Adam article in this week’s NW Australian magazine:
‘Don’t put me in a box’
It’s time for a chat with the coolest guyliner in pop
Welcome back to Australia! What do you like about it here?
I love it out here! I love the way of life, the attitude is super laid-back and positive.
Your first album showed more of your rock-star persona…
It was dictated by the music I played on [American Idol]. And I really wanted to get my feet wet and try on the persona of a rock star. This one, Trespassing, is a lot more personal.
You’ve used the term stankface when describing the new music. Can you explain its meaning?
If you hear something that has a good groove or is really funky you make face do this scrunched-up look. That’s stankface. The album is very stankface-y!
Rolling Stone magazine said you sing like “Zeus in a thong”. How does that sit with you?
I was, like, thank you! I don’t know what the thong part is about. Do they mean sandals?
What’s up with your blond hair?
I just felt like it. When you do the same thing every time it’s boring.
Your new tattoo means “music soothes the savage beast”. Does it really?
I felt like it made sense to me. When you’re performing or listening to music, your brain goes quiet. Music is almost a form of meditation. It balances. It locks you into a mood.
You had a cameo on Pretty Little Liars. How was that?
Great! It was a Halloween episode and I was playing at a party. I was a glampire. I would love to do more, if it’s the right thing.
There’s a lot of buzz about you doing American Idol…
I think I’m being considered. I’d love the opportunity. It would be cool to come back.
Thoughts on Nicki Minaj doing Idol?
I don’t think that’s been confirmed.
What’s the first thing that comes into Adam’s head when we mention these celebrities?
Sings her face off. I love her voice.
Loveable. Girl next door.
Quirky. Very interesting to talk to. He’s out there, but he’s very entertaining.
I hate that show [Jersey Shore]! It’s a waste of time!
Gorgeous, glowing, stunning, and very graceful.
I think every man envies him, every straight man especially. He’s got that cool it-guy thing.
Is she the one whose husband died? What a shitty situation.