Ahead of him performing at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam tonight, Charlie Puth sat down with us to discuss about his passion for music and career goals.
He might be a multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, but if there’s anything I got from our interview (given how comfy he looked in that loose black Balenciaga hoodie on a rainy Wednesday morning) it’s that Charlie Puth is just like any other down-to-earth 27 year-old I know. He was chill, easy-going and even funny at times but there was no denying how worn out he looked, which is understandable since he just arrived into KL at 2am early this morning after performing in Singapore last night and he’s now doing press interviews instead of catching up on some sleep before the concert tonight.
This New Jersey native might have caught my attention when his hit song See You Again had me bawling my eyes out during the ending scene of Furious 7 back in 2015, but it was this particular second studio album, ‘Voicenotes’, that had me hooked. There were 13 tracks on it and there was not one I didn’t love. Turns out, I wasn’t alone.
Billboard dubbed the album a “sophomore triumph”, Rolling Stone noted that it was a “step in the right direction” and the New York Times called it a “confident and impressive pop album with ironclad melodies and frisky takes on 1980’s funk and 1990’s soul.”
It’s obvious Charlie Puth is here to stay and he’s working hard to prove that he’s more than just an overnight success.
FEMALE: What are you most looking forward to tonight?
Charlie: “I’ve never been here before. So I’m just excited to meet the fans, to see what kind of audience they are. This should be a nice experience.”
F: How long will you be in Malaysia for?
C: “I believe a couple more hours? Once I do the show tonight I’m off (to Jakarta). It’s like jet-packing.”
F: What has been the best part about this ‘Voicenotes’ tour so far?
C: “I like touring in general because I like the monotony of doing the shows and just getting into the groove. It’s the off days I can’t stand.”