The artist whose second album Trespassing is coming out in March, is consistently included in the list 50 most influential gays in America.
Q1: Adam! January 29 you turned 30. How does it feel?
A1: A little shocked - 30, it can't be! On the other hand, I am coming to terms with the changes. I am more whole and happy than before.
Q2: How did it influence your new album?
A2: My first CD For Your Entertainment was theatrical, influenced by lives of rock stars. Trespassing is more real, down to earth and from the heart, not from imagination. For example, there are some gay themes included in this album. I think on the new album I'm completely honest.
Q3: Does it have anything to do with your personal life?
A3: Yes, I have a boyfriend now, Sauli Koskinen. He is from Finland, and we live together. In the past, the fate was pushing toward people who needed help or to be pulled out of trouble - or maybe, I myself was attracted to this kind of people. Fortunately, now it's all in the past.
Q4: On your new album you collaborated with Pharrel Williams, the author of hit songs for Britney, Christina and Lady Gaga. How did it happened?
A4: When my record company called and said that I am to fly to Miami to record with Pharrel, my first reaction was, " Oh no, I am not cool enough!". But everything went well. The whole process of creating new songs was easy and happy, with plenty of ideas.
Q5: Should we expect a new sound?
A5: I guess, the most important thing my fans are expecting from me is my voice. Lyrics and music come first, then production - it's a game. As for my vocals, I gave it all I have.
Q6: What are your songs are about this time?
A6: The main topic of the album is a search for oneself, which I understand as a learning things that make you happy and give sense of security. These are very deep personal topics and I hope they will apply to everyone. These songs are about searching, discoveries and errors that come with it. They include the whole range of human feelings from "Great, everything is fine" to "Oh God, how could I stay with this person". I tried not to miss anything.
Q7: Does it mean that in your songs you speak about your own discoveries about yourself? A7: Yes. I guess, after this album everyone will know what kind of person I am. My first album was, as I mentioned, was theatrical and over the top. There were happy songs in which I tried on different masks, paid homage to my idols and teachers. That was exactly how I wanted my first album to be, but this time I spoke about myself.
Q8: When artists speak about themselves, it's very often about love, isn't it?
A8: I agree. It’s a feeling that applies to everyone - everyone is searching for love, everyone hopes to have an encounter that will change their life. Of course, I talk about it on my album. But it's not the only topic - I believe everyone wants to be happy and everyone has moments when they feel lonely, when they ask questions about their purpose of existence on this earth. Everyone.
Q9: You are happy?
A9: Yes. Finally. All my twenties I was unhappy in love. I chased people that were not worth of my love. It was not even love, only some kind of longing. All this time I waited and believed that someday I will meet THE ONE. And it happened!
Q10: Do you remember your feelings when such a huge label RCA offered you a contract?
A10: Yes, of course. It was unreal - all my dreams have come true, I got everything I ever wanted. I was happy, proud and grateful. I think every teenager is fantasizing about being a rock star. I was one of them and have to tell you - it was amazing. To sing, entertain people, make their life happier, make them forget their problems for some time - it's amazing, the best job in the world!
Q11: Looking back - would you change anything on your first album?
A11: No. No. The first album is exactly how I wanted it to be. Everything was happening for the first time and in a great hurry. It was written in glam rock style of Bowie and Boy George, and it was a happy place. But on my new album I have not only retro but many different styles.
Q12: Adam, did you try to analyze why you love glam, makeup and wigs?
A12: Of course. It all started in my youth when I felt insecure about my look, mostly about my skin and weight. It was then that I first wanted to put the mask on. Since then - I liked it!
Q13: When did you come out to your parents?
A13: I was 18 and still a virgin. I was raised in a very nurturing environment. First time I left home and saw the world at 19 when I got a singer job on a cruise ship. I still remember when on one of the Pacific islands I, for the first time, encountered poverty of the Third World - it was an unforgettable nightmare for me, a middle class child, who always had bread for breakfast.
Q14: Do you have any moments in your life that you regret now?
A14: I was 21 when I moved to Hollywood to pursue my musical career. But I wasn't very successful - in 2004 I was hired to be a part of the musical The Ten Commandments, with Bill Kilmer, but the musical failed. I started to drink a lot, smoked tons of pot and did cocaine. I don't want to hide it - it happened. But every time I felt terrible the next day - that's why I didn't get addicted.
Q15: Weren't you afraid to lose some fans when you admitted that you are gay?
A15: I don't think that these kind of close-minded people would love my music anyway. If someone was put off by it, it is their problem, in my opinion. It was always important for me to be open about it. Only after it came out, I started feeling comfortable and more confident. I want to be honest.
Q16: Do you think it has affected your career?
A16: At first I was worried, there was no lack of negativity, sometimes I thought that I went too far. To admit your sexual orientation is not simple in 21st century - how many openly gay people do you know in the music industry? But then I decided that I must follow the decision I made earlier. And since then I didn't have any doubts or regrets.
Q17: What do you think about girls who through their underwear to you on stage?
A17: Where have they been 10 years ago when I needed that self-confidence? To be honest, I find it amusing - there are not many openly gay singers in pop industry.
Q18: You have million followers on Twitter. Have you ever expected anything like that?
A18: It's crazy. I still can't believe that I take my phone and type anything that comes to my head and there are million people reading it. In my opinion, it's even dangerous.
Q19: What song do you listen to the most now?
A19: Someone Like You by Adele. This song gets deep into my soul. It's very emotional and this kind of songs inspire and touch me the most. I like modern music, electric pop and modern rock but they don't often become an ear worm like this simple song.
Q20: There are rumors that you are going to do something with Queen again. Is it true?
ADAM LAMBERT ON MAKING OF "TRESPASSING" AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD CRY
Posted by Emily Exton on 04/19/2012 at 4:32 PM Exclusive, News
We’re one day closer, Glamberts. After nearly three years and more delays than we would have liked, Adam Lambert’s sophomore album, Trespassing, will be released on May 15. Taking control of a majority of the writing duties and collaborating with some of pop’s biggest names (Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee) Lambert promises a diverse, multi-dimensional listening experience that is more than worth the wait. Popdust caught up with The Glam One, who spoke about the recording process, the perfect activities to accompany his new tracks (hint: crying and partying both make the cut) and which songs we need to request at our local karaoke bar ASAP. Y’know, all the important stuff.
POPDUST: Complete this sentence: Listening to my new album will make people feel ___: ADAM LAMBERT: Well, depending on what part of the album they’re listening to, it will either make them feel fierce and liberated, or kind of sad—in a cathartic, commiserating way.
What’s the meaning behind the album title? “Trespassing” is one of the tracks that I co-wrote with Pharrell Williams, and after we finished it I realized it was basically a mission statement for what I’m about right now, as an artist, a musician and a person. It’s about breaking down barriers and rebelliously marching forward.
What activity should people engage in while listening to Trespassing? The first half of the album is pretty up-beat and dance-oriented so I picture people out at parties, or maybe on the treadmill or driving. The second half of the album gets much darker and more emotional, so I can see people sitting quietly and thinking to it.
Who were you listening to while making the record? I’m always listening to what’s current—Top 40 for the most part. One of the things we explored on this album was a funkier sensibility. I was really diving into Prince and Rufus and Michael Jackson, some of his earlier stuff, and then [into] kind of a ’90s world [with] George Michael and later Michael Jackson. There’s a little Nine Inch Nails energy in there, too.
How many times have you listened to your own album? You don’t want to know. You don’t want to know. [Laughs] When I get involved in the project, I’m in and down the rabbit hole. I’ve been quite obsessed.
Are there any songs that your exes will think are about them? Probably. [Laughs.]
Do you have a favorite lyric from the record? There’s a lyric in “Underneath” that goes: “Welcome to my world of truth / I don’t want to hide anything from you.” It’s pretty straight ahead but that sums up the darker material: it’s very revealing. And then “Trespassing” has a lot of lyrics like, “Make their faces crack / There’s no turning back.” I think that’s part of that mission statement; I’m hear to open your mind and open your eyes.
How much of the album is auto-tuned? I only use it here and there to enhance. I definitely don’t use it as much as some people.
Do you have a favorite button on the mixing board? I don’t know what the buttons do! [Laughs] But I like delay on my vocals, I like when vocals are echoey.
What song from the album should we use as our go-to karaoke song? I think “Never Close Our Eyes” is going to be a great karaoke song. That’s karaoke gold right there.
Do you have a favorite karaoke song? When I used to go to karaoke I used to sing “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus. I used to love singing that song. The other one I would do is “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. And “Open Arms” by Journey, of course.
While you were recording, how many times did you hear people mention Adele? When I was working on this album she was tearing up the charts and it was kind of like, “Well, that’s the exception to the rule.” [But] there is no rule, and she taught everybody that. People in the industry always want to predict the trends, predict what’s going to work or not work, and tell you what you have to do. She relied on a great song and a great voice, so there you go.
Is there a “Someone Like You” among the tracks? There’s probably something on there for a good cry. “Underneath” has pretty powerful lyrics, and “Outlaws of Love” as well.
So you’re in favor of a good cry? Yeah, I love a good cry.
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maitospf: crazyladym...happening to me too!
May 15, 2013 19:42:49 GMT -5
ayleim: Just checking - so there were NO Adam-sightings in the performance show right? Then I don't have to worry about being near the TV later tonight, I can just listen from the kitchen. :D
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Q3: The second log-in is part of the security system to protect the site from hackers. If you want to avoid it, select the option to keep me logged in.
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vivlite: Good to know about the log-in option..I kept wondering if I was imagining things when I had to log on twice..whew..
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vivlite: Gotta stop down here more often..
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crazylady: Q3, thanks for the update on the login process! Really appreciate it!
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maitospf: Yes thank you Q3. Thought I was jinked there for a minute
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maitospf: Woops - sorry! jinxed (the ghosts of my english teachers would haunt me for not proofreading, so there you you go) ... 8-|
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minnie12: this is great, Sauli deserves the support. There's no negativity here and that's nice.
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minnie12: Nice to see all the pics of Sauli and his friends. Has a lot of female friends. Goes out a lot with Ade?
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blueberry: A tech question. When I post, I'm stuck in BB Code, can't get back to Preview. Any ideas? I have Preview as default in my profile, but that doesn't help.
May 18, 2013 23:56:59 GMT -5
Q3: blueberry. there should be a two labels on tabs at the bottom of the REPLY box -- one labeled Preview and one labeled BBCode. Can you see these or are they gone?
May 19, 2013 2:08:40 GMT -5
blueberry: Q3, I can still see the labels, but when I click on the Preview label, nothing happens. And every time I start a new post, it automatically takes me to BB Code. Otherwise it doesn't matter, but posting pictures would be easier in Preview (copy+paste).
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JazzRocks: Q3 - I forgot where I click to make a contribution to Atop.
May 19, 2013 10:30:45 GMT -5
Q3: Oh in the site conversion the link to support ATop went away. I will restore it.
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JazzRocks: Thanks Q3.
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QueeenAl: Adaaaaam! Is in my city, breathing the same air, and tonight I will hear Love wins over Glamour LIVE for the first time! --- I think that is shout-worthy :-D
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butterfly: QueeenAl, you lucky girl! Take it all!!!
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mszue: grrr Q3....is there an option to this pro boards? Is there a reason you like this host? it is absolutely the worst operating frustration...there is barely a day when everything is working as it should and it has been weeks now! grrrrrr frustrating
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