The Idolator Interview: Adam Lambert


For your entertainment (and, sure, ours too), we caught up with Adam Lambert and Kris Allen at the Us Weekly Hot in Hollywood party at Voyeur nightclub last night. (The magazine honored both guys in its “Stars of the Year” coverage—Adam was named “Glam God of the Year” and Kris “Victor of the Year.”) Tomorrow we’ll be posting our interview with the adorable and subdued Allen, but for now, check out our heart-to-heart with the delicious little space alien known as @adamlambert:

Adam Lambert: I love your hair!
Becky Bain: I love your hair! I can already tell we’re kindred spirits. So, your album is on heavy rotation in the office.

AL: Aww. Thank you! The streaming thing? Awesome.
BB: I’m especially digging “Fever,” the track Lady Gaga wrote and gave to you.
AL: I am too! It was awesome.
BB: What did you learn about recording or songwriting in general from working with Gaga?
AL: You know it’s really just an energy thing. Doing all these songs, different producers, different writers, it’s always a different vibe in the world, and Gaga is so free and expressive and eccentric that she brought that out in me, she encouraged that side to come out. She was definitely on the other side of the recording studio, the other side of the glass, egging me on. “More! Crazier! Go further with it!” It was fun. I think we caught the spirit of rock ‘n roll in there.
BB: Was there pressure to make yours different and change up what she started with?
AL: That demo was from five or six years ago, I believe. I think we both felt that was important to make it my own and do something that was more current.
BB: I must know—does Gaga wear sweatpants when no one’s looking or taking photos of her?
AL: (Laughs) That’s one of the things that shocked me. She walked in the studio wearing this beautiful coat and took off the coat and was wearing this bra top and midriff and this see-through pencil skirt with these crazy fishnet stockings and platform stripper boots. She was incredible. That is the real deal.
adamcd2BB: How about you? Are you moussing up your hair and donning eyeliner when no one’s around, or is this more of an outfit expected for you to wear now?
AL: I like to wear crazy stuff. I mean, if I’m hanging out at home watching TV… But I like expressing myself,  I like stuff that’s not typical. I like being different. Being different and being eccentric feels normal to me.
BB: The dance tracks on your album are infectious—particularly the opening song “Music Again,” it makes me want to jump out of my chair. But you’ve still got a few downbeat tracks on the album, like “Broken Open” and “Time for Miracles”, but are we ever gonna hear you do something less synth-heavy? We know you can pull it off like you did on Idol with songs such as “Change is Gonna Come.”
AL: Maybe someday. It’s possible. I do believe in the power of song and melody and lyric and those are the most important things to me. I love production as well, but at the heart of it that’s what makes a great song. I’m sure there will come a time when we strip it down.
BB: Speaking of a stripped down sound, have you listened to Kris Allen’s album?
AL: I have. It’s fantastic. I got a copy from a publicist. What I love about his album is he really stayed true to what made him so fantastic on the show because he’s an incredible musician, he’s got a beautiful voice and he’s honest. I  think those songs really captured his spirit.
BB: Let’s talk about some other things going on in pop music. What’s your take on the Britney lip-synch controversy?
AL:I don’t know what it is.
BB: She lip-synched concerts in Australia and they had a hissy-fit, basically.
AL: They haven’t been watching her career for the past few years? That’s what she does.
BB: Is lip-synching during  a performance something a pop artist should be ashamed of? Or should audiences just know better going into a show?
AL: It depends on the type of performer you are. Some are known for their voices, and some are performers. I think Britney is a fantastic performer, I think she’s a lot of fun, and gorgeous. She’s dancing! And something when you’re dancing really hard, it’s hard to sing. She’s gotta do what she’s gotta do.
BB: Are we gonna see some dancing on your (not yet announced) upcoming tour? A shimmy or two?
AL: Oh yeah! I love to dance. I don’t know about a shimmy. And no jazz hands! No, we’re not going Broadway with this. Perhaps some pelvic rotations, a bump here or there, and a grind.

BB: When’s the tour?
AL: I don’t know! Hopefully next year. We’ll see how the album does.
BB: Arena thing or something smaller?
AL: No idea. No clue. I’d love to do an arena thing because I would love to have dancers and costumes and lights and smoke and fireworks. I wanna do something that is theatrical and that is a full musical and visual experience for the audience and take them on a journey and give them a lot to take in.

We know we can’t wait for the balls-off-the-wall spectacle of what Adam’s tour is sure to be—his performance at the American Music Awards this Sunday may give us a sneak preview of what’s to come. In the meantime, listen to Adam’s album For Your Entertainment streaming on his MySpacepage. The album is out Nov. 23, strobe lights and peyote not included.

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  • elvinsin

    Buzznet ruined this site, my last time coming here. I gave it a week to get better. Off to find a new music blog.

  • http://vivalamainstream.wordpress.com VivaLaMainstream

    I…this…how…there are no words.

    I don’t even like Adam Lambert, but it would have been cool to pick his brain and see how he thinks about his music. Instead I learn that Lady Gaga is a fucking nutcase and there may or may not be a tour and that he likes to dance. Oh, and ONE music related question. When crochety old farts complain about how bloggers aren’t really journalists, this is the kind of vapid crap they’re talking about.

  • lol

    I’m buying his and Kris’s album. First Idol related albums I’ll be buying. I own Kelly record but it was given to me so that doesn’t count.

  • loll

    *Kelly’s

  • Bri

    Haven’t been on here for a while. What happened to the old blogger?

  • andrea

    love it love it love it…i need to see him in concert..he is hottttttt!!!!!

  • Gina

    thanks for the great interview. you asked some interesting questions. Loved his description of gaga’s outfit. fierce!

  • mm

    I follow Adam news and I’ve heard him answer the same 20 questions for months and months. These were mostly answers I hadn’t heard before, so nice job! It was a fun interview!

    One nitpick — while I love that you embedded part of the Bowie medley, there are SO many videos of that performance readily available on youtube. The one you chose is really poor quality.

  • AdamFan

    Great interview…….Adam is always so well spoken….He is just amazing. I thought you asked really good questiong and got some good answers from Adam…..can’t wait for the arena tour and some bumping a nd grinding from Adam. WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Becky Bain

    @mm: thanks for letting us know, we switched out the old video with a more high-quality one.

  • B

    Great interview!!

    Adam,pleeeaaase don’t ever lyp-sync!! Your voice is too beautiful not to experience live. If you have to cut out a bump and grind or two to keep you from being winded,so be it (although your bumps and grinds are HOT!).

  • B

    **lip-sync** (Oh my,…thinking of bumping and grinding,I guess!!)

  • Mark

    Thanks for the article. I can’t wait to be able to buy Adam’s album. I love Lady Gaga too and would like them to collaborate more in the future.

  • TedL

    Nice Interview, Adam definitely knows who he is…Listened to his new songs the other day, and they blew me away…good job Adam..

    @elvinsin, take your toys and go home now…why did you even take the time to post…too much time on your hands.

  • B

    Just watched the Philly concert footage (*FLAIL*). It was one of my favourites!!

    Rotations,and bumping and grinding,oh my!! THUD!

    P.S. Liked what he said about Kris’ album. He’s such a great friend! I’ll buy Kris’ album now!

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  • whoneedslight

    Anyone want to talk about the Deer Tick/Neko Case show I saw last night? Oh wait, it’s not that kind of site anymore.

  • Jermaine

    I miss the old Idolator man.

    Adam’s great. Talent aside, he’s just so nice, good humored, doesn’t take himself seriously etc. I love that.

    Can’t believe he produced such a solid first album in less than 2 months. With the exception of Aftermath and TFM (which should’ve been replaced with Master Plan or one of the other bonus tracks), his album is ACE. It’ll prob. be mindblowing live.

    He has Smashing Pumpkins’ Lisa Harrington in his band, Madonna’s bassist, Tommy Joe and Yellowcard drummer LP. He did WELL.

    Not to mention the contributions from Paul McCartney’s band, MJ’s guitarist, Weezer, Pink, Muse, Greg Wells, Gaga, Cavallo, Justin Hawkins, Weezer…for his album.

    Add them to his fanbase ranging from from Slash, to Queen who still want to work with him, Tim Burton, Manson to Aerosmith. Epic lol.

    One critique for his PR people. Make him do more video interviews because his personality is really nice as in friendly, charming and personable contrary to his public image and serious face photos.

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  • Jermaine

    I said Weezer twice LOL.

  • SPOCK

    Lol I know this site likes to mock Gaga but I like her new stuff. Speechless is just good. She makes GOOD pop music, can sing her face off, keeps visuals alive. Same goes for Adam.

    “There hasn’t been anyone who’s brought that ’70s eccentric over-the-top operatic thing to a stage in a while. A lot of people on the charts are stylists, but not great singers. He’s lucky to be both. He’s a breath of fresh air.”

    I like his album a lot. Hope it does well when it’s released in a few days time because he’s agood lad.

    It’s cool that it turned out exactly how he described his vision months ago:

    “As if a 70s time-capsule blasted off into space and you’re watching it through a holographic filter”

    “Varied yet with a cohesive overall sound and lots of fusion. The album is a remix sampler for all the different directions he hopes to take in future.”

  • SPOCK

    EDIT: that should read ‘a good’.

  • Devo

    I agree @SPOCK

  • Jenn

    Adam is just lovely. Not my favorite interview, but it is always interesting to hear what he throws out there. Lady Gaga is interesting – out there as hell, but if you really pay attention, she is inovative. Adam’s album is really AWESOME!! I really love the entire thing. I particularly love the Queeneque – Music Again, the songs Sleepwalker, Broken Open, Fever and Soaked. He did a great job putting this together. His guitartist is Monte Pittman. He was with Adam in his previous band Citizen Vein and is Madonna’s guitarist as well. His band looks like it will be a kick and I can’t wait to watch Adam’s spicy career develop,

  • Angel

    Great interview. ADAM is a breath of fresh air with no pretense always just being his genuine honest self. His interviews always bring a smile to my face. Great guy.

  • ianaleah

    Great video, the ugliest photo of Adam I’ve ever seen(p.u. on the photoshopper) Not any real info in interview. Haven chosen that disgusting looking photo, I’m not resonating w this blogger at all. yuk.

  • aures

    Did you get a chance to interview Kris, too?

  • Mel

    Great interview, interesting read. The guy’s so friendly and well-spoken it’s hard not to like him. This is one album that’s definitely on the shopping list.

  • jonian2008

    Nice guy. Terrible interview.

  • staciegirlie

    Hello Ianaleah, I see you on nearly all the boards. Those pics aren’t too bad. I’ve seen worse.

  • staciegirlie

    The first pic is gorgeous. Not sure about the Britney line of questioning though.

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  • Leigh

    Watching that Bowie performance again – my gawd – what an entertainer! Can’t take your eyes off the guy. Incredible talent.
    P.S. Love the album – streaming it daily.

  • Glammy

    Awesome, Glad they didn’t mention his sexuality or personal life in this Interview. Adam needs to take control of that, hopefully he has.. not that I mind hearing but then everyone has something to add and he don’t need the drama.. This was refreshing!.. Bravo Adam!!

  • David Archuleta

    Not enough questions about his hair.

  • ugh

    Horrible photo and video choice. Love Adam though…

  • el polacko

    he’s not terribly self-aware, is he ? EVERYthing he does is totally broadway.

    these bowie covers make my ears cry.

  • @el

    Lol, are you kidding? He couldn’t be more in tune with himself if he tried. Watch his video interviews, instead of a tour vid, and instead of reading a written interview.

  • Jabberwocky

    What a crappy interview. But hey, we learned about Lady Gaga’s clothes and Britney’s lip-synch controversy. You really lost me though when you made the comments ..”are we ever gonna hear you do something less synth-heavy?…we know you can pull it off.” Oh, that’s right, you’re the interviewer so I’m sure you know better than Adam what his album should have sounded like. Am I the only one who found that a little insulting?

  • Jenn

    Jabberwocky I get tired of people telling Adam what he should and shouldn’t do period. The guy is extremely talented, very knowledgeable about music. is following his artistic vision with confidence and a great creative flair, and yet everyone seems to throw in a line about what he should be doing. Drives me nuts!!

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