I think more Asian Americans watch You Tube because it is pretty much the only place where they can watch Asian Americans.
It’s tough, and I’ve talked about this in a lot of these interviews when they talk about the Asian-American thing is that — well, it’s funny; I don’t even think there is even an Asian on “Glee” anymore this season, but when Harry Shum was on “Glee,” nobody knew his name.
People do it, and that’s great so they can pay the bills and stuff, but I personally don’t want to do that. But, the other day — I was told to do this — if my snake is not eating frozen or thawed, then freshly kill it, so it’s still warm.
I want to make my money on my own, and I think that is a huge part of Maker. So I was looking at ways of how to do this online, and basically I have to get my best friend Dusty to smash it with, smash the head with — not smash the head, like knock it out really hard with the bottom of a really heavy cup. Like the guy is feeding the snake, and he’s like, “Hold on,” and he goes [mimes neck-breaking] with his own hand. ” And it was just dead, and we put it in the thing, and he ate it because he thought it was still alive. When I released “Red Roses,” my distribution company — first of all, we got “Red Roses” into Target and Best Buy without having a label.
TV doesn’t play music anymore, but you know what I mean.
But definitely I also think success has to do with the way like my lifestyle that I’m living — I still live here, this is my mom’s house.
I live with my mom and my little sister Justine, but I still think that my mom being proud of me is success.
I don’t want to get a huge advance from a company and have to pay them back with hard work and I don’t even get to own my songs at the end of the day. I recently just signed with Maker Studios for You Tube network, and I’m not controlled creatively in any way at all, but I think companies like that are helping us out so we don’t have to conform to the big record label thing, you know?
My dad passed away when I was 10, and he was a musician not making a lot of money for the family.
He was telling my mom that he didn’t want us to be musicians because of the struggle that he was having, but the fact that You Tube and the Internet and partnership and things like that, revenue-sharing and things like that, we can make music a career, and the fact that that is possible and that I can carry on my dad’s legacy to having a stable career is success to me.
And of course having my whole family and just being happy I think.
I truly — even when I first put together my band and things like this, we were all getting excited. We’re going to be huge, we are going to play for stadiums and stuff,” but really that stuff doesn’t matter to me anymore. I think we are doing more good than we think we are by showing ourselves on You Tube and things like that.