ESSENCE.com: You recently presented at the 2011 FiFi Fragrance Awards and were photographed with Halle Berry, how was that experience?
TREY SONGZ: I attended the Awards, presented a few and saw Halle again, which was... amazing, to say the least. She is so beautiful and has such warm, positive spirit that every time I see her I feel inspired. She is truly a phenomenal woman. She smelled great, too! She might even have been wearing her fragrance that was honored that night.
ESSENCE.com: Last Sunday, you and Lupe Fiasco performed "Out of My Head" on the MTV Movie Awards, how'd that duet happen?
SONGZ: Lupe and I have been trying to work together for a while, and when he presented this song to me, it felt right. We didn't want to have a collaboration that sounded forced or manufactured so we waited for just the right record and it was "Out of My Head." As soon as I heard it, I loved it and I knew we finally had that hit we'd talked about. We didn't record it [in the studio] together. Lupe did his part, sent me the track and then I did my part. We're working on a concept for the video now so hopefully it will be released soon, but I can't give away any details. You'll have to tune in when we put the video out!
ESSENCE.com: What's the oddest thing a fan has thrown on stage while you were performing?
SONGZ: Not much seems weird to me anymore, bras and panties are the usual ... as many as the stage can hold! It does catch me a bit off-guard when people throw themselves on [the stage] though.
ESSENCE.com: What should fans expect from your ESSENCE Music Festival show?
SONGZ: I'm very excited to be back, so my fans can expect an even bigger and better show than last year. This festival is the biggest, blackest celebration of our culture, so I plan to go all-out and leave my heart on that stage for every person in the audience.
ESSENCE.com: What's your favorite New Orleans spot to visit during ESSENCE Music Festival?
SONGZ: I ate a great meal at Nola's in the French Quarter last year. My favorite part of New Orleans is actually the city itself. I like walking around and checking out the local shops. I find it interesting to... see all the different artifacts. I love to catch the musicians who perform on the street and watch the crowd react to and interact with them.