Contributed by: Larissa
I got a great surprise on the Singapore Airlines flight from Johannesburg, South Africa back to Singapore on July 26. The August 2009 Singapore Airlines Inflight Entertainment Magazine, KRISWORLD has a special feature on DAVID ARCHULETA!
They played on board the flight Touch My Hand, A Little Too Not Over You and Crush on a ‘Hot Shots’ (hottest chart sounds) radio channel hosted by DJ Jean Danker and featured an interview with David as a guest!
Singapore Airlines is a world-famous premiere airline with an equally well-known inflight entertainment system and I’m simply super-archu-liciously awestruck by their love for David! Imagine the millions of flight passengers aka captive audience aka POTENTIAL FANS who will see his picture, read his history, find out a little more about his debut album, hear his out-of-this-world voice in three of his songs and through his interview take a little peek into the humble, inspiring soul of a beautiful artiste. My only grudge with the airline is that Crush was misspelt as “Crash” in the printed blurb on him in the magazine. Time to feedback the airline and set things straight.
The radio channel was played on-loop every 2.5 hours or so, and I stayed up for most of the 10-hour flight to listen to the songs and type a transcript of the interview. He spoke very fast when giving his answers so this is the best I could catch after hearing it 3 times and before I succumbed to the dry cabin air in the plane and dozed off.
The radio segment started with a little blurb by that glorious voice, “Hey this is David Archuleta. This is my song, Touch My Hand. Enjoy!”
The personal stereo system added a layer of richness and depth to his voice (as if he needed it!) on Touch My Hand and I was dancing and singing in my seat like a deranged, loony passenger with hormonal imbalance. The interview started after TMH, with Crush beautifully weaved in in-between, and ended with ALTNOY. I love how DJ Jean Danker introduced the interview, “If you’re an Archie, then you’re in for a treat”, as if a substantial part of the world population at random who fly Singapore Airlines are Archies, and that “Archies” is a commonly-known name for fans of David Archuleta. She then shared that David’s self-titled debut album charted at No. 2 on the billboard album charts upon release.
Transcript from interview with David Archuleta on Singapore Airlines:
On a typical day:
It’s pretty interesting. It’s not exactly like a typical schedule, because everyday changes. I’m not always home. But I got to spend time at home. It’s so nice. I’ve been on tour and it’s been so exciting and I love it. But you don’t realize how much you miss home until you’re actually there. It’s nice to be there, to relax, to have time to think about other things and spend that time with the family.
On his favorite songs on the album:
That changes. It just depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I like this song, another day I love this song. Right now I love You Can. It’s a really simple song with a universal message; it really hits a lot of people. Crush is another song – at some point in their lives when they [people] realize they’re starting to like someone, but they’re not sure what’s going on.
[Crush starts playing.]
Having been in the limelight since AI, on how he keeps himself grounded:
I think what keeps you grounded is to remember that it isn’t just about the fame and the money. Because what I’ve seen and learned is that even when you get there it’s not the best thing that can ever happen to you. Everyone tells you it’s the best thing that can happen to you. But you can see when all the people reach that point, it’s not what makes people happy; it makes them miserable! It’s the values that people keep with them that they had before they had fame – these are what make them successful, not just in people’s eyes but in their own eyes. [Also to] Remember the things family taught you. My beliefs are something that keeps me strong, remembering those simple things. Those simple things are what keep you go far.
On juggling musical career and school:
I love music so much. I will keep on doing it any way I can. I don’t know if I’m doing a career on it for the rest of my life. I love doing music so much, but not sure if I can make money out of it. [So] Make sure you have education. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You can’t go on living in lala land. There’s a lot more business side to things. You run your own business with this. Always make sure you have a back-up plan and you never know when it comes in handy. Being young, I don’t know where my life is going to go still. I still have a lot of life to live, so I make sure I have education and continue it, so I take time to do independent studies and stuff.
[ALTNOY starts playing.]
To my dismay, the interview ended all too soon when Jean Danker quipped, “Certainly hope you enjoy the little chit-chat with little David there.”
David Archuleta was meant to appear on the “into Singapore” selection of the radio channel, which was perfect since I was flying back to Singapore. but the inflight audio had been erroneously set to the “out of Singapore” selection instead. Horror of horrors! Not one to put up with this grave injustice of not being able to hear his songs, I accosted the nearest flight stewardess who happened to be the leading stewardess (the one who wears the green color sarong kebaya for those of you familiar with Singapore Airlines). As she flipped through the inflight magazine trying to make sense of my incoherent mumblings (which tends to happen to me when I get anxious and nervous), she saw through my desperation. Smiling sweetly, she teasingly asked, “Who’s your favorite singer?” I must have blushed as I replied with a hint of hesitation, “David Archuleta”. Her reaction surprised me. She burst excitedly into hysterics of, “Touch My Hand! Oh Touch My Hand! Touch My Hand, rite?!” before launching into unceasing chatter of how she bumped into him by accident at Terminal 3 of the Singapore airport while she was heading to work. It was the day after his interview with a Singapore radio station, Class 95 FM, and she said he was doing some shopping at the airport. She said she was surprised that he was rather small-sized. I coolly took out my picture with him on my iPhone to show to her, not to brag of course, but to give an unspoken signal that I was a proud, loyal fan of his. She patiently listened to my story on how I got that photo with him. I instantly regretted not carrying a David Archuleta album with me in my handbag on-the-go; she was the perfect candidate for gifting her his album.
Aaaah, David Archuleta, forever loved by the Singapore Girl.