HIS OWN GROOVE
Cody Simpson turned his back on a major record company and set up his own label so he could release his music on his own terms
Cody Simpson laughs when it is suggested he is going to have to widen his dating pool if he wants to avoid the scenario he sings about in his latest single, New Problems.
The 18-year-old singer, songwriter, aspiring shredder and surfer borrows inspiration from Jay-Z’s 99 Problems for the lyric “It’s a b---- when your ex-girl’s talking to your next girl”.
Since splitting with model Gigi Hadid, Simpson has been linked to every young IT Girl he is snapped with, most recently Selena Gomez.
Simpson says the young Hollywood clique of models, musicians, actors and associated fame hounds is “like a tiny high school”.
He is attempting to remove himself from that scene by shifting his base to the surf and artistic colony of Venice Beach.
His postcode and relationship status aren’t the only big changes in Simpson’s life. He parted ways with major American label Atlantic, who signed him five years ago after Simpson won thousands of fans for his YouTube clips.
The label were keen to reinvent him as a young R&B pop star.
A singer and songwriter whose natural sound was closer to the surf folk of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, Simpson has now set up his own label, Coast House, to release his long-awaited new record Free this Friday.
“I am 18 years old and you become a new person every month but Free has captured where I am and that’s a very liberating feeling.”
He may have parted ways with a major label but Simpson has some heavyweight support. American roots artists Donavon Frankenreiter and G. Love guest on the album and John Mayer has offered advice on his guitar practice.
Another champion is Miley Cyrus.
“I respect her so much because she doesn’t (care) except for the right stuff.”
Cody Simpson is releasing his third album, Free.