COOKING UP A MUSICAL STORM

Read what David had to say in the February 2013 issue of TEENS Magazine about his creative process, his new record in the works, and more -- click on each image to view full size and/or click here to read text!

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COOKING UP A MUSICAL STORM

FOUR YEARS IN THE LIMELIGHT HAVEN'T CHANGED DAVID COOK ONE BIT. EUNICE LIM CATCHES UP WITH THE PASSIONATE AND PERSONABLE MUSICIAN DURING HIS FIRST TRIP HERE

As I entered a room at Ink Bar, David Cook got up from his seat to exchange a warm handshake while bearing bright eyes and a wide grin. I was immediately taken with him. Beneath all his rocker coolness and confidence lies an unmistakable genuineness that made me momentarily forget that he was the guy who competed on the American Idol stage four years ago, blew the audience away week after week with his unique, rock-infused covers and eventually emerged as Season 7's victor.

With two solid records under his belt, including a Platinum-certified debut album, David's post-Idol career is proving to be a successful one. The 30-year-old singer-songwriter has set his sights on even greater things as he embarks on a new chapter of his music journey as an independent artiste. The crooner let us in on everything from his creative inspirations to his comfort food in an exclusive interview.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DEBUT ALBUM BEING CERTIFIED GOLD IN SINGAPORE!
Thank you so much! It's incredible. When I first started playing in bands, it wasn't in the forefront of my mind that one day I [would] get a Gold plaque in another country. It's very surreal, but I've been fortunate in the last few years to get to go to so many amazing places, and I've been able to add Singapore to the list this year. The plaque is a big deal and I'm very honoured by it.

YOU RECENTLY RELOCATED TO NASHVILLE. WHAT INSPIRED THE MOVE THERE?
I'm really enjoying it there. Nashville is an incredible city, and it gets the moniker as the home of country music, but there's [also] a very diverse and very great music scene there. … The move there was inspired by a lot of reasons – some professional, some personal. There's definitely a creative community there that I felt like I really wanted to be a part of. I think that as I get older, living in LA is just really far away from family. [They're] in Indiana and Kansas City, so [Nashville] is at most a 10-hour drive away.

ONE OF THE NEW SONGS WHICH YOU'VE BEEN PREMIERING AT YOUR RECENT SHOWS IS TITLED "FROM HERE TO ZERO", AND YOU GOT A LITTLE TEARY-EYED PLAYING IT AT SUMMERFEST IN TAMPA. IS THE SONG VERY PERSONAL TO YOU?
I remember that! It was hot and sweaty and there was hairspray in my eye (laughs)! But it is a song that I'm really proud of. I wrote that with Zac Maloy, whom I also wrote "Lie" and "Life on the Moon" with. [We] have really good creative rapport. The song itself … is about two people against the world, and their love is going to last until the clock hits zero.

HAVING PARTED WAYS WITH YOUR RECORD LABEL A FEW MONTHS BACK, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU NOW HAVE MORE CREATIVE CONTROL OVER YOUR MUSIC?
Yeah. I think the creative process is different now, and I'm really enjoying it. I've kind of just reinvested myself emotionally in the creative process, and it's great to be able to feel like I can really do whatever I want to do – that's a powerful feeling. I'm just focused on embracing it and I'll see what comes out of it.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU ENVISION FACING AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTISTE?
There are always challenges. I think the inherent challenge of an independent artiste revolves around making sure that you can do all the things you need to do. But the most imperative thing for me, personally, is to just try to get on the road as much as possible and have this connection with fans. I would say that until the last breath I've got in my body – nothing is as adequate substitution for the live experience, so that's really what I try to [focus] on.

SINCE SINGAPORE HAS A FOOD-CENTRIC CULTURE, WE'RE CURIOUS: DO YOU HAVE ANY COMFORT FOOD?
I have a pretty bad sweet tooth. Cookies, cakes, pies – I can't stop eating them (laughs). I enjoy a good dessert.

HAVE YOU TRIED SOME OF THE FOOD HERE?
Yeah. The first night we were here, we went to have black pepper crab and sweet chilli crab. I really liked it … but there was one thing I thought I'd really like that I didn't like at all – plum sauce ribs. I thought I'd like that because I come from Kansas City and I'm a big BBQ snob, but I didn't like that.

INSET: LOL! When we asked him if he's tried durian, he misheard it as "urine", prompting hysterical laughter to break out in the room. We might have really tickled his funny bone on this one because it took him quite a while to regain his composure from laughing. And yes, he has tried our infamous local fruit, though he doesn't seem too fond of it.

OF ALL THE SONGS THAT YOU HAVE PENNED, WHICH ONE RESONATES MOST DEEPLY WITH YOU?
Off the first RCA record is a song called "Permanent". Being able to just pointedly talk about my brother [in my music] was very therapeutic. When I write songs, I hear them in my head a certain way, and a lot of times … the [sound] gets changed somewhere in the process. It's not that it's a bad thing; it's just a natural progression. "Permanent" was the only song that I can recall where the way I heard it in my head was the exact same way it ended up sounding. That was a very vindicating, very powerful moment in the process of making the first record.

IS A NEW RECORD UNDERWAY?
Absolutely! We're writing for a new record, and I'm also just enjoying the creative process, be it writing for myself or for other artistes.

WHAT IS THE MUSICAL DIRECTION FOR THE RECORD?
I'm just trying to progress and update the sound a little bit, but I'm a guitar player – I'll always be a guitar player – so I'm not putting the guitar down. I think it's an exciting time in music. There are so many different avenues from which [I can] be heard, and right now I'm just trying to find the best formula for me.

Comments (34)

I always have a fun time & enjoy every minuate of reading these interviews, I have to admit the BBQ snob part made me smile I'm a huge Gates bbq sauce fan myself

Davidcookrocks31

So nice to hear your voice (even if it's just your speaking voice Smiling). To say I can't wait for your new album would be a gross understatement!!

I can't wait for this new album!

Great article. I'm excited to see what the future holds for David, and excited to hear all the new songs being written.

Tlatz, cannot agree with you more! It´s exactly the same reason I will be David´s fan forever, that genuineness he always shows on his interviews and on everything really.
What a great interview this is! Love it!

I'm loving that more articles/interviews are surfacing with David as the subject! I'm SO grateful when the interviewer can pick up on the "unmistakable genuineness" of David and mention it. It's SO TRUE. It's one of the main reasons I love David, and will always be a fan. Love hearing about all the new things coming our way, and I CANNOT WAIT for David and the guys to be BACK ON TOUR with new music! ONe of my favorite things EVER to witness. Laughing out loud

Word Nerd #2609

Love this article! Great questions and answers. I'm so excited for the new album and shows!

"Don't underestimate the things that I will do" ~ David Cook (Adele cover)

~Kelly

really enjoyed this interview--interesting questions with great answers by Dave--I cannot wait to hear some of this new music he is talking about and especially can't wait to see him perform, again. He is so great live!..love you!

" I see your face in every single thing I do, you changed me"
Judy

David You are so smart and know exactly what you want and how to get it. I love your interviews because you give interesting answers with some humor thrown in. I will be here waiting for your next album. love ya

"Love this very talented compassionate,sensitive musical artist "David Cook"

Great interview!! David was born to be a shining star.. music fuels his heart & soul! > 'I'm a guitar player ~ I'll always be a guitar player.. so I'm not putting the guitar down"! ~ David Cook <3 ... Ya just keep on rOckin my world BB.. so loving ALL that yOu are! ~ NyCArole XO

NyCArole

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