Adam Lambert: “I’m doing the music for the audience, not for myself”

February 26, 2015 By Aaron

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Adam Lambert had some interesting things to say about his forthcoming album at last night’s BRIT Awards.

Adam Lambert’s ‘The Original High’ has unexpectedly become one of the most anticipated albums of this year, probably due to pop music legends Max Martin and Shellback taking the reigns as executive producers of the project. It’s interesting then to hear Adam’s perspective on the record because he seems to actually be the element of his own album that we’re discussing the least in the lead up to its release.

He opened up with a couple of juicy details on the red carpet for last night’s BRIT Awards, check it out below:

Rocking the less dramatic, more natural look that he’s been favoring lately, the American Idol alum had this to say about ‘The Original High’:

“It’s definitely pop and there’s some house on there, there’s some R&B flavours here and there, and I co-wrote the whole thing with [Max Martin and Shellback]… I want it to be less about me, even though it’s personal, and more about the listener. So whatever it means to you. I’m doing the music for the audience, not for myself.”

Whilst it’s interesting to hear that Adam plans to dabble in sub-genres like R&B and House that he perhaps hasn’t explored before, undoubtedly the most striking thing he had to say to Digital Spy was that he’d be making “music for the audience, not for myself.”

This may sound promising to some who think that Adam will be paying closer attention to what his fans want to hear on this album, but it’s also a little worrying. Hopefully all Lambert is trying to convey is that he wants his record to be universally relatable, rather than the disinterest that his statement could imply.

Call me old fashioned, but I like an album that means as much to the artist who wrote it as it does to me, if not more. It’s a bit of a misnomer to assume that “vaguer” tracks resonate more with an audience simply because more people can relate to them. In actual fact, it’s the albums and songs that are most personal to the singer that tend to mean the most to their fans.

Could this be the first sign of trouble in paradise for Lambert’s third studio album, or do we think it was just a strange choice of words?

Let us know what you think in Exhale.