Adam Lambert: The full scoop
Adam Lambert didn't win "American Idol." But he sure came close, and with his glam rocker edge and amazing skills, he's sure to be a name we'll be hearing for a long time.
Adam recently participated in a conference call with members of the press. Here's what he had to say, from the constant chatter about his sexuality to what tunes we'll here on his upcoming album.
Lets say you do the whole summer tour thing; you come off tour or toward the end of the tour you get a nice fat offer to do a Broadway show. Would you jump on that or is your first priority right now to do a proper recording career?
I think my direction right now is to try to become a recording artist. I spent time doing the theater thing for a number of years. Im not turning my back on it, but Im definitely going in the other direction right now.
One of the coolest things you did was you made theatrical, which used to be a negative phrase, into a positive phrase. Can you expand on that a little bit on the importance of theatricality?
I think its just all in the name of good entertainment. First and foremost it is about the music, but it kind of packages it in a little bit more of a flashy, more interesting dynamic way, in my opinion. I think theatricality is just one way of performing. I dont think its a better way or the way, but its my way.
How did it make you feel seeing Katie Perry have a jacket with your name on it?
Oh, my gosh, I was shocked and I was completely honored and I had this huge smile on my face the minute I saw it. I wasnt prepared for that. I didnt know she was going to do that so you can imagine my surprise.
Did you get to talk to her about it?
Afterward, yes. I gave her a bit hug. Shes really, really cool, very down-to-earth. She had some good advice for me. She said, Just make sure that you keep your friends that you had before all this started around you and keep them close.
Do you think all the talk about your sexual orientation had any impact on the voting?
Um, yeah, probably.Would you like to form a band like [former "Idol" contestant] Chris Daughtry, or are you thinking solo?
I havent figured that out yet, probably solo. But therere options there; Im not sure yet.
Have you told Paula Abdul that she was pretty much your first concert that you ever went to and what was her reaction to that?
Thats what I spoke to her about during my first audition. At the end o f my singing I said, just have to say something. And I told her and she had a big smile on her face and it was definitely a weird full-circle moment for me because that was my first pop artist that I ever saw live and to be auditioning to become one myself in front of her had a lot of symbolism.
What was it like after the finale: the party and everything?
It was crazy; it was pretty crowded and the whole evening was overwhelming. You can imagine that the party, just trying to interact with as many people as I could. It was so exciting and I got to speak with Paul and Kara; we got to chat a little bit. It was really nice being able to kind of be off-the-record, off camera and just interact. I was really thankful for that experience.
You still didnt get to see Simon.
No unfortunately I didnt get to see Simon and I think I missed Randy as well, but Im sure Ill bump into them in the future.
Why do you think you weren't discovered before?
I might not have gone through the proper channels, to be honest with you. The concept of being discovered is kind of a dying art. I dont think anybody gets discovered. I think you kind of have to put yourself out there. I was doing the theater thing and on the side I started, I had a band for a while and then I started writing music. I was just getting to the point where I was probably ready to start submitting music to labels, but then this opportunity came along and I jumped at it. I think that things happened when they were supposed to happen.
Youve taken a lot of criticism for being so theatrical, so you can you talk a little bit about the music you plan on doing for your album? Are you going to tone it down: are you going to listen to what people said?
I never really listen to what people say. My thing is my favorite artists are artists that are theatrical. Obviously when you are doing a recording things arent going to translate as over the top. Doing a live performance of something it takes on another life. I really enjoy the recording process and its going to represent itself differently. Anybody that bought an iTunes version of what I did on the show could say, Okay, I get how he sounds in a recording session now versus how he is live. Its different. The live performance takes it to a different level. I think people are in store for a treat; I think its going to be a really cool album and Im excited to start working on it.
Every performers had struggles, so can you describe a time when you were really kind of thinking, Ill give up on this, or you were just frustrated by the whole thing?
Ive definitely had moments or that and I think thats one of the reasons why I decided to audition for the show is that I got to a point where I was in the ensemble of Wicked here in L.A., and it was a great job and I had a lot of friends in the cast and it was paying the bills. But I just wasnt satisfied artistically and it was about a hear-and-a-half ago and I kind of was sitting alone in my room one day. Is this it; is this my life? I had just turned 26 and I said, I want more. Theres more that Im supposed to be doing, I have this feeling. So this was the thing that presented itself to me and I think the timing was right. I had auditions before, but I dont think I was ready. Everything just lined up and Im really, really fortunate that it worked out the way it did.
What would you say to people who were so disappointed that you didnt win and how did you deal with the outcome?
I know it sounds cliché, but I really feel like I won by getting to the final. I felt like to me its not about the title of American Idol, it was the experience. I made music and I got to do a different performance every week and I was able to use American Idol as a platform to get myself out there and now I have a career. So theres no need to dwell on the negative. We should look forward and be excited about an album and the rest of my career. Thats where Im at.
Of all the mentors, who could you see yourself working with in the future?
Id really love to work with Slash. When we did the mentor shoot at the Roxy, I felt so at home with him onstage. This guy is so rad.
Can you tell us a little bit more about what kind of album you would like to make?
My view of the record industry is that its a little too specific lately. The labels tend to try to put one box around every artist and keep them in one genre. To me, Im so fortunate because I got to use the show to get myself out there. We dont really have to go about it that way. Obviously we want the album to have a cohesive sound, but I think it can kind of be a collection of different styles with me at the center of it. Everybody knows whom I am singing it so thats the common thread.
You like to tool around in the studio lot you like to change your arrangements; you have very strong feelings about how to orchestrate a song; youve written your own music. How big a hand are you going to have in producing your first album?
I think that in my talks with my team, the label and the management company, weve discussed it. Ive expressed my desire to have a lot of involvement in the process. Im definitely a collaborator; thats my strength. I dont like to be told what to do and I dont like to hold the reins all myself.
When can we expect to see your CD?
I think were probably shooting for some time within the year.