Archuleta Talks Clay, Crushes and Cook
Archuleta Talks Clay, Crushes and Cook
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 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.
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!"
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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']?
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.
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.
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.
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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