I actually got to meet Jason DeRulo after the concert last week– we talked ethics for a hot sec.
Do you think your goal as an artist is to be the most profitable tour or to express yourself and bring the most joy to your fans?
I think they really go hand in hand, and that’s why being on tour is so fun. Yes, it’s really tiring, but I make the venues get me Red Bull so I don’t really have to worry about the exhaustion. The tour is most profitable if you give it your all every night and drive your energy through the crowd. We do shows at smaller venues like Bucknell because we love performing for the people that actually listen to our music; its fun for both parties. The tour is most profitable when everyone works the hardest, and that includes me. If I suck, it really doesn’t matter how good the stage setup is.
We often discuss the idea of the importance of a sociological imagination– that is, being able to balance your personal goals and talents with overarching changes in social values. How does this relate to your goals and future as a musician?
Yea man, it’s important to understand how the music industry and how people listen to music changes as you release each record. It used to be that you did a tour so people would buy your album, now you release an album to promote your tour. Its really all about the tour, and that’s why it’s so important that everything goes right when we play a venue– sound, choreography, stage setup, even load out. The tour manager’s role is equally important as mine– he manages everything that goes on.
How does the concept of Utilitarianism apply to your tour? Do you feel that College Concerts are harmful because they encourage underage drinking?
We want to make sure the most amount of people are happy and healthy as a result of our tour. Our tour manager, Henry, makes sure no one gets hurt in our shows…I mean, we have a very fun energetic show with a lot of dancing and lights, and it gets pretty crazy. There’s risk involved in every show, but overall, we are just trying to make everyone happy through our music. I understand that going to a concert, especially on a college campus, may encourage people to get fucked up, but there are so many parties involved in the process so that if underage drinking occurs, it happens in a safe manner. The security we hire makes sure no one brings any more alcohol in, and we have student volunteers and other security members doing crowd control. The concert at Bucknell went very well and we only had one incident, which got taken care of. Basically, what I’m saying is that its usually under control and as long as you surround yourself with responsible people, you reduce your risk greatly.
Who is your favorite member of the Bucknell Concert Committee?
That Thomas Brown kid was chill.