'The Voice USA' star Dia cries before writing songs

2 November 2012 / 3 years 12 months ago

Source: The NationNot a lot of talent-show stars manage to make it big in the music business and earn respect as artists once they leave the TV set. American pop singer-songwriter Dia Frampton from Season 1 of the US edition of "The Voice" is among the few who have risen above the rest. She's earned global recognition with her hits "Don't Kick the Chair" and "Walk Away" from her debut CD, "The Broken One".The Utah-born Eurasian songstress graced Bangkok last Saturday in a little showcase at Central Anniversary Flower Extravaganza at Central Chidlom, in front of eagerly waiting fans. We managed to have a little chat with her before the show. Have you been to Thailand before? I think I've been to Thailand before! I went off to an island, but I totally forget the name. This is really my first time exploring the city and seeing everything. It's been incredible - we went by the Grand Palace today and we went on a boat on the Chao Phraya. It's really cool. We went to a little market by there, too. The city is just gorgeous.You have must already tried Thai food. I really love pad thai, which I think is really normal. And at the market today I had these little pink water chestnuts in coconut milk, with ice. It was really good.What's the plan for the next album?I've actually just been in the studio recording in Los Angeles. I've written about six new songs. I'm very crazy about music - I've written six, and when three days pass I'll be like, "No, these aren't good enough anymore." With songs, I really like to simmer on them. The thing that's most important to me in music is that it has to be timeless. It's something you can listen to now and in three or five years, and still love it. That's why when I write a new song I like to put it aside and listen to it again later and see if I still like it, if it still makes me feel something. Where do you get your inspiration?A lot of it comes from relationships. That's normal. Part of it comes from childhood, and travel also really helps. There are also books and movies. Sometimes when I watch movies I cry and then I'll write something down. And sometimes it's from other people's conversations, too. I might hear people talk on a plane, and that could turn into something. Why did you decide to sign up for "The Voice"?The reason why I didn't audition for "American Idol" or "X Factor" is because the reality show is really not my way. I've been doing music since I was nine, been playing shows every day when I was 18 and 19. There was point in my life that I played 250 shows a year just to get somewhere. I didn't want to take that TV way - I wanted to work for it. When "The Voice" came out I was 24, working in a cupcake shop in New York. And I didn't know what to do. After 10 years of trying and failing, I thought to myself, "What do I have to lose?"We've heard that you really like punk rock and emo music, but you're a pop singer. What happened? It's been interesting. I think when I was younger I liked music that other people liked because it was cool. I didn't like what I really liked. Even when I'm alone in my car and I can listen to whatever I want, I still listen to screamo and all that. I used to even have a fake nose piercing and I dyed my hair blonde. But that's not really me. I'm just this stupid girl who likes to eat cupcakes all the time and watch romantic comedy movies. Now I really focus on lyrics a lot and I like pop music a lot. Do you watch "The Voice"? I've been watching "The Voice" here and there, because I've been in the studio so much. I even watch online, and I've watched the versions in Thailand and Korea. It's really cool to see that it came out here, too. Do you understand Korean?A little bit. My mum's from Seoul, and I'm starting to learn Korean because my mum speaks it. It's so cool that many people here speak Korean and English and other languages. I feel like a loser that I can only speak one language. Are you still in touch with your vocal coach, Blake Shelton?Yes. He's been very supportive in a way that I feel comfortable. If I need his help with something I wouldn't hesitate to call. Being in the music world there's a lot of stress and criticism and sometimes people on YouTube would post something like, "I hate you". Blake takes everything in life with such a great sense of humour, and that has taught me a lot. 

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