Charlie Puth stopped to chat with with Billboard’s Keith Caulfield on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 10), discussing his Grammy nominations, the fact that he has inspired his fans to take up music, and what the “next chapter” of music for him will be.
Puth, who is nominated for a handful of Grammy awards including Best Engineered Album for his record Voicenotes, is asked how it feels to be nominated for such a unique category. “I think it’s unusual and cool,” he replies. “I think David Bowie and Prince had this nomination last. Good pool to be in with.”
“Berklee College of Music sure is happy,” he adds. “And I’m super happy and thrilled. I’m very humbled that they would acknowledge how the record was mixed. I spent a lot of time on it.”
Caulfield then brings up the fact that he saw a fan of Puth’s recently decided to learn to play the piano because of the singer. Asked how it feels to know that he has that kind of influence on his listeners, Puth responds, “I never thought that there would be a day and age where I’d be interacting with millions of people at a time…I’m a terrible piano teacher. Don’t ask me for lessons! But I’m happy that they’re playing.”
Finally, Puth is asked about a recent tweet of his, which declared this will be another “chapter” for him. Asked what that means, Puth replies, “I was told so long to not do my own thing and I have to make my music sound this way. I have to wear my freaking hair a certain way.”
“I’m just finally, after three years of following other people’s orders, doing what I wanna do,” he continues. “And Voicenotes was the beginning of me kind of rebelling, I guess, against that…this music is going to feel very, very 100 percent me.”
You can watch the full video interview with Charlie Puth above.