James Durbin enjoys post-‘Idol’ creative
By:Greg Archer | 12/04/11 4:49 PM
Special to The Examiner.
James Durbin, last season’s
most enigmatic “American Idol” hopeful, says he “most
definitely” feels the Bay Area helped fuel his mod-metal-rock
Thanks at least in part to The City’s leanings and the creative
juices of his hometown Santa Cruz, the 22-year-old rose to meteoric
heights on “Idol.”
He may have been the head-turning, surprise third runner-up, but like
“Idol” alum Chris Daughtry, who came in fourth several
years back, Durbin has generated more attention as a nonwinner.
“Memories of a Beautiful Disaster,” the singer’s
recently released first studio album, is filled with anthems and other
surprises. Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, songwriters James Michael
(Sixx A.M, Mötley Crüe) and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith,
Buckcherry, Ozzy Osbourne) come along for the ride; “Idol’”
David Cook also co-wrote an entry.
As for the album’s title, Durbin chuckles.
“It’s all about me looking back at my life,” he
says. “Looking back at things that, maybe at the time I wished
hadn’t happened, but now, where I am in life and who I’ve
become — a father and soon-to-be husband — I can look
back and appreciate what those times actually were … instead
of what they weren’t.”
Durbin — passionate, deep and outspoken — has talked openly
about the effects that Tourette’s and Asperger’s syndromes
have had on him — basically, that he has both conditions but
they don’t “have” him.
He views his rise as somewhat heaven-sent.
“I got laid off at my job at Domino’s pizza right before
the ‘Idol’ audition,” he says. “I was like,
‘OK, it’s a sign.’ I thought, it’s now or
never — really. I took a chance. It was a leap of faith.”
With upcoming concert appearances on the agenda, he’s taking
time to appreciate that he’s able to support himself by doing
what he loves.
“I’ve never been one where I was like, ‘I want to
be filthy rich — huge cars, giant houses.’ That’s
not my scene,” he adds. “I don’t take anything for
granted. It’s a difficult thing. But it really is true. It could
all be gone in a second.”