Still riding high off the success of his vocal feature on Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up,” singer Aloe Blacc chatted with Billboard at Sundance 2015 about what’s coming up next, performing with Lady Antebellum, and his thoughts on social media and music streaming.
“We worked hard at it,” Blacc tells Billboard of the inescapable “Wake Me Up.” “Mike Einziger and Avicii and I were able to create something that I think touched the world in a great way.”
Blacc recently performed the song with Lady A during the the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party in Dallas. “That was really fun,” he recalls. “I was honored to be invited to perform with them at them at the CMT event. They’d been covering the song, ‘Wake Me Up,’ at the show and they invited me to sing it. It was great to get in front of their audience.”
The singer says he’s not worried about whether his next musical project will achieve the same hit status as “Wake Me Up.”
“What it comes down to is not focusing on whether it can be a hit, because there are so many factors that determine that,” he says. “I’ve had songs that are huge hits over in Europe, but we didn’t have the same infrastructure in the U.S. to make it work. As long as I’m happy with it and the musicians I’m working with are not rolling their eyes in the studio, then we’ve got something nice.”
Blacc also shared his thoughts on social media. “I do it because I want to be sure my fans know what I’m up to,” he says. “From a personal level, I’m not really communicating with family or friends — I do that in real life. I come from an old school generation where you actually go to a concert and dance, rather than living through your social media.”
He also expressed his feelings on the rise of music streaming. “Streaming is obviously the way we want to consume music,” he says. “My only issue with the way things are going right now is that the laws aren’t changing fast enough. I’ve been talking to people in the House of Representatives and Department of Justice about what it’s going to take to change the laws so they match the speed of technology changing.”