DEC 22. UPDATE: UNIQUE “FROM BROOKLYN TO YOU” TRAILER VIDEO ADDED Hello Chasters! Remember being surprised by a sample of a new song featuring Charice made available on Youtube? The wait is over! “Wherever You Are” by Unique featuring Charice is now available!
As of this writing, the song is only available on iTunes Japan. You may, however, buy Unique’s CD “From Brooklyn To You” which contains the song from HMV Japan. HMV Japan delivers to most countries in the world.
HMV sat down with the two to talk about their collaboration.
Please introduce yourselves.
Unique: What’s up! I’m Unique.
Charice: I’m Charice!
Unique: We are both in Los Angeles now and I’m so excited because I just collaborated with Charice on a song and we just finished recording it right now. I would like all of you to listen to it – it’s called “Wherever You Are”. It’s dope!
Charice：Yup, it’s dope! (laughs)
Tell us about your first impression of each other.
Charice: He’s a wonderful person. I’ve met him once before but we never had the chance to work together so it’s really great that we were able to collaborate now. It’s important to me to work with people who are able to say that they are good. I don’t think I want to work with people who think that they aren’t good. That’s the important thing for me.
Unique: She’s a really cool girl and talented too. She has a mature, wonderful voice. I think we were able to create a very good song.
How long have you known each other?
Unique: This is the second day I’ve really known her (laughs). Charice and I met a year ago. I saw her rehearse for Oprah’s show before. Her voice was wonderful then, and now, one year later, we are working together in the studio so I’m really happy. We met one year ago, and now we are here working together.
Charice is also Asian, have you been to Asia before Unique?
Unique: I haven’t been yet. I am looking forward to learning about Asian culture and meeting different kinds of people. I am also curious about (Asian) fashion, and I want to try different kinds of food too.
You are singing a song produced by Jeff Miyahara, a Japanese producer. What did you think when you first heard the song?
Unique: I am really honored that someone like me from Brooklyn was able to work with Japan’s number one producer. Of course Charice is also wonderful. It’s a great track, has wonderful lyrics and with both of our voices mixed with these – I think we were able to create a powerful song.
Charice: When I first heard it I thought that the lyrics, as well as the melody and the beat were powerful. Jeff is a great guy, and interesting as well. It was easy to work with him, so it was good.
Who wrote the song?
Unique: Claude Kelly and I wrote it. I want to create timeless songs that people of all ages can relate to. It’s a song that, when you close your eyes, makes you feel close to a person you want to be with even though you aren’t together all the time.
Tell us more about Claude Kelly.
Unique: Claude’s like a brother to me, we’ve been working together for a long time. He’s written songs for Britney (Spears) and (Cristina) Aquilera. He’s been successful worldwide so I’m really happy.
What’s your impression of the Japanese music scene?
Unique: Honestly speaking, I would like to know more about many things. I know I want to go to Japan as soon as I can.
Charice, you know a lot (about Japan) right?
Charice: I covered Ayaka’s “Crescent Moon”. It’s included in my album.
Do you like Japanese music?
Charice: Yes, I do. J-Pop right?
Unique: I don’t really know much about the Japanese music scene but I do know that my song was number 4 in Japan’s iTunes so I am part of the Japanese music scene, right?! (laughs)
What inspired you to become a singer?
Unique: That’s hard. I grew up creating music. Even before I started talking, I was already humming (songs). I am inspired by my experiences in life. I convey in songs what I can’t say in words. I am inspired everyday.
Charice: I was inspired by my Mom who was singing in a band when I was little. I asked her to teach me how to sing.
Unique: Your mom must be great…
Charice: She’s really good. She recorded a song in the Philippines.
Unique: Wow! That’s exciting.
Brooklyn has produced a lot of hip hop artists – which rappers do you want to collaborate with?
Unique: Yes, Brooklyn is famous for turning out a lot of rappers. I want to collaborate with Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Fabolous and others. I don’t think there are a lot of collaborations between artists from the same place like Brooklyn, especially R&B artists.
As a singer, is there anything you want to try out in the future?
Charice: People think I’m a simple person but I want to be in movies. I would like to try being in a movie like “Grease”. That kind of movie would be perfect.
Please give a message to your fans in Japan.
Unique: Hello Japan! Thank you for the support. I hope you will like my new album. Thank you for listening to us – I hope you will be able to listen to our song soon.
Charice: Arigato gozaimashita! It’s Charice. Thank you for the support – I hope you can listen to our song soon!
Both: Peace out! Love you!
Playlist: (1) Wherever You Are featuring Charice, (2) Behind the Scenes, (3) UNIQUE “FROM BROOKLYN TO YOU” TRAILER
Please use left- and right-point arrows to select video in the playlist.
Translated by Mooffin, charicemania.com