Entertainment Editor Emily McIntosh sat down with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to get he “scoop” on his daily life.
If you had to listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?
“Eric Clapton, Damien Rice, Dave Matthews and John Butler. If they all formed one big band. They would be named ‘Them.’”
Would you rather play in small venues or larger venues? Why?
“I like them both. They’re both completely different. Like when it’s a smaller one, I like when it’s just playing acoustic, because it’s a little more raw, and I mess up all the time so then you would be able to hear my mess ups. But, you know, when I’m with the full band you can’t really hear them, but that’s what makes it fun too because then you can dance around, move a little bit more. When you’re sitting down and playing an acoustic show people are kind of sitting down, and its still fun, you just kind of listen a little bit more. But I still like them both.”
What is one unforgettable tour memory so far?
“I was walking up the stage, I forget where I was. But I tripped on the stairs. My bass player was right behind me. I knew I was going to fall. I was going up the stairs, but even going down, I was like ‘Man these things are steep, I have a feeling Im gonna fall at some point today.’ Sure enough right when we were going up on stage people were like ‘yeah’. Luckily the stage was dark, I don’t think too many people saw it. Nobody laughed or anything, I don’t think they did. I fell right down and I was like “Oh gosh” and by bass player was like “stick with it, stick with it!” But i couldn’t do it, and I fell.
What is your favorite thing to see in the audience while you are on stage?
“People enjoying the show, you know, if their dancing or smiling or bobbing their head. As long as your enjoying the show, that makes me feel really good because I’ve had a couple of shows where I look out and there’s just blank faces out there, and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, is this going well or not?’ So if I can tell that they’re into it that makes me feel really good.”
If I were to look through your iPhone, what artists would I find?
“A little bit of everything. Lots of ACDC, Bill Withers, John Butler, some Dave Matthews, ZZ Top, Tool, Eminem, a lot of things.”
What’s your favorite song right now?
“I’ve been listening to this song called Warm Shadow by Fink. I just started listening to them, I’ve only heard that one song. And I’ve just heard that Radioactive song by Imagine Dragons is good.”
You’re touring for John Mayer. How excited are you for that?
“I’m so pumped, it’s going to be fun. From what I’ve heard, he kind of asked for me to come out, which is really a big honor, and I’m really looking forward to it. He’s a huge artist, a great musician and songwriter. Hopefully I’ll get to know him a little bit. And it’ll be an honor sharing the stage with him. I’m excited.”
Describe your reaction when you first heard your music on the radio.
“Actually, not counting Home, it was yesterday, with my little niece, she’s like 11, cause I got to go home for two days, and she was going to ride with me back to her mom’s house, my sister. Right when we packed the car up, I put it on pause, she doesn’t really like listening to the songs I listen to ,she likes a little bit of the pop stuff, you know, pop rock, whatever the hits on the radio are. But anyway, I turned the car on, and Gone gone gone came on. And I said ‘Holy Crap Emma! You hear that?’ And she was like ‘yeah’ And I was like ‘That is weird, That’s the first time I’ve ever heard it.’ She was just smiling, not really saying anything, looking at me like I’m goofy…So that was the first time I heard it on the radio, which was weird. We rocked out to it because she’s a little kid, I don’t care if she hears it, so I was just rocking out being funny. She wasn’t really rocking out, she was just looking at me weird.”
Craziest fan experience?
“There’s been quite a few. We went to a Catholic college one time, and we were signing autographs, and I said ‘What’s there to do around here?’ And one girl said ‘Me.’ And I was like ‘Wow. That’s interesting.’ And I just kept walking. So I was like ‘huh. These Catholic girls are here to par-tay’ And then some other ones, you know, people like to wait around the bus, which is a little strange. Those are the ones that stick out the most, you know, catch me off guard.”
“That’s impossible, I watch too many movies. Some of my favorites though I like The Basketball Diaries, Inglorious Bastards. I don’t know, there’s so many good movies out here. Lawless was really good. Warrior, a great movie. I cry every time. So there’s a few.”
What was the last movie you saw at the theatre?
“I think it was Zero Dark Thirty. It was really good.”
What are some of your other hobbies?
“Let’s say I had 3 or 4 months off during the summer, it would be going in the river swimming. I like swimming in the creeks and rivers, maybe driving a jet ski, or going tubing or knee boarding. I’m not that great at knee boarding or anything, I just think it’s fun. Or riding a boat, going fishing. Riding a 4-wheeler or something. I like to swim, you know, jumping off swings or whatever. And during the wintertime, I like to go out in the woods and just chill out.”
What does the future hold for you?
“I don’t know, it’s always scary to think about the future to me. Life already goes by so fast as it is, so I try not to think about it too much. So maybe hopefully some more touring as the album comes out and building a fan base. And not going bald.”
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