“Furious 7”, the latest instalment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, has been a box office hit and the movie has land on first place at the weekend box office for four weeks in a row – this means it’s officially bigger than “Frozen” now.
Not only has the movie become a huge hit, even the original soundtrack “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth is enjoying a successful run. The song has topped the iTunes all-genre single sales chart. It also topped Billboard Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks, knocking Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” off the top spot after 14 weeks at number one.
According to Billboard, the song has sold over 1 million copies in the United States.
Last week, TheHive.Asia had the chance to interview the young and talented Charlie Puth, who is also one of the writers and producers of the song “See You Again”.
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter shares his journey behind the successful hit as well as his latest project.
Hi, Charlie, the song “See You Again” is a huge success here and received a lot of positive feedback. Can you tell us the journey behind the song and was it meant to be written for “Furious 7”?
Yes. The music company approached me to write something. They approached a lot of songwriters. During the submission, I wrote something called “See You Again”, obviously. I wrote it in ten minutes, which is very unusual, and then the song echoes through my mind. It sounds very special when I was writing it for Paul, honouring his legacy. That’s pretty much how it started.
Did you have Paul in your mind when you were writing it?
Yes. I did have Paul in my mind. When I came up with the line “And I tell you all about it when I see you again…”, I was thinking of my friend who passed away a couple of years before, in a very similar way to Paul and I realised that the song was also for myself, like how I feel about my friend. It’s a song that pretty much provides closure to all the Paul Walker’s fans to have a song to remember him by.
|The original single cover photo of “See You Again”.|
How do you feel about this song being successful even though you only spent ten minutes to write it?
I feel really great about it, it’s just amazing. I think one year ago, none of this would have happened to me, and now when you fast forward one year later, it’s amazing what hard work can do.
How did the collaboration with Wiz Khalifa happen?
It happened when I was writing the chorus for “See You Again” and I also produced the song too. I published it and sent it to Wiz; Wiz read it and loved it. He wrote a few verses on it which perfectly tie up the message about Paul Walker. It’s a really beautiful rap and a brilliant pre-chorus. He’s a really talented guy. I never recorded in the same studio with him, but we sent files back and forth. I actually got to meet him for the first time at Jimmy Fallon show. He’s just an amazing and a really talented guy.
So, have you met any of the “Fast and Furious” guys? Can you tell me how they’re like? And did they give any sort of feedback for your song?
Yeah, the first person who I got feedback from “See You Again” is …. You know what let me tell you the story this way. I got a text message one time on my phone, and it says “Hey brother, I’m really excited about ‘See You Again’. I’ve been singing it in interviews and I really can’t wait to see you at the premier.” Then, below it says “Sign: Dom”, and I was thinking to myself, “Who’s Dom?” While my thought played itself, then I thought “Wait a second, Dom is the name of the main character in ‘Fast and Furious’, there’s Paul and I just did a song for ‘Fast and Furious’, so I think Vin Diesel just texted me!” So I texted him back, “Is this Vin? Is this Mr. Vin Diesel?” Then he replied, “Yeah, bro! Loved the song it made me cry.” Then I was like, “Oh my god, Vin Diesel just texted me!” I also got to meet Tyrese when I performed on REVOLT TV in Los Angeles with Wiz. There was only two so far, I know everyone is really busy but I hope I get to meet all the cast one day.
When you see other people doing covers of “See You Again” especially like Vin Diesel at the MTV Movie Awards, how do you feel about that?
I could cry, because thinking about my friend who passed away and also thinking about Paul Walker, like how devastated all of his fans were around the world when he passed away, knowing that the whole world is singing along, meant a lot to me. Even right now I get a little choked up. It’s amazing where fifty thousand people were singing along to it at the concert. Everyone’s around the world is joining in the song. Because “See You Again” is not just about death, it can be about a friend that you haven’t seen in a long time like a boyfriend or girlfriend that you want to reunite with, like “I want to tell you everything that I have been doing when I see you again.”
Can you tell us about your previous single with Meghan Trainor, what’s the direction of the music that you follow?
Obviously, I want to make a song that was soulful. I want the song to make people that listen to it fall in love with each other, which is why if you see the music video of “Marvin Gaye”, everyone falls in love with each other at the prom and they start to make out with each other, even I kind of kissed Meghan at the end of the video. I want to make songs that people can listen to and forever fall in love. As far as my other music that follows “Marvin Gaye”, it’s going to be soulful but not every song is going to have a throwback vibe to it like “Marvin Gaye”. But it’s definitely going to be soulful with catchy melody and lyrics.
|Charlie Puth is a huge fan of Marvin Gaye and Motown records.|
Will there be any collaboration with other artistes in your latest EP?
|Charlie Puth gained his fame through YouTube and was discovered by Ellen DeGeneres in 2011.|