HAI MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WITH TAYLOR SWIFT IN INDONESIA
I am currently working hard to finish my new album as fast as I can. I cannot reveal any details yet. What is clear is that this will be the favorite thing I have done in my whole life, more than the previous ones. Perhaps, between October and November would be the right time to release it.
MULTI-TAY-LENTED! Taylor Swift Interview Translation
Taylor Swift recently performed in Indonesia as part of the Red Tour. While in Asia, the local press interviewed her. One of those interviews was published in a popular periodical that targets Indonesian and Malaysian teenage readers. Below please find an English translation of this interview.
I think it is important to show support for the publisher. For 99 cents, you can buy the Digital version of the original article here. While the original digital version will not be in English, it should include the photos that were in the original article. By buying the online version, you will give the magazine some income from an English speaking worldwide audience, which otherwise they would never have access to. The edition to buy is number 24, linked here.
These kinds of foreign language interviews are tricky. Consider the sequence. First someone writes down a question in a foreign language. Then someone translates that to English, or alternately translates for Taylor on the spot. Either way, we have no way to know if the question Taylor is being asked preserves the exact meaning of the original question that appears in the print interview. Then Taylor answers in English, and someone else then translates that answer to the foreign language. Finally, we now translate the foreign language translation of Taylor’s answers back to English. You can pretty much guarantee that the words we are putting in Taylor’s mouth here are not the exact words that she spoke during the interview. Keep these points in mind when you read the final question on Adam Young, which will probably raise some eyebrows unless you consider that the question as printed may not be what Taylor heard.
As the final editor, I tried to use as my guiding principle that I would watch Taylor’s back, and I tried to give her benefit of the doubt when there was one. I did this not to be biased, but to be fair, since most of the time the press is trying to trick the artist into a sensational disclosure. I also simplified the translation in many places. The translator often created over-expressive English sentences that only confused the translation and did not add any meaning. I went by the principle that the simplest expression of an idea was the best. I allowed complex nuance only when it added meaning.
Enjoy the article and interview.
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LIKE WATCHING TAY PERFORM HER SONG “ALL TOO WELL” THE ENTIRE RED TOUR SHOW IN JAKARTA WAS ALL TOO PERFECT!
Taylor Swift’s concert will make your heart completely fall, both for the artist as well as for the event. Even those who often watch her concerts on YouTube would definitely be stunned.
The fanfare of the RED Tour Concert that most fans were hoping for was experienced just as imagined. The flow, gimmick, wardrobe, stage, crowd, and even the meet-and-greet - which previously we had only seen through Internet videos - all became real and were really felt by thousands of fans at the venue, Mata Elang International Stadium (MEIS), Jakarta, last Wednesday (June 4, 2014).
The show started at 20:30 PM Western Indonesian time. The red curtain, and the silhouette of Taylor Alison Swift, appeared together, marking the start of the concert. The Nashville singer sang the first track from her RED album, State of Grace.
She appeared on stage wearing a white shirt and high-waisted black shorts, along with black stockings covering her long legs. There was a reason why - for the entire concert - Tay neatly covered her beautiful legs. Clearly Tay was respecting the advice of the concert promoter to not appear too sexy. As most people still remember, Lady Gaga had to cancel her Jakarta concert after she ignored similar advice.
“Good evening Jakarta, I’m Taylor. Welcome to the RED Tour Jakarta!” She spoke, along with a smile from her bright red lips. On stage, Tay was like a chameleon that could change from a calm sweet girl to an attractive young woman waving her blonde hair around. In her Holy Ground number, Tay proved her skill as a stage performer. She beat the Taiko drums fully and soulfully with expression.
We appreciated the concept, as well as the flow, of the scenes that were presented on the stage. Tay and her crew must have performed such shows in other countries prior to their visit to Jakarta. But for the first-time viewers, watching this act in person would surely leave a remarkable impression.
Viewers were touched when Taylor explained that the real meaning of her RED album is the color of love, and she noticed that this was one of the colors of the Indonesian flag. The video of a star’s life behind the stage, which was being played as the background when Taylor sang The Lucky One, showed the audience how difficult the process can be.
Pouring Her Heart on the Piano
Tay’s sociable and fun personality was also displayed by the way she communicated with the audience, as if we were a conversation with our own friend. It starts with friendship, becomes love, and then you are pouring out each other’s hearts.
“Usually, if someone asks me about my song writing, what they would like to know is how I wrote the song. And my answer is simple: I wrote songs based on personal things that occurred in my life and haunt me. It sounds depressing and sad, but that is what happened. There are lots of things that left scars inside, and on those sad days, I write songs. But sometimes, not only bad things happened. Sometimes, good things haunt me too.” She poured her heart out for a few seconds before she started to sing All Too Well on her piano. The song paused for a second, as Tay was holding the tears from falling to her cheeks. This was the most memorable moment.
Playing the guitar, banjo, and piano, while maintaining the quality of her voice during the whole concert, adding her beauty inside-and-out, is the complete and special package that is Taylor Swift. The audience did not have to wait long for their favorite songs to come out of Swift’s red lips. Most were mesmerized by the whole concert and concept.
Not to be forgotten, Taylor danced, along with five other background dancers who accompanied her during her other numbers 22, Love Story, Mean, We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together and The Lucky One. Even the dance was presented in a number of distinctive themes, starting from classic to modern ones. There are not too many singers who can really dance on the stage. Tay is one of the few who can do both, though dancing is not her main skill.
In total, Tay sang 13 songs that night, creating unforgettable memories and a remarkable experience. I can still see her red lipstick, her glances, and how she talked. Even while leaving the MEIS building, we all still sang to ourselves the song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which was the last number Tay sang that night.
We love you, Tay.
From High Heels to Adam Young
Starting a conversation with Taylor Swift was surprisingly easy. She was very open and friendly. Starting with a comment on her height, the discussion flowed smoothly. We even touched on guys too!
Q: Hi Taylor! Oh My God, is this really you? You are really tall!
A: Hey, I’m Taylor. It’s very nice to meet you. I’m not that tall. I’m using high heels actually, so don’t be surprised.
Q: This is your first visit to Indonesia, what made you and your management decide to hold the RED Tour here?
A: Well, since two years ago, Indonesia has been on my priority list. But since there was a scheduling issue, I have only been able to hold a concert here now. Because my fans here kept continuously sending me their Tweets, I made up my mind, “I must go there this year!”
Q: So, for the RED Tour this time, you chose lots of uncommon countries such China and Indonesia, why?
A: I just wanted to experience something new. Early on, I was not very confident in facing the challenge of concerts in these locations. But presented with the reality that all tickets to these concerts sold out, I could only think “How could such countries that I have never visited before be this excited?”
Q: The Asian cultures and languages are much different to yours. Why do you think your CD sales in Asia are huge?
A: I don’t know why my music is so popular in Asia. But I feel really flattered since English is not their mother-tongue. They really tried to learn from my songs, and to sing them while I’m on stage. So I feel so proud to be able to have such a great influence on them.
Q: Now let’s talk about music. Which part of the process are you most passionate about during creation of a new album?
A: For me, song writing is my favorite process when making a new album. In the early days, I really liked to write poems. But as time went by, I found out that writing a song is much more exciting. Though sometimes I do like to sing randomly without actually knowing what the real meaning is.
Q: When is your new album coming out? Where is it now in the recording process?
A: I am currently working hard to finish my new album as fast as I can. I cannot reveal any details yet. What is clear is that this will be the favorite thing I have done in my whole life, more than the previous ones. Perhaps, between October and November would be the right time to release it.
Q: Talking about guys, there were lot of songs in your previous albums - and in RED - that were inspired from your previous relationship experiences. And there are many who disagree with the concept, including John Mayer. What can you say about this? [Comment from Poetrydude66: Based on answer below, it might be the case that Taylor did not hear John Mayer’s name in this question and thought she was answering a more general question. Given all of the translations, give Taylor the benefit of the doubt.]
A: Well, if I want to write songs for my exes, they also have the right to write a song about me. So, what is the real problem? I am not the only one who could write songs about them. If they want, just respond to it!
Q: Okay now, how about Adam Young, who you left behind. You made a song about him, Enchanted, which later on he covered back to you. Why isn’t there any response? [Comment from Poetrydude66: Wow, there is no way I can rewrite that question as an easy pitch. The interviewer was really aggressive. ]
A: Oh about that: there are lots of cover versions of my Enchanted. I did not pay too much attention to his version. But they say it is good.
Q: Thank you Taylor, for the time you spent chatting with me. I still cannot believe that I finally met you!
July 7, 2014 6:39 PM For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story The Singer-Songwriter Says Artists and Fans Will Still Form Deep Bonds, but They Will Do It in New Ways
By TAYLOR SWIFT Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years? Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you're reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive.
There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently. In recent years, you've probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal. My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it. Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is. I hope they don't underestimate themselves or undervalue their art. Arrows Through the Heart In mentioning album sales, I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. It isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album, and as artists, that should challenge and motivate us. There are always going to be those artists who break through on an emotional level and end up in people's lives forever. The way I see it, fans view music the way they view their relationships. Some music is just for fun, a passing fling (the ones they dance to at clubs and parties for a month while the song is a huge radio hit, that they will soon forget they ever danced to). Some songs and albums represent seasons of our lives, like relationships that we hold dear in our memories but had their time and place in the past. However, some artists will be like finding "the one." We will cherish every album they put out until they retire and we will play their music for our children and grandchildren. As an artist, this is the dream bond we hope to establish with our fans. I think the future still holds the possibility for this kind of bond, the one my father has with the Beach Boys and the one my mother has with Carly Simon. I think forming a bond with fans in the future will come in the form of constantly providing them with the element of surprise. No, I did not say "shock"; I said "surprise." I believe couples can stay in love for decades if they just continue to surprise each other, so why can't this love affair exist between an artist and their fans? In the YouTube generation we live in, I walked out onstage every night of my stadium tour last year knowing almost every fan had already seen the show online. To continue to show them something they had never seen before, I brought out dozens of special guest performers to sing their hits with me. My generation was raised being able to flip channels if we got bored, and we read the last page of the book when we got impatient. We want to be caught off guard, delighted, left in awe. I hope the next generation's artists will continue to think of inventive ways of keeping their audiences on their toes, as challenging as that might be. There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs. I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento "kids these days" want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be "how may followers you have on Instagram." Fan Power A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers. I see this becoming a trend in the music industry. For me, this dates back to 2005 when I walked into my first record-label meetings, explaining to them that I had been communicating directly with my fans on this new site called Myspace. In the future, artists will get record deals because they have fans—not the other way around. Another theme I see fading into the gray is genre distinction. These days, nothing great you hear on the radio seems to come from just one musical influence. The wild, unpredictable fun in making music today is that anything goes. Pop sounds like hip hop; country sounds like rock; rock sounds like soul; and folk sounds like country—and to me, that's incredible progress. I want to make music that reflects all of my influences, and I think that in the coming decades the idea of genres will become less of a career-defining path and more of an organizational tool. This moment in music is so exciting because the creative avenues an artist can explore are limitless. In this moment in music, stepping out of your comfort zone is rewarded, and sonic evolution is not only accepted…it is celebrated. The only real risk is being too afraid to take a risk at all. Celebrity Spotlight I predict that some things will never change. There will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians, especially the younger ones. Artists who were at their commercial peak in the '70s, '80s and '90s tell me, "It was never this crazy for us back then!" And I suspect I'll be saying that same thing to younger artists someday (God help them). There continues to be a bad girl vs. good girl/clean-cut vs. sexy debate, and for as long as those labels exist, I just hope there will be contenders on both sides. Everyone needs someone to relate to. And as for me? I'll just be sitting back and growing old, watching all of this happen or not happen, all the while trying to maintain a life rooted in this same optimism. And I'd also like a nice garden.
davepastern: The Ready for it... video was good (but I loved Ghost in the Shell so that was gonna always be a given lol), not really a fan of End Game (the song or video). Sorry, but it's my least favourite song on Reputation, and joins the ranks of a few other songs
Jan 14, 2018 8:42:01 GMT -5
davepastern: that I dislike (should've said no, better than revenge, holy ground, and style).
Jan 14, 2018 8:42:32 GMT -5
neoswiftie: no need to be sorry, wasn't my favorite song on reputation either, but I do love the video, especially the London sequence
Jan 14, 2018 8:45:13 GMT -5
neoswiftie: lol gonna need to brighten that gif, 20 frames in photoshop, will do that tomorrow
Jan 14, 2018 8:46:35 GMT -5
13swiftie13ds: Under a winter storm warning here Looking at a good 4-6 inches lol!
Jan 15, 2018 0:00:28 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Aly swifte
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neoswiftie: Hi StarlightDreamer, I'm not a member there... but I'm pretty sure some of our members are there too, I guess they prefer to be on both fora. Why do you ask?
Jan 16, 2018 7:22:53 GMT -5
neoswiftie: I don't mind that you promote your forum and everyone can join here and stay a member there too, I really don't mind, there is also taycon.proboards.com/ they were first
Jan 16, 2018 7:26:25 GMT -5
swiftvote: I've been here from the start... no drama like on TC or the new 'The Swift Life' app, I don't need another forum
Jan 16, 2018 7:37:49 GMT -5
swiftvote: I guess most swifties are now on tumblr and The Swift Life, but they are also chatting in 'private chatrooms', problem with those chatrooms is that 1 person has to approve who is allowed in, and who is allowed to stay, heard that there was drama there too.
Jan 16, 2018 7:41:24 GMT -5
neoswiftie: When there are a lot of members, doesn't matter where, you are gonna get drama... that's why certain topics are better avoided
Jan 16, 2018 7:43:25 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Here we have a safe place for everyone that loves Taylor for who she is, what she does without having to whine about the 3 things other 'huge' fora forbid... Po Ra Re, there are enough other places for those topics
Jan 16, 2018 7:46:23 GMT -5
swiftvote: Agreed, those topics are what causes the most misery on TSL
Jan 16, 2018 7:48:31 GMT -5
twothirtyam: I like TSL but you can't really connect to anyone, short conversations are possible on someone's post... but once you go somewhere else it's not possible to find it back
Jan 16, 2018 8:30:58 GMT -5