EQ: So since we last spoke, you parted ways with your record label Arista. Are you happy with this decision?
BL: Definitely happy with that decision. There was a lack of communication with that relationship. That's what happens when you get on a major label – they got the money and usually the business perspective. They didn't do a good job with me so onwards and upwards! I'm happy that's over and happy my feet are back on the ground.
I've always said, I think you would do quite well in Europe as you're a fan of dance music and electronica which is heavily rooted in your music. Would uprooting to Europe for awhile be something you'd consider?
BL: I would love to live out there – I've always wanted to. I've been touring in Europe since I was in the eighth grade and listening to electronic music since 92.
PURCHASE: Darude ft. Blake Lewis "I Ran (So Far Away) CD single on
You also did a charity track with Darude called "Selfless" – tell me about that project.
BL: It was the first track I did with Darude and it's on the "Dance For Life Soundtrack" which is an AIDS charity. That actually came out a month ago, before "I Ran". I love "Selfless" better than "I Ran" because it's an original track I wrote with Darude. That collaboration turned out really well. We were both really excited when he sent me the track. He came to Seattle for two weeks when we did "Selfless" and then he proposed to do "I Ran", which I love that song. Darude's version is so different. I really don't like doing cover songs honestly…
You probably had enough of that on Idol…
BL: Yeah, unless you make it your own. I mean that's the whole reason I went on American Idol. I didn't want to be on the show unless I could make the songs my own and put my own twist on them to make it my remix show. I love mash-ups and I love remixes and people who do them well. You know when you hear a remix that's better than the original song…But back to "Selfless", about a month later he sent me the
track, I recorded the vocals in my house and that's how the Darude/Blake Lewis collobo came about.
so I'm going to have two albums out next year!
BL: [laughs] Yeah yeah he's chilling out next to me right now! I never had a dog when I was growing up and I actually had a fear of dogs cuz I got bit when I was a kid.
BL: Yeah the one dog I did have died…sad. My dog now is awesome. He's from a dog shelter. His mom had him inside her with nine other dogs and she was gonna be on death row.
Is it true what they say – are dog owners just like their dogs?
BL: Oh my god, him and I are like two peas in a pod. He's a bit of a handful.
So were headed into Christmas now – what albums are you looking for in your stocking stuffer?
BL: I'm kinda the Grinch when it comes to Christmas or at least Christmas music. I really do not like Christmas music. During Christmas I always like bite my tongue because it's like "so happy" and overkill. But I like some of the Christmas ballads I guess. Like the Nat King Cole Christmas style. But I swear I turn into the Grinch around Christmas. As far as stocking stuffer CDs, I don't know, but right now I'm listening to British artists like Adele and Jamie Lidell. I just love the European artists that never let go of Motown. It's funny in America now – we're embracing these British artists when we started Motown. But that's America for you. We take something and love it, then don't love it anymore really quickly. I'm just waiting for funk to come back y'know. If that comes back, then there will a funk Christmas.
Maybe then you'll record a Christmas single then.
BL: I don't know about that! I don't know what's coming out next year, but I just bought Ne-Yo's new record which I really love. I don't do a lot of Top 40 music, but it's got this Michael Jackson quality. It's really really good, I was blown away.
That's it – thanks Blake for spending some time with us. Any parting words?
Thanks for listening supporting your local artists. I wouldn't be here if I didn't have support!