RollingStone Magazine Online Interview with Taylor Hicks
Do not miss this interview from RollingStone.com. There’s a short print interview, but the really interesting stuff is in the podcast.
Song’s he would have liked to perform on Idol: “Mobile” by the Who “Raincheck” by Van Morrison and even something from Anita Baker’s “Rapture” album.
Taylor talks about the difficulty of “making it” in the music business. About American Idol he says, “I was dancing with the devil.” But he decided, after all the years of trying to make it, he “may as well try to shoot for the moon, buy a lottery ticket.” Ultimately, he realized it was his big break.
There’s an interesting discussion here about his “sound”, and the kind of music he’d like to make post-idol. Taylor fully intends to make a record that’s true to who he is. Heh. Great interview–don’t miss it.
Here’s an excerpt from the print interview:
“Hicks occasionally rips his own performances, especially his rendition of John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads.’ ‘I saw that clip and thought to myself, ‘Man you are flat all the way through that song.’ Though he admits that he sometimes spent Tuesday night after the show at Burger King voting for himself, he also cast a few for his competitors. ‘I’d vote on the performance as opposed to who I liked as an artist, ‘ he says. ‘I voted for Elliot, for Chris a couple of times, for Katherine. It was funny because we’d be in the apartment or somewhere and I’m like, ‘I’m voting for you, you know.’ And they’re like, ‘What?'”
More Taylor Hicks
Here’s an MTV.com article that’s mostly about Taylor’s new single, “Do I Make Your Proud/Takin’ it To the Streets” (it’s dropping June 13).
Taylor also talks about his upcoming album:
“I have some ideas, of course, but right now it’s just too much of a whirlwind, ‘ Hicks said. ‘I can guarantee you this: It will be an album with my stamp of approval on it.’
The 29-year-old Alabama native said he would be open to singing other songwriters’ material, which has been the standard for past ‘Idol’ albums, and he would even collaborate with a hip-hop artist. ‘As long as it can translate a feeling, that’s kind of where I come from in music, ‘ he said.
Hicks will start recording the album on off nights during this summer’s American Idols Live Tour, which is still in the planning stages.
‘I think there’s a duet in store, and I think I’m going to get to play harmonica and guitar, ‘ Hicks said. ‘I’m looking forward to it. This is the most talented year of ‘American Idol, ‘ and I love working with talented people, because the more talent that you work with the better off that you are and the harder it makes you work as an artist.'”