Alessia Cara Explores ASMR

In this Celebrity ASMR interview, singer Alessia Cara explores autonomous sensory meridian response with whispers and sounds. In honor of her songs 'Sweater Weather', 'Here', and 'Growing Pains', her experiences on the Coldplay Tour and at the Grammys, and her role in Moana, Cara plays with a sweater, party streamers, balloons, seashells, her vinyl album 'Know It All', and wooden building blocks.

Released on 6/22/2018

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Starring: Alessia Cara

Transcript

00:00
(whispering) As a kid,
00:01
there was like called virtual barbershop.
00:05
I think those were like the early stages of ASMR.
00:09
Before it was ASMR, or maybe it always was.
00:12
They would put little scissors
00:16
in the left and right channels,
00:18
and then it would sound like you're getting a haircut.
00:20
And I always thought that was cool.
00:22
I guess I have done it.
00:26
Hi everyone.
00:28
My name's Alessia Cara.
00:30
And I'm going to be doing some ASMR for you guys today.
00:34
Now I'm going to be talking about some moments
00:37
in my career with the help of some props.
00:42
So I hope that this will be a relaxing experience for you.
00:47
Sweater weather.
00:50
So, that song was actually a cover that I recorded
00:56
before my career even started.
00:58
And essentially, I just sat in my mother's bathroom,
01:03
or my mom and dad's bathroom,
01:05
I don't know why I said mother,
01:06
that sounded very creepy and weird.
01:09
But I sat on their bathroom floor and I got my guitar
01:13
and I just sang the song and then posted it
01:16
on my YouTube channel,
01:18
which didn't have very many views at the time.
01:22
But by the grace of the universe or God or whatever,
01:26
I was discovered, I guess you could say.
01:30
Or my video was seen by a production company
01:34
called EP Entertainment, and from there they decided
01:37
to work with me and allow me to write and record
01:41
my own songs with a writer and singer
01:45
named Sebastian Kole.
01:47
And the rest is history.
01:53
Hopefully this is relaxing enough.
01:58
Very nice knit material for the winter.
02:03
(cloth rubbing)
02:10
Are you relaxed yet? (laughing)
02:14
(cloth rubbing)
02:25
I wonder if this is hand-made or not.
02:35
Oops.
02:37
(cloth rubbing together)
02:47
(cloth rubbing on microphone)
02:50
I feel like this would give me chills.
02:59
There we go.
03:02
(cloth rubbing on skin)
03:23
Whoops. (laughing)
03:31
Cool.
03:33
Signing with Def Jam.
03:39
So, I met with a bunch of different labels
03:41
when I was just starting out, and a lot of them
03:46
didn't really call back.
03:48
And a lot of others just didn't really think
03:50
I was a good fit for them.
03:53
And Def Jam actually happened to be the last label
03:56
that I met with.
03:58
And they were really into what I was doing,
04:00
which was amazing, and I got really lucky.
04:04
Cause I felt like I was running out of options,
04:05
and I felt like no one was gonna give me a chance.
04:09
But they definitely did,
04:11
and they were into what I was doing
04:12
and the music I was making, and it was really awesome
04:17
and really cool.
04:18
And so, yeah.
04:21
The first song that I released actually,
04:23
which was called Here,
04:25
and it was about a party that I went to.
04:27
So I figured, nothing says party like streamers.
04:32
So, here.
04:34
I went to this party a few years back in high school.
04:40
I felt really uncomfortable there, because,
04:45
I don't know, I didn't really know
04:46
a lot of the people there, and even the ones I did know,
04:49
it just felt like they were occupied doing other things,
04:53
and I didn't really know how to stand or what to do.
04:56
I don't really drink a lot or smoke or any of that,
04:59
so I just felt like I was very out of place.
05:03
And I made a song about it
05:04
thinking that I was the only one going through it,
05:08
but it turns out there are lots of people
05:10
who feel the same thing I do.
05:11
So that's very comforting.
05:14
(streamer paper unrolling)
05:17
This is so cool.
05:23
I wanna try to lift it, but it's not lifting.
05:28
(streamer paper twisting)
05:38
What if I do both at the same time?
05:41
(streamer paper rubbing on microphone)
05:43
It just overload.
05:44
ASMR overload.
05:47
(streamer paper ruffling)
05:54
(streamer paper ripping)
05:57
(streamer paper crumpling)
06:10
This is giving me chills, and I'm not even experiencing it.
06:16
Whoops. Broke it.
06:20
(streamer paper ripping)
06:25
(streamer paper rubbing on microphone)
06:37
(streamer paper crumpling)
06:42
Use both.
06:44
(streamer paper crumpling)
07:01
Awesome.
07:03
Coldplay tour.
07:05
So, I found out that Coldplay wanted me to open for them
07:10
while I was touring on my own tour.
07:12
And I remember being on my bus and my manager said,
07:17
how do you feel about Coldplay?
07:19
And I said, I love them.
07:21
They're my favorite band, why?
07:23
And he said, well they want you to open for them
07:26
on their European and U.S tour.
07:28
And I lost my mind.
07:30
I was so excited.
07:31
And I said, of course, absolutely.
07:34
I don't care how many days it is, I wanna do it.
07:36
And so I got to do it, and I went on tour with them.
07:39
And it was magical, and beautiful,
07:42
and I'll never forget that tour for sure.
07:47
So we were on the tour for a very long time, my team and I,
07:51
and we decided since the whole band and crew
07:54
had a really good sense of humor,
07:58
I thought that it would be appropriate
08:01
to put on a little end-of-tour prank.
08:04
And I'm not usually a prankster,
08:05
but I thought it would be cool to do something.
08:08
So my sound tech, Leo, got this giant bear and skinned it.
08:15
Not a real bear, let me rephrase that.
08:17
A giant teddy bear.
08:18
And skinned it.
08:20
Took all the stuffing out.
08:23
And he basically took enough stuffing out that a human
08:25
could fit inside it and put their hands inside
08:28
the arms and their feet inside the feet and legs.
08:34
And I decided to tell the band
08:36
that there was a surprise for them on stage.
08:38
And so I staged this whole thing where
08:41
I put all these balloons on the stage,
08:44
and I got in this bear suit to make it look like
08:45
I got them a giant teddy bear and balloons
08:48
to say thank you for the end of the tour.
08:53
And they got there, and I was sure that they were gonna see
08:54
me moving, cause I was there for way too long.
08:57
They took way too long to get to stage.
08:59
So I was a little bit hot.
09:01
But they got there, and then one of the guys
09:04
I think realized that something was in there
09:06
so he tried to pull my arm,
09:08
and then when they pulled my arm,
09:09
I just jumped out and I yelled.
09:11
I'm not gonna do that now, cause that would ruin this.
09:14
But just imagine me yelling like, aaah.
09:17
And then they jumped back and they were very, very scared.
09:20
But they were good sports about it.
09:22
They laughed after.
09:22
So thankfully, I didn't get kicked off the tour.
09:25
But it was the last day anyway, so even if I did,
09:29
haha, too bad.
09:30
I'm gonna try to blow up some balloons now,
09:33
just in honor of that story.
09:37
Hopefully I don't mess this up.
09:40
I think you have to stretch them first.
09:42
That doesn't make a sound, nevermind.
09:44
(ballon rubbing)
09:47
(loud blowing noise)
09:50
Why isn't it blowing?
09:54
(blowing)
09:57
What are these fake balloons?
09:59
They're not blowing up.
10:02
(balloon stretching)
10:04
Am I weak? (laughing)
10:08
Hold on, let me try another one.
10:12
(balloon inflating)
10:14
There we go.
10:16
(balloon inflating)
10:25
(balloon ruffling)
10:31
There we go.
10:34
(fingers tapping on balloon)
10:37
The static to my hair.
10:41
It's sticking to my frizz.
10:44
(balloon rubbing on hair)
10:46
(giggling)
10:49
I'm gonna look like Einstein after this.
10:54
My hair will. (balloon rubbing on hair)
10:58
(fingers rubbing balloon)
11:10
(screeching) Sorry.
11:17
Whoops.
11:21
(balloon rubbing on hair)
11:24
Moana.
11:27
I was lucky enough to be part of the Disney movie Moana
11:31
by getting to sing the end credit song, How Far I'll Go.
11:34
And I remember Disney contacted me,
11:39
and wanted to play me the movie before it was out,
11:41
just so I could get an idea of the premise of the film.
11:45
And I remember thinking, it was really really beautiful
11:49
and the story was so different and far from anything
11:52
I had seen from Disney, especially.
11:56
Because it's this really strong female character
12:00
that saves the day in the end, without anyone's help,
12:02
which I think is really inspiring for young girls to see.
12:07
And so I thought it would be really nice to be a part of it.
12:10
I learned the song, and sang my own version of it,
12:15
and here we are.
12:17
So I have some seashells here.
12:20
Just in honor of the beach and Moana and this movie.
12:26
I've always loved seashells.
12:28
They're very pretty.
12:35
(fingernails scratching seashell)
12:46
Let's see this one.
12:50
(fingers tapping on seashell)
12:54
This one's a smaller sound, a little less hollow.
12:58
(tapping)
13:00
(seashells tapping together)
13:03
(seashells rubbing together)
13:11
It's a very thin sound.
13:12
Very pretty though.
13:14
Let's see this guy over here.
13:17
(scratching noise)
13:27
Let's try these two together.
13:30
(scraping noise)
13:42
It's a very relaxing sound.
13:44
Let's try this giant one over here.
13:48
It's very pretty.
13:50
(fingers tapping on conch shell)
13:56
Let's see.
13:58
(scratching noise)
14:02
I like that sound.
14:04
(scratching noise)
14:09
Let's try it with this one.
14:11
(scratching noise)
14:20
Sounds like dragging a stick
14:21
across the pavement or something.
14:24
(scratching noise)
14:27
That's cool.
14:30
(scratching noise)
14:35
Really really cool.
14:39
(gentle scratching)
14:44
(fingers tapping on shell)
14:50
The Grammys.
14:54
So, I attended the Grammys this year.
14:57
And just going alone was amazing,
14:59
because I've always dreamt of just being there as a kid.
15:03
It was a very innocent dream of mine that seemed
15:06
very, very far-fetched and unrealistic.
15:11
So when I got to be there, I thought it was just
15:15
a dream in itself.
15:17
But then, the fact that I got to win, very unexpectedly,
15:20
was an awesome thing.
15:24
I'll just never forget being up there,
15:27
and the little kid in me came out and reminded me
15:30
how much I have wanted that my whole life.
15:33
It's just a really cool accomplishment,
15:35
I think for any artist.
15:39
Now we're gonna unbox, or not unbox, I guess open
15:43
a vinyl of my album, Know It All, which came out in 2015.
15:50
So here we go.
15:51
It's a nice texture, it's very bendy.
15:55
(gentle rubbing)
15:57
(fingers tapping)
16:05
(plastic unwrapping)
16:09
I hope I can get it open.
16:11
(plastic unwrapping)
16:17
This feels nice. (plastic crinkling)
16:23
(plastic unwrapping)
16:36
(plastic crumpling)
16:42
It sounds like record player static,
16:44
which is appropriate right now.
16:48
Here we have this. (tapping)
16:52
(rubbing)
17:00
Let's open it up.
17:05
So this is the booklet in here.
17:12
How do I even open it?
17:14
Oh, through the top.
17:19
(record sliding on paper)
17:22
That was a nice one.
17:23
That was solid, that sound.
17:26
(tapping)
17:27
Here's the vinyl.
17:31
Probably shouldn't be scratching it, but that's okay.
17:36
It's pink.
17:40
(fingers tapping and scratching on vinyl)
17:47
(rubbing)
17:50
Here.
17:53
(tapping)
18:01
We're gonna put it away.
18:05
If I can get this open.
18:09
(record sliding on paper)
18:17
(paper shuffling)
18:25
Growing pains.
18:28
So, Growing Pains is the first, or was the first song
18:31
that I wrote for this next album and project.
18:36
And it was kind of the impetus
18:37
for everything moving forward,
18:39
and everything that I wrote moving forward,
18:42
because it basically summarizes
18:44
the last few years of my life and how I felt.
18:48
Of course, there were many happy moments,
18:51
especially in my career and all of that.
18:53
But at the same time, there were a lot of confusing moments
18:56
and feelings of loneliness and sadness and confusion.
19:04
And I didn't really know how to get rid of them,
19:06
or how to figure it all out.
19:09
And I found that being distracted throughout the day
19:11
would help, but then the second
19:13
I would get back into bed at night,
19:15
and just be left with myself and my thoughts,
19:19
I didn't really know how to handle it,
19:20
and everything came up all at once.
19:23
And I realized I couldn't quite escape from those things.
19:28
So these are some little children's blocks.
19:32
I love the sound of these. (blocks banging)
19:35
It's so nice.
19:38
But if I do this, then there's like,
19:41
you hear something on both ears.
19:43
I'm a professional at this now.
19:45
I've been doing it for all of ten minutes, not even.
19:49
(blocks rubbing together)
19:57
(tapping)
20:04
(blocks banging together)
20:17
(blocks rubbing together)
20:36
Is this too much?
20:42
(laughing)
20:49
That concludes this ASMR session with me.
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I hope that you were relaxed.
20:54
I hope this was somewhat enjoyable for you.
20:57
I'm definitely gonna try to explore this a bit more,
20:59
cause I think it's a really cool form of meditation.
21:05
So, thank you guys for watching and listening
21:08
and I will catch you later.