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American Idol’s Phillip Phillips: “I’m not a competitive person.”

- December 19th, 2012

Here’s more from my Phillip Phillips, American Idol’s season eleven winner, interview about his debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon, hit song, Home, and other topics. He plays Niagara Falls on Feb. 19-20 and Windsor on Feb. 21.

Q. Are you still living in Georgia?
A. I don’t want to move to New York or L.A. I’d like to move to somewhere in the mountains like North Georgia or Tennessee. Something like that. Definitely something that’s kind of peaceful.

Q. Are you seeking peace?
A. I guess we’re all seeking peace at some time. It gets a little crazy at time.

Q. Had you tried out for any previous seasons of Idol?
A. I tried for America’s Got Talent like three or four years ago actually but I didn’t make it. It didn’t bother me. America’s Got Talent is such a wide range from dogs to doggish people and dancers. but Idol kind of just happened.

Q. What did you think about the competition aspect of Idol?
A. I’m not a competitive person. I never treated it like a competition. I always just made sure that I had fun and the band had a good time and whatever happened after that it didn’t really bother me.

Q. For a debut disc, it’s very polished sounding? Did you always know what you wanted this to sound like?
A. Yeah, I did honestly. Even before the show. I knew what kind of artist I wanted to be and the album really represents me. A lot of the songs I wrote before Idol. Some I wrote during. And a few ones afterwards.

Q. Where you ever into country music given your southern roots?
A. Not really. I was into Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr. and Sr. Waylon Jennings. I was a little more into Charlie Daniels, he had a couple of good tunes. But I wasn’t a big country guy.

Q. What did you think of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting?
A. We were on the bus and we were doing a lot of radio shows. When we saw it, we were just all hearbroken. The other band members, they had kids around that age, they were really torn apart. I have two nieces that are a little bit older. I can’t imagine. That’s what they say, you’re not supposed to bury your kids. My thoughts and prayers are with their families. That’s not really much you can say.

Q. I assume you come from a hunting background, do you have an opinion on gun control?
A. Yeah, I have my opinion but I’ll share it whenever it feels right. Too many people get angry and get angry with some other person’s opinion. So whenever it needs to be spoken I’ll speak out about it.

Q. What do you make of your Canadian fans?
A. Canada – it’s really nice here. I’ve been to Toronto once on the (American) Idols tour. but I didn’t get to see too much of it or meet too many different people. But this has been nice. I would like to come back, it’s really nice here. It doesn’t seem crazy like the U.S. is.

Q. Are your crowds screaming teenage girls?
A. My management found out through technology and data that my range of people are between 20 and 25, so that’s really cool, male and female. It’s not really like little people. It’s good to see that I’m reaching the crowd that I would like to reach.

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1 comment

  1. kevin | January 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    good,

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