When Latimore stopped by PopCrush, he sat down with us and opened up about hitting the studio with Justin Bieber and much more. Check out the interview below
Int: Speaking of the music video, we saw on your Facebook the other day that Justin Bieber surprised you while filming.
Jacob Latimore: He did. Yeah, he did stop by. It was crazy. I texted him, and then he didn’t text me back, and I was like, “Ah, it’s getting late, he’s not coming,” and then I guess a few people on my team were like [whispers], “Don’t tell him, don’t tell him.” And he just arrived. It was crazy. He watched me doing my thing. It was dope.
Int: That’s awesome. So were you really surprised to see him?
Jacob Latimore: Of course! Yeah, I saw him the night before at the studio, we were just chillin’, and I played the record for him. He was like, “It better be dope. If it’s not dope, I’m gonna tell you.” And I’m like, “Aw, no!” I was worried about it, because if he didn’t like the song, I’m gonna be depressed at the video shoot tomorrow. I’m gonna be like, “[Sigh] Bieber don’t like the song.” He ended up liking it, came to the shoot, showed love, so it was cool.
Int: Did he give you any advice?
Jacob Latimore: He encouraged me to write more music. I’ve been getting into that right now and just getting really into my own music and writing and stuff like that. He was giving me good advice on how to start writing, just start writing it down, and just write what you feel.
Int: You’ve talked about wanting to collaborate with him before. Did you work on any songs together in the studio?
Jacob Latimore: Nah, well, he played a few records for me to see what I liked. I kind of told him what direction I was going… We gonna work soon, we gonna work soon. It’s just a matter of time.
DETAILS: As a 25-year-old newbie manager, you discovered a 12-year-old Justin Bieber on YouTube, persuaded him and his mom to move to Atlanta, and, despite constant rejection, got him a record deal. What role has chutzpah played in your career?
Scooter Braun: It’s funny—since I was a kid, I’ve been convinced I was going to die at 32. So I believed I needed to achieve as much as I possibly could while I’m young. And I had my 33rd birthday last week—I made it! The week before, I’d told friends, “Get doctors on call.”
DETAILS: Were you a well-behaved kid?
Scooter Braun: I did a lot wrong. A lot. I was arrested for speeding and fighting… . [Laughs] My father used to call Justin “my revenge on you,” because I was such a difficult kid.
DETAILS: How has your relationship with Bieber changed over the years?
Scooter Braun: I go through the same experiences as someone raising a child, just with heightened sensitivities, because when he does something dumb, it’s front-page news. When you’re young, you idolize the older man in your life and do anything he says. As you get older, you want to be more independent. You’ve got to let them make the mistakes, then be there to help them when they fall.
DETAILS: Of course. But one of the mistakes he makes could be fatal. How do you balance that risk?
Scooter Braun: If I was the parent, I’d have been there for the first 13 years. I’m picking up the pieces. He’s 20. Ariana Grande, who I also manage, is 21. When they make a mistake, I have to literally look them in the eye and say, “It doesn’t matter that you pushed me away, I’m here to help you now.” I said this to two of my artists the other day, as a joke: “Maybe it’s time for me to have my own kids and stop raising other people’s poorly.”
Hannah: You’re Justin Bieber’s guitarist and that’s really big! How did you really end up with that?
Dan: Thanks, it’s really exciting. A lot of it was luck but, I’ve been musical directing and playing guitar for pop artists for a long time. In Canada for a long time I was helping kids just like we do on the Next Star, becoming better performers, writing setlists, learning how to sing properly and so at the time Justin needed somebody and fortunately I was recommended to him and that was about five years ago.
Hannah: Now you’re probably the best of buddies
Dan: Yes, he is like my little brother – that’s for sure.
Hannah: Little brothers do pranks and I know that you guys play pranks on each other quite a bit. I really like a good prank, so Justin once went on your twitter account and posted that you were going out of the band. Did you ever get revenge? Because, you did promise that you would.
Dan: Yeah, Justin is quite the prankster. He broke into Twitter and announced that I had quit and he’ll never forgive me for what I did and five minutes after that happened TMZ called his manager asking for the exclusive scoop on what I did to quit, which is hilarious. But, I haven’t really got him back one-on-one. We’ve done a couple pranks on him, we have a song called ‘One Less Lonely Girl’ where Justin brings up a girl on stage and he gives her flowers and on the last tour he gave her a crown and she’s his queen and so one show we found our most overweight, sweatiest crew guy and brought him out on stage and he sat in the chair and Justin had to give him flowers and serenade him and he wasn’t very happy. (laughs)
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