Let’s read a couple highlights from an interview BuddyTV recently conducted with American Idol runner-up, Blake Lewis. His album hit stores this week…
How would you describe the feel of the album, and the songs that are on the album, to someone who might not be a fan of yours yet?
Easy. Well, if they were born in the ‘80s they’ll get it. I call it my 2080s record. All of my influences are very ’80s derived: Michael Jackson, Prince, U2, The Police, The Cure, Erasure, New Order, Depeche Mode. All of my melodic tendencies are basically ‘80s driven, so the record has this very electro soul funk pop kind of feel to it, where every song transitions or doesn’t transition into the next song.
Just like an electronic mix tape or a hip-hop mix tape. Yeah, there you have it. It’s called ADD, Audio Day Dream. Everyone thought I had ADD growing up just because I’m very high energy and focused.
Why should Blake Lewis worry? The American Idol favorite has a new album out and a legion of fans.
You’ve been making music for a long time now. Do any of the song’s have origins prior to American Idol?
Oh yeah, definitely. The whole concept of the album has been mine for years. I have old sample discs that say “B Shorty, ADD Sampler” from like four years ago. Three, four years ago. So definitely there’s a lot of concepts of songs that I wrote that were in my book and my journals.
There’s definitely a lot of stuff on there from the past, and working with these amazing producers that have inspired me for years. I’m very fortunate to make an album that I’m very passionate about.
Check out the entire interview with Lewis now.