

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - CALL ME MAYBE Out now ( Univer­sal)

Q: It must be crazy chas­ing the suc­cess of Call Me Maybe around the world. When you wrote it, what was your big­gest hope? A: Oh my good­ness, the song was writ­ten by my­self and my two good friends Josh Ram­say and Tavish Crowe and I think we all felt spe­cial about this song, but I can’t say any of us imag­ined this. I mean, how could you? It’s been quite the ad­ven­ture one lit­tle song has taken us on. Q: Call Me Maybe is out there, it’s do­ing its busi­ness in Canada and then some­thing else hap­pens. For those liv­ing un­der rocks, ex­plain the Justin Bieber ef­fect. A: It’s still kind of shock­ing to me. Ba­si­cally, the stars aligned in that Justin Bieber came home for Christ­mas at the same time that Call Me Maybe was re­leased to ra­dio and he heard the song and just started tweet­ing about it. I was re­ally glad he dug the song. Q: Cana­di­ans united? A: Yeah, it was a great feel­ing. Ev­ery week some­thing started to hap­pen, he would post a picture or a video. Even­tu­ally Scooter Braun, Justin’s man­ager, con­tacted my la­bel in Canada and re­alised I was signed there, but not in the rest of the world. He said: ‘‘ Let’s show this song to ev­ery­one’’. Q: What were you do­ing when you saw the fan video that Justin and Se­lena Gomez made? A: I was chill­ing at my home in Van­cou­ver, talk­ing to my mum on the phone and check­ing Face­book. Then on comes this video. I had seen a cou­ple of fan videos be­fore, so I was just watch­ing it for fun when half­way through, I thought: ‘‘ That guy looks a lot like Justin Bieber’’ and then: ‘‘ That girl looks like Se­lena Gomez’’. I had to sit down. I told Mum I had to go and I watched it a few more times be­fore I re­alised that some of the big­gest pop stars in the world had spent some time just jam­ming out to my song. It was re­ally ex­cit­ing and the ef­fect that it has had on my ca­reer and my life has been amaz­ing. It has com­pletely trans­formed the game for me. Q: And here you are No. 1 on the Aus­tralian sin­gles chart for the past five weeks. It must be mind- blow­ing to re­alise the power that video has now to cre­ate suc­cess. A: This whole ex­pe­ri­ence has re­ju­ve­nated that hope in me that this can be a bit of a fairy­tale life. I think you can al­ways bank on one thing to turn out for you. I am lucky enough that this twist hap­pened to me. The re­ally great thing about all of this is that it was led by the song’s fans, not just the fa­mous ones. See­ing that fans from coun­tries I haven’t even vis­ited are mak­ing their videos and that has sparked this on­line love is re­ally very en­cour­ag­ing.

At the end of the day, it’s not go­ing to work if it’s not a good song.

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