Source: Malay Mail
DAVID Archuleta talks too much. Ask him one thing, and more often than not he would swerve off tangent and go on and on about something a bit departed from the original question. Suffice to say, he has a lot on his mind.
The date is on July 26, 8pm onwards at Stadium Negara, and one can safely bet on a full house of clamouring ‘Archangels’ at the sheer delight of their idol.
“It’s great to be able to come and do a full show, with a full band this time. Because just the fan club that was in Malaysia was really great… and they still are,” he said, chuckling slightly.
The Other Side Of Down, his most recent album, will dominate and set the repertoire of songs you will hear, but don’t be surprised if he serenades you with some of his older hits.
Even Archuleta is looking forward to be back on our shores for a proper concert this time around.
“It’ll be great to give a full out show for the Malaysian fans and I think in Malaysia, it was one of the places I felt best ever singing, because it was so humid, and it was so good on my throat too. I remember sweating a lot but it felt so good,” he said.
Thankfully Malaysia’s famous scorching heat and humid climate aren’t a negative aspect for Archuleta. It’s great to see that although the singer underwent significant changes a few months prior, things are still looking up for him.
For those who aren’t too aware, Archuleta is without a record label, nor a management. His break from Jive Records and his management team WEG Music marked his defiance of being told what direction he should take as a singer. It’s a stepping-stone for him to finally do what he wants.
And what he wants, in his words, is to figure out what sound he needs to “really get to my fans.”
“It’s those kinds of things. What do I really want to say in my songs, and let them know what’s really going on in my heart and in my head, and connect to people, reach out to as many people as I can that way.”
Archuleta is on the road to discover his true sound, and to take his own direction unimpeded by anyone else dictating how he should sound like. Frankly, he’s come into his own, and maturing, more than just as a singer, but as a person. To that end on the journey of discovery, he’s been writing his own material.
Will he be writing his own songs for a future album?
“That’s what I’ve been doing actually. It’s hard for me to finish a song on my own, but I have a lot of ideas, and that’s what I’m really excited about. Because it’s like ‘wow, this is coming from me?’ This is not from the pressure of anyone saying ‘we need to have this kind of music’ and ‘you have to sound this way’.”
One may wonder just how authoritarian the record label was at trying to funnel the singer down a path he’d rather not take in his music.
For him, this liberation may be just what he sorely needs.
“I’m just doing it from my heart without any pressure, without hoping ‘oh, I hope I meet this person’s expectations’. I’m just trying to meet my expectations.”
In the not too distant future, we may finally come around to embracing the bona fide sounds from the heart that Archuleta wants to express through his music.
And with that, perhaps his fans have one more reason to rejoice as well.