PopEater Interviews David Archuleta – Clay, Crushes, and Cook

David Archuleta

Ashley Iasimone,
PopEater

‘American Idol’ runner-up David Archuleta has been an awfully busy guy. Fresh off the ‘Idol’ tour, the 17-year-old singer has released his first single and video (‘Crush’), filmed a guest spot on the television show ‘iCarly’ and got the golden ticket of an invite to Miley Cyrus’ recent Disneyland Sweet 16. As if that weren’t enough, Archuleta is putting the final touches on his debut album. Archuleta took a break from recording to talk to PopEater about his career plans, Clay Aiken, crazy fans and more.

Many ‘American Idol’ alums have gone on to have bountiful careers. Is there one in particular you aspire to have?
Jordin [Sparks] — her being my age — I really look up to her. I think her journey’s been the most similar to mine. She’s an amazing singer, and her style … she understood that she was young and didn’t have to run with a certain type of music so quickly. She allowed herself to have some space, some growing. That’s really cool of her.

What do you have planned as far as your album is concerned?
What we’ve been trying to do is keep a nice mixture of songs, so I don’t limit myself too much. It had to be done so quickly. People can take a year sometimes, just working on songs and thinking, “OK, what direction do I want to go on this album?” I knew had a few months, and those months were taken up doing a tour, so it was interesting trying to juggle both of those things at once. When I’d have a day off, I’d go record. But I don’t want to keep myself limited with this album.

Have you heard from your former ‘Idol’ competition, David Cook, about your single, ‘Crush’?
He liked it. He was like, “Your single sounds awesome.” He sent me a text when he first heard it. On tour, everyone would be singing it, joking around. I was just like, [laughs] “Stop!”

What do you think of David Cook’s new single, ‘Light On’?
I love it! He played us a few songs during tour and it sounded so good. I bought it the first day [it was released]. I’m a big fan of Cook. He’s been a really great guy through this whole thing. He’s always looked after me on tour and on the show, and he’s always giving great advice.

Who was your first celebrity or real-life crush?
I’ve always been kind of weird about the celebrity thing because it’s like, how do you like someone who you’ve never met? It’s just kind of weird for me. But I guess people feel like they get to know their celebrity crushes. I know there are a lot of fans that feel that way with me! [laughs] It’s so weird how people can get with that kind of stuff. I’ve always felt like I was too young. It’s like, “You’re not old enough to have a girlfriend.” But lately, it’s been about getting to know the person. There are some people who I definitely want to get to know better.

Have you ever read any of the fan fiction stories written about you?
I’ve actually never gone on the message boards. I’ve always thought it was good to stay away from that kind of stuff. Like, I read my comments on MySpace and the voice messages and the blog comments, but that’s as far as I’ll go. I’m a little scared.

What was your reaction to fellow ‘Idol’ Clay Aiken’s decision to come out?
I didn’t really think about it a whole lot. Entertainment stuff bugs me so much — they’re just so interested in other people’s lives. Whatever, it’s his life. You have to respect … how he lives.

In the corn maze that’s based on you in Utah, they cut ‘Archuleta 4 President.’ If you were President, what would you do?
Try and change those poor areas in America. We’re always thinking, “Oh, the third world countries,” but there’s some areas in our country where it’s really sad. I don’t think a lot of Americans realize what’s really going on. It’d be kind of cool to help fix up those areas — help some of our people who aren’t getting a lot of recognition to live better lives.

If you were old enough to vote, who would you vote for in the upcoming presidential election?
I haven’t done a lot of studying on that just because I’m not old enough, and especially since I’ve been working on the album during all the debates. So I don’t really know a whole lot. I just hear about all the YouTube Sarah Palin stuff. I feel bad for her.

Given your age. do you plan on going to your high school prom?
Well, at my school it’s a junior prom, and I’m a senior. But they have senior ball at my school. I kind of missed the whole prom experience, but that’s fine. I mean, it’s like, would I rather be at prom or would I rather be on [‘American Idol’]?

What’s the first thing you’d do if you could travel without parental supervision?
With the ‘American Idol’ experience, I had to have a guardian. It was like the rules for a minor to have a guardian with you all the time. Now that the show’s over, I pretty much can do whatever. I guess [I’d do] the same stuff as now. [My parents] are pretty easy-going. They’ve never been really strict on me, but they still helped raise me to who I am. They trust me to do whatever I want because it’s not like I’m gonna go do weird, absurd, crazy things.

Do you speak Spanish well, and would you consider making a Spanish language record?
Oh, yeah. With my grandma — who doesn’t speak a whole lot of English — I speak Spanish to her. I’m not the greatest person at the world at speaking that, and sometimes I have issues understanding. But when I was little, it was my first language. When I moved to Utah, I kind of forgot everything. I’ve actually definitely considered doing a Spanish album just because it’s been so much a part of my life, even musically. My mom always played salsa and merengue. It’d just be really cool to give back to that part of my culture because they’ve done so much for me.

What is your biggest fear?
Responsibility, I guess, because [fans] are just wanting you to do your best. You want to do your best for them and also for your family. I just don’t want to let them down. That’s one of my biggest fears — to disappoint people. But there will always be someone who’ll be disappointed in whatever you do. Phobias … I don’t like needles. It’s something I definitely could get over, but I just hate them.

You have quite the future ahead of you. Is college part of that journey?
College would be really important if things kind of slowed down for me. I’d always want to do music, but if music doesn’t work out, you definitely need education as a back up. Music careers don’t usually last forever. Something I’ve always been interested in is the ear, nose [and] throat doctor thing, just because it’d be cool to help people who’ve had problems with their voice. I’ve had a lot of problems with my voice in the past. It’s a lot of schooling, but it’s something I’ve found interest in. When you’re 17 it’s not like, “This is what my life is.” You’re still trying to figure it out, as a person.

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~ by archuletafanscene on October 8, 2008.

3 Responses to “PopEater Interviews David Archuleta – Clay, Crushes, and Cook”

  1. Just as I suspected he is a well grounded normal teenager who is working on finding out who he is. Even adults David have trouble with responsibility and you seem to be doing great. It all comes with time and experience, your not supposed to have all the answers yet. Your actually ahead of the game by realizing you still need to experience life a little before making serious decisions. Thank you for your concern about your fans and what we need or want, but always remember we will support you no matter what the future holds for you. We love you and care that you are enjoying your music. Thank you for sharing that with us.

  2. David, I’m so thankful that you joined American Idol because we got to know you and hear your music. You are such a positive influence in our lives and we are many and because of that, there’s hope that this world will become a better place to live in.

    You are a responsible individual even though you don’t realize it because you care about other people. You are not self-centered. We love you and we wish you success in all your endeavors. Again, thank you for your music and the person that you are.

  3. David.. i loved all of your responses. You are so blessed – not just becuase of your voice and the wonderful future you’ll have and your beautiful family and personality- you are blessed because you are grounded and know who you are!

    I don’t know you personally.. but I can’t help loving you to death!.. not in a weird “cougar” way either.. just from one person to another.

    Be good and stay safe.;)

    Miami fan

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