“The Other Side of Down,” David Archuleta’s new album, is out in just two weeks.
And local fans will get a chance to hear some of that album Friday night, when David headlines that FM 97 (WLAN) Birthday Barn Dance at the Pullo Center at Penn State York.
Tickets are $18 and $25, and WLAN is giving some lucky fans a chance to meet the stars of the evening backstage. Other performers include Shontelle (check out “Impossible” and “Licky”), The Ready Set, Hot Chelle Rae and Runner Runner. Go here for details.
Meanwhile, David, still just 19, took time out of his busy schedule Tuesday to talk to Idol Chatter about his new album.
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David: I do, actually. I am actually really happy about that. The lyrics are just a lot more in tune with who I am as a person. I think (they will allow) a lot of people to connect with the more thoughtful and the lighter, goofier side of me.
Chatter: So, how many of the songs do you have songwriting credits on?
David: Ten of them. I was really excited. And the songs I didn’t write (“Complain” and “Falling Stars”), I still felt they were good additions. One of them is a really beautiful song. It’s not as much about my personality as it is about singing a very emotional, heartfelt song. The other one is a song I totally believe in. I feel like it’s my song because it’s something I believe in so much and it has a good message.
Chatter: Is songwriting something you’ve been doing for a long time, or is it a relatively new endeavor for you?
David: I did a couple of songs when I was 14 or 15. It’s not something I’ve done very much. It’s definitely something I’m just really getting the hang of. When I do try to write songs, it’s hard for me to complete or finish what I want to say.
Chatter: Judging from the updates you’ve been providing on your website, you did quite a bit of traveling to Nashville and back to collaborate with others on the songwriting for the album. Did that help?
David: It was really great. The people in Nashville, the thing that they’re focused on and what they try to bring out in an artist is a lot more heart-driven I think, than just looking for the hookiest, catchiest radio song. I think that was really great they were able to do that.
Chatter: Now, you said you wanted people to see the lighter, goofier side of you. Is that something you intentionally set out to do on this album? Because on Idol, when you got the most attention seemed to be when you sang very serious, emotional ballads.
David: I did. I feel like they are both sides of me. I just feel like the lighter side is the one I haven’t been able to show other than at my shows or in person to the fans.
Chatter: Why’d you decide to make The Other Side of Down the title track of the album and what’s the message you’re trying to relate through that song?
David: I chose that one because I felt like that song, the words, shows perfectly what I’m trying to do right now in my life. It just represented the stage and the way I’m looking at my life and the way I’m looking at the future.
You may not always know what life is going to give to you. Sometimes it’s like, wow, life can be confusing. But there’s always something that you can take to help you be hopeful and look at things optimistically. And be able to reach out and help other people look at it in a positive way too. Because I know a lot of people can get stuck in looking at life and thinking how difficult it can be and how frustrating it can be.
Chatter: Seeing as how you’ve had a hand in writing many of these songs, are there any you’re particularly proud of because of what you were able to accomplish lyrically, or a certain message you’re trying to convey?
David: Each of them in different ways. It’s not like I’m this poet or anything. That’s for sure. I’m not the most elegant person, but that’s what makes me who I am. And that’s what shows in these songs. That I’m not this sophisticated, elegant sort of person. I’m a teenager. I’m still young. I’m still enjoying being young. I like how there’s a good balance of the more youthful sounding songs, the lighthearted songs balanced with the little more serious, but not too serious, things on the album.
David: We’re actually talking about doing some touring soon. I can’t wait to go on tour again. It’s something that’s really enjoyable. It’s where it all pays off after the hard work of doing the music. You get to perform, have a good time, sing to the fans and see what songs they react to and see them having a good time.
Chatter: Finally, on Friday night, you’re playing York. Are the folks going to hear mostly material from your first album or can they expect a good sampling of songs from the new one?
David: They’ll be able to hear some of the new songs. It should be a good time. It’s been fun getting to perform again. After being on a hiatus while recording, it’s good to be reminded, “Oh, this is why I’m doing the music, to be able to share it with other people.”
Chatter: You do have some great fans.
David: Yeah, they’ve been great. It’s great to see that they’re still there. That they’re still supportive. Sometimes, I’m like, “I don’t know. Maybe they were just fans of American Idol.” But they’re still there. And I’m really appreciative of that.