Charlie Puth Shares Honda Civic Tour Highlights & the 'Couple Jams' It Inspired


Last month, Charlie Puth wrapped The Honda Civic Tour, which noticed the 26-year-old headlining amphitheaters throughout North America and enjoying iconic venues like New York's Radio City Music Hall and Los Angeles' Greek Theatre. The majority of the crowds have been upwards of 20,000 for every date, that means Puth carried out to extra than 200,000 individuals in a matter of weeks. 

"To me, it’s actually in regards to the quantity of people who find themselves in there," Puth says, "as a result of it simply makes it a lot extra enjoyable."

But "enjoyable" is a modest method for Puth to evaluate his newest tour. While the 30-date trek was the largest tour of his profession to this point, it was additionally fairly transformative for Puth as each a songwriter and a performer. The "Attention" singer mentioned in a video tour diary that the tour helped his songwriting, and he spent a majority of the present away from his piano — a giant private step for the singer/songwriter.

Though Puth is way more snug on massive levels ("It's type of this bizarre juxtaposition," he says), his subsequent present will revert again to his beginnings. The New Jersey native might be enjoying New York City's 700-person Highline Ballroom on Oct. 5 for JetBlue Mastercard Priceless VIP New York, giving some fortunate followers an intimate Charlie Puth expertise.

Billboard chatted with Puth forward of the particular present to listen to about his Honda Civic Tour highlights and takeaways, together with a few tour-inspired new tunes.

How did this tour really feel completely different out of your first two as a headliner?

This time round, I actually acquired to see how extensive and various my fan base is. I noticed women and boys as younger as 5 years previous within the entrance row, and proper subsequent to them have been grandparents who have been followers of me. I acquired to see it nearly each night time, so it impressed me to create extra data on the street.

How do you are feeling such as you’ve grown as a performer?

The largest factor for me once I even began touring a few years in the past was to simply get off of the piano. I had been so afraid of leaving the piano. Now it's type of similar to, "not giving a shit" perspective — despite the fact that I do care. I care about giving the perfect efficiency that I can provide, however not overthinking so many issues.

Kind of like once I'm within the studio… it's the identical "not overthinking" perspective. You don't wish to overthink a melody or chord development as a result of then it'll grow to be inflexible. The identical factor interprets reside, and also you don't wish to overthink your small actions. I'm not dancing or something like that, however you recognize what I imply.

Was there a present that marked a turning level for you getting extra snug with leaving your piano?

Yeah, once I performed San Francisco when 22,000 individuals got here to see me carry out that night time [Aug. 17 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California]. I used to be simply everyone, saying to myself, "There are 22,000 individuals right here." I may have by no means have imagined enjoying in entrance of 22,000 individuals.

Did any of your Voicenotes tracks spark a response that made you modify the way in which you view the track?

My track "Boy." [The reaction] made me have a look at that track in another way. That track has a type of cult following hooked up to it, which is basically cool. It was later within the set as properly, and other people misplaced their thoughts each night time when it got here on.

I believe it's as a result of the title is a bit surprising. Before you even take heed to the track. It's like, "Charlie Puth places out a track known as 'Boy.' I’m wondering what this is about." And then it's precisely the other of what you judged it by its title, if you recognize what I imply.

Was there a track that was essentially the most enjoyable to sing?

The most enjoyable for me is "Attention," as a result of I don't must sing it in any respect. It's wild. Everyone sings every a part of that track prefer it's the refrain. And "How Long" — that was a joyride, enjoying that report, as a result of I needed to do a four-minute keytar solo and I believe individuals weren’t anticipating that.

[Also] the extra intimate moments like enjoying "Change," and never telling everyone to place their lighters up — however they only do it off the response of the track. Feeling that each night time was actually particular too.

How did the tour affect your songwriting?

When I'm writing a report, an important factor to me is the important thing of the track. Make positive the important thing of the track is in an applicable vocal vary for each girls and boys, and anyone. When you're surrounded by followers who’re singing alongside each lyric to songs which can be already out, you begin to bear in mind what their voices sound like once you go away the stage. You have that in thoughts once you're making a brand new report that nobody's heard but. I all the time have my followers' voices in my head, however extra so than ever once I simply get off stage and I’m going proper to the studio.

Did something you skilled on this tour lead to new songs?

The first night time in Canada, there was a rep from Live Nation, and he — with out giving it away — he mentioned that I reminded him of an artist that he represented for a few years, and one artist that I look as much as. It type of impressed this one track that I labored on tirelessly, constantly, for your entire tour. I’ve a pair jams. I'm excited for individuals to listen to the subsequent part.

Is that a part of the rationale why Elton John known as you the opposite day? I noticed your tweet about that loopy textual content.

No, Elton had simply needed to speak to me for some time. That was a pleasure, speaking to him about music. I really feel like I get to speak to all of the individuals I look as much as — Herbie Hancock texting me, speaking about jazz and pop music, Elton John. The listing goes on. It's actually wild.