Jaden and Willow Smith sat down with the New York Times last week to talk about music, inspiration and being a teenager. The article itself was a little odd and unclear at times so I went ahead and had them clarify some of their answers.
WILLOW: Quantum physics. Osho.
I just saw that movie Interstellar and I was confused about a lot of things.
JADEN: “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life” and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.
Not by choice. Those are the only free downloads in iBooks.
Q. What are some of the themes that recur in your work?
JADEN: The P.C.H. being one of them; the melancholiness of the ocean; the melancholiness of everything else.
I live in LA and like most Los Angelians, I spend a lot of time in traffic. When you write music, you write what you know, and I know when PCH goes down to one lane in Malibu, that is a tragedy.
WILLOW: And the feeling of being like, this is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made.
I really like Pokemon cards.
Q. How do you write? What’s your process?
JADEN: She gets in the booth and just starts singing.
Booth, shower, a glass cage of emotion and starts singing when she thinks no one can hear her.
WILLOW: I mean, the beat is usually what moves me. Or I think of concepts. Then when I hear a beat that is, like, elaborating on that concept, I just go off.
In music the beat is essential, unless you’re singing acapella, then it just matters what your voice sounds like. I’m trying “The Taylor Swift Method”, you know writing songs based off concepts like break-ups, being yourself or how Willow is like a female version of my dad’s name.
JADEN: She freestyles and finds out what she likes. Same thing with me.
You know when you’re at a bar and some drunk girl is like “I love Salt N Pepper and I’m drunk enough that I’m convinced I’m not that drunk, so I can totally read the lyrics, but I sound horrible”. It’s like that.
WILLOW: You piece it together. You piece together those little moments of inspiration.
I have a notebook that I keep with me at all times called “Willspiration” it’s like a play on words of Willow and inspiration. The other day I wrote “truffle lobster mac n cheese”.
Q. How does fashion relate to what you do?
JADEN: Willow just dropped a song (“Cares”), let me quote the lyrics: “I do not care what people say.” We both don’t really care. I like to wear things that I make, but I throw it on as though I was throwing on anything. It looks cool, sometimes.
I’m just shamelessly plugging Willow’s new CD because that’s is supporting our family right now. Seriously, we’re broke and we need this.
WILLOW: I like to go to places with my high-fashion things where there are a lot of cameras. So I can just go there and be like, “Yep, yep, I’m looking so sick.” But in my regular life, I put on clothes that I can climb trees in.
I climb trees to hide from my parents…
Q. So what’s next?
JADEN: I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time. And when I say craziest, I mean, like, I want to do like Olympic-level things. I want to be the most durable person on the planet.
If I’m completely honest, I was really unimpressed with men’s figure skating in the Sochi Olympics and I’m looking to compete in 2018. Instead of that Irish dance guy, I’m gonna break dance on ice.
WILLOW: I think by the time we’re 30 or 20, we’re going to be climbing as many mountains as we can possibly climb.
20, 30 what’s the difference. I’m only 14 so I don’t have any real issues to worry about. Also by “climbing mountains” I mean emotionally, not physically. That seems way too difficult.
Willow’s “3″ is available now on iTunes. Jaden’s “Cool Tapes Vol. 2″ will be available beginning at 12 a.m. with the download of his new app called Jaden Experience.