Ashley Tisdale was interviewed by Popeater about her makeover and upcoming album: ‘The new album has really been a long time coming. I’ve been working on the second album for a year, and it’s something completely different from the first album.
Doing the first album is a lot of learning about yourself, I had to get to know what I like, even though I knew I wanted to do something pop and R&B. I loved it, but with this one I wanted to really focus.
I went for more of a rock sound. I’m 23 now, so I’m growing up, and I wanted something more mature and edgier. I’m starting to show a side of myself that people don’t know. People know me as characters, they think of me as being blonde, so now they’re seeing another part of me.
Hence your new hair?
[Laughs] The first time that happened, I was at the house and I had the E! Channel on. I had just taken out my extensions, my hair wasn’t even dark yet, and they’re like, High School Musical star has a new ‘do!” I’m like, ‘New ‘do? What is this?’ It’s so weird that this is news..
But I knew going back to my dark color would raise eyebrows. I went
to a ‘High School Musical 3′ premiere with my dark hair, and people
were asking me, ‘Is this your way of saying goodbye to Sharpay?’ But
that’s not it. My hair has been through a lot these last three years,
so I wanted to give it a rest, get it healthy and go back to my natural
What music are you listening to these days?
Eric Hutchinson, Katy Perry, Pink, Rihanna.. my taste is all over the place. I also listen to Queen and Billy Joel!
Do they inspire you when you’re recording? Yeah, definitely. I’ve been a big fan of Pink ever since she started. I love Katy’s sense of humor and her pop/rock feel. Pat Benatar is also an inspiration, I love her music. I’m inspired by them
when I’m going into the studio, but almost anything inspires me.
On producing her own Disney Channel show: It’s in the beginning stages, it’s about my life when I was working at the mall. This whole side of entertainment, producing, is really amazing and so new to me.
I have my own office at the Freemantle building. I have a partner that I work with, and we come up with tons of ideas. I’m always there pitching, whether it’s MTV or the CW. But at the moment I’m not pitching anything with me in it.