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

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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.”

Pic­ture: GLEN MCCUR­TAYNE/COLEMAN-RAYNER

Cody Simp­son is re­leas­ing his third al­bum, Free.

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