A magnificent interview

Posted by fiipas at 2:18 am
Jun 272009


David Archuleta’s self-titled debut album was released in November and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. As of May, it had sold more than 700,000 copies in the U.S. No matter what the cuddly, cute 18-year-old accomplishes from here on out, nothing is likely to compare to the goose bumps that viewers felt during the “American Idol” finale in 2008 when Archuleta lost to the considerably more experienced — and scruffier — David Cook.

Although he didn’t capture the “Idol” title, he succeeded in building a fan base known as the “Archies,” who seem poised to make David Archuleta one of the biggest names in American pop music for years to come.

Bankrate spoke to Archuleta about the release of his first CD, that first exciting recording experience and how he’s coping with stardom.

Bankrate: Tell me about the recording of the CD.

David Archuleta: If you include roughs and demos, we probably did over 25 songs, just to see which sounded best. Sometimes, there were songs I didn’t like until I went into the studio and started recording them. I mean, I liked them but didn’t know if they were for me, and then they worked out really well.

Bankrate: Can you give me an example of a song you weren’t that high on until you recorded it?

David Archuleta: “Your Eyes Don’t Lie.”

Bankrate: Why did you initially think it wasn’t for you?

David Archuleta: I just thought it was really different. It was a more groovy song. Then, there was another one that I actually wrote that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull off. But now it’s one of my favorite songs to perform.

Bankrate: Which song?

David Archuleta: “Don’t Let Go.” It was one I co-wrote with JC Chasez (from ‘N Sync) and Jimmy Harry. They’re just really cool guys to work with.

Bankrate: Did you have one or two producers who were your main mentors guiding this record?

David Archuleta: There wasn’t really just one person. Every song had a different producer. One of the writers of “Crush,” Eman, I did more with him. There were three songs he co-wrote on the album, so I think he wrote the most.

Bankrate: What were some of the things he brought to the record and helped to teach you about making records?

David Archuleta: I was really comfortable with the way he worked. The way he did things really suited my style of pop, and the way I sing. He was a really great fit. Another one of the writers, David Hodges, it was really cool to be able to talk to him because he’s worked with a ton of people. He worked with David Cook and Kelly Clarkson, and he used to be in Evanescence. I was actually a fan of his already because he was in a band called Trading Yesterday. So it was really cool to work with him — someone I looked up to already. Also, Eman wrote “To Be With You” with Kara DioGuardi. She did the backup vocals for me on that song, and she’s the fourth judge on “American Idol.” … She worked with both me and David Cook.

Bankrate: Working with all these great people, what were some of the things you learned about recording a CD?

David Archuleta: It was really interesting to see how it all worked, and doing writing sessions with other people. I’d never paid attention to the way a song was mixed until now. I think it’s really fascinating. With all the writing sessions I had, I was a little hesitant to give my input. But the more sessions I had, the more input I gave, and I was really willing to say, “How about this,” and, “That didn’t work that great.” … You just keep bouncing (ideas) off each other until you are really happy with the song.

Bankrate: Considering that this is your first album, did you find the process intimidating?

David Archuleta: It happened so fast that I was so excited. There were a few months given to work on the album, and since I was on tour for most of that, it was like, “I wonder how I’m going to pull this off.” But I’m really happy with what we accomplished in such a small amount of time.

Jun 262009

michael-jacksonGone too soon, Michael.

When asked to write a tribute for Michael Jackson, I was both delighted and dumbfounded. I have so much to tell, but I find myself unworthy to write about a legend like MJ.

Hence, I’ll let him, his music and his compatriots testify to it instead. Everyone has so much to say. Let’s just remember him as the musician, the singer, the dancer, and all the perfection that he is on stage, Michael Jackson. This, I believe, is what he wanted to show the world.

The Dancer
“I keep on dancing… and dancing… and dancing. Until there is only… the dance.” – MJ

(If you have limited time to spare, watch the last 5 minutes.)

The Singer
“Like Judy Garland of the 1930s, Michael sounded simultaneously old and young, naive and wise, shy and bold, a crosscurrent of youth and aged energies…he possessed all the qualities of the greatest singers-smoldering passion, personalized phrasing, unique enunciation, a singular sense of harmony, an exquisite sensitivity… Flexiblity was his forte, yet Michael always remained Michael, hopeful, funky, tasteful, intense beyond reason.”

Gone Too Soon.
How does he use a note lasting 10 secs to show the fragility of life? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0mcxmCGetI]

A love song for a rat.

The Musician
It wasn’t JUST talents alone. He worked hard. From a fanboy to an idol of millions.

“Well, I look over in the wings, and there’s this little kid gawking at me. Just gawking. I shoo him away…Next show, the kid’s back, still gawking. Now I’m pissed. I tell him to get lost. After the show…here he comes again. Nervy kid. Shy but nervy. Says he’s Michael Jackson and did I see him and his brothers’ opening act? No. Never heard of ‘em. Also says he’s sorry for disturbing me but he loves my singing and wants to know how I got the audience so worked up…I share a few secrets of the trade. Well, this kid’s listening like I’m giving out the combination for the vault at Fort Knox. You can hear the wheel’s turning inside his head.”
- Etta James, four-time Grammy winner

Have you read the credits for his songs?
At a time before music could be made electronically. Just two samples from his numerous songs.

Smooth Criminal
Written and composed by Michael J. Jackson
Rhythm arrangement by MJ
Vocal arrangement by MJ
Solo and background vocals by MJ
Clap by MJ

The Way You Make Me Feel
Written and composed by Michael J. Jackson
Rhythm arrangement by MJ
Vocal arrangement by MJ
Solo and background vocals by MJ
Finger snaps by MJ

You get the picture. Even the claps and finger snaps are by him. Yeah, even his fingers are musical.

The Perfection
Every move. Every step. Every flick of his hands. Every sound. Polished. Perfect timing. No mistake made. Let Michael speak for himself on the stage which is truly where he belongs.


There are just so much that we want to know about Michael. I thought Spielberg puts it well why sometimes, things are better left untouched.

“It must be hard for Michael to know how much the world wants to know him, to be like him, to consume him. He’s wisely created his own world in which to preserve the most honest parts of his identity. Those are the parts we love the most.” – Steven Spielberg

Michael, you taught me to dance. Because of you, I brushed my teeth without moving my hand just so I can perfect the head-jerk sideways. Because of you, I wore socks at home and tried to moonwalk. I might be myopic today because of you too, from watching your concert on VHS tape on loop every day (starting from the very next day I watched you “live” at the age of 8.)

Thank you for being part of my childhood, my adolescence, and my teenage years. And now, you live on in the stage etched in my memory.

“Born to amuse, to inspire to delight.
Here one day, gone one night.”


P.P.S There is something about David that reminds me of Michael. The childlike tenor of his voice? The natural talent? The innocence?

Jun 262009


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You Can


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Touch My Hand


Waiting For Yesterday – Love this one


My Hands


You Can – a killer


Works For Me – the energy!




Don’t Let Go – The delicious “hmmm” at the ending






Zero Gravity




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Receiving GOLD for his debut album


Touch My Hand


Waiting For Yesterday


You Can




My Hands


Don’t Let Go


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Some BTS photos from a phtoshoot in Singapore! Thanks Snarkys for the heads up!

OMG i seriously stopped breathing for a few seconds lookin at this!


So seems like Diva-boy-brilliant-songwriter(LOL!) Jesse McCarteney might have some credits in D boy’s new ALBUM! and it definitely is awesome news!:))
Jive Records just reached out to me last week and they want me to write for David Archuleta’s new album. – Jesse McCarteney

You can read more about it here

Oh and have you guys see this? If not you should coz it’s just BRILLIANT! that Intro ZOMGGGG! how I wish I was there!


you know what! every video from this user is jus freakin awesome! thank youuuu, 8throwcenter!

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OMG that “faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace” was suuuuuuper right ON!!!! David, you ROCK my socks!!

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Hello all. I’ve come to give you my attempt at a SHORT blog report for the day. The tour with Demi has begun, and the first couple of shows have been great!! Demi is a wickedly talented girl! I’m glad to be on tour with her and am looking forward to an awesome Summer with her. I’m very happy to see the fans again too!! I’ve missed seeing all of you lol. Thanks for coming to the shows you guys! It really means a lot and makes it quite enjoyable. It’s great seeing all the old familiar faces and catching up, and then also getting to meet new faces as well. SO THANK YOU FOR COMING!!

Today I got my RIAA certified gold plaque for my album!!! It’s so cool you guys!! What an accomplishment it is to get one of those. You see other artists’ plaques on the walls of recording studios and stuff, so to have one of my own is seriously so surreal. Thanks for each and everyone of you fans for buying an album to make it happen! Maybe one day we’ll even go platinum! Craziness! As soon as I get a picture I’ll try and upload it somewhere haha. It’s not exactly a literal gold album, but it has my picture and the RIAA certification thingy on it… So it’s official! haha.

So today seems like a lot is has been happening with good music coming out! If you didn’t know already, Regina’s new album came out today!!! WDf;oihegalkejdgnaelkgjaehfgpiuhchachacharmin;asdghdf;oiaub!!!! I just got back from the city so I haven’t listened to it yet. I’m so excited to though! I’ve been listening to Begin to Hope to warm me up for the new stuff though, and after I finish writing this blog I’m going to let my ears have some Regina Spektorism treatment. I want to listen to it the whole way through without anything keeping me busy or distracting me, so now after the busy day I’m going to sit back and enjoyyyyy.

Brooke White’s 2nd single has also come out! It’s called Radio Radio. When I was in LA a few weeks ago she played it for me in the car and it always gets in my head! Radio radio, tell me what I wanna know wanna know. Michael Johns’ album has also come out today!! I’d get it if I had more money in my iTunes account lol. I only have 4 cents left, and I might need to just reset the account info or something but I’ll figure it out soon! It’s been acting up for a while but someone gave me a gift card so I was able to get Regina’s album and Brooke’s single haha. Thank you for the gift card though! Carly Smithson also has her new band! Woot woot woot. It’s called We Are the Fallen and you can check out their new song on www.myspace.com/wearethefallen. You should check it all out! I’m really excited for all my idol buddies! haha. I also heard that it’s Jason Mraz’s birthday today on this music-packed day, so happy birthday to Jason!

Ok, so I think I’m done for this blog entry! Hooray for not rambling as much! What’s funny is it takes me just as long to make short blogs as it does long blogs haha. Wait.. maybe even longer! Because it takes quite the effort to summarize what I want to say. As long as it makes sense though and there’s not so much dead space for those who read, I’m happy. Well all right, before I allow myself to ramble even more I’ll talk to you guys later!

Song for the day: Radio Radio – Brooke White

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Interview of David Archuleta on AXN’s Sony Style TV Magazine


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David Archuleta on Sony Style Commercial


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David tweeted about this video, “Jason and Ximena TOGETHER? AND woo hoo for Spanish!”

Simply beautiful.


Works For Me

My Hands

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Makes a mental note to get MP3′s from these videos:

Apologize – The Voice!


Zero Gravity – Amazing Energy!


To Be With You – The Emotions!


Works For Me – He stepped it real high up!


Touch My Hand


You Can


Don’t Let Go




My Hands


Waiting For Yesterday – Powerful beyond words!


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Don’t Let Go

You Can

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