Durbin Teases Tour Plans, Reveals Ultimate Pop Icon
James Durbin was always an ‘American Idol‘ favorite over at PopCrush, consistently delivering edgy, rock-metal paired with an unrestrained, high-pitched wail that would make Rob Halford jealous. He may not have snagged the show’s winning prize, but he got something even better — a deal with Wind-Up Records and a debut studio album, ‘Memories of a Beautiful Disaster,’ which drops on Nov. 21.
The Durbs stopped by our office (home to PopCrush and sister site Loudwire) not only to perform some raw acoustic versions of his tracks — the pop-laden single ‘Love Me Bad‘ and explosive ‘Right Behind You’ among others — but also to discuss a few of his co-writes (one an ode to his finacee Heidi), his upcoming tour plans, and his ultimate pop idol whom he claims “oozes talent.”
You co-wrote five of your
songs off of your album. Which song you are really proud of and most
How was working with ['American
Idol' alum] David Cook?
With your album coming
out at the end of the month, do you have plans to do a big tour next
year? Are you going to headline with anybody else, and if so who would
But you’ll start
touring sometime right after the new year or sooner?
You’re getting married
at the end of the year to Heidi — congratulations! Can you talk
a bit more about the track on your album, ‘Higher than Heaven,’
which you’ve said was written about meeting her and how she
changed your life?
“What was love / Something that I just dreamed of / Somewhere in the corner of my heart / Rippin’ and tearin’ me apart / I was numb and had my demons / I gave up you gave me reason / Going insane / I was on a one way train / Surrounded by my so called friends / This ain’t where the story ends or where it begins / I was numb and had my demons / I gave up but you believed / Angels saved me / God forgave me / But you alone take me higher than heaven.”
So it’s just a bada— way of saying ‘I’m forever grateful to you and I love you with all my heart and forever.’ She really changed me and made me a better person. Without her I don’t know where I’d be right now, probably just be in the same place I was before at my mom’s in my room.
Your track ‘Everything
Burns’ was a demo with Ben Moody and Avril Lavigne; instead
of recording it as a duet you decided to go solo. First, why did you
decide to do that and second, would you ever consider recording with
Avril, or is there another pop star that you would be interested in
… [But] I would absolutely be floored, floored if I could ever do a duet with Jared Leto, absolutely floored. The dude is unbe-fu—ing-lievable; as far as rock or pop, [30 Seconds to Mars] is very cross over and they just have this sick cult following and he just oozes talent.
My favorite record is ‘A Beautiful Lie’ — like my favorite record of the past 10 years is ‘A Beautiful Lie.’ It’s unbelievable, I can listen to the entire record.
So what’s your favorite
track off the record?