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Alex Lambert ('If I Can Dream')

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Alex Lambert from If I Can Dream

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When former American Idol contestant Alex Lambert first moved into the If I Can Dream house back in April, he told DS that he couldn't wait to "get busy" with his music career. Fast-forward three months and he's just filmed his newly-released debut music video for 'I Didn't Know' and already thinking about his first album! We gave him a call for a catch-up...

How's it been going since we last spoke?!
"It's honestly going way better than I thought it would be. I've done way more stuff than I thought I would do, just so much stuff in such a short period of time, which is amazing. The highlight is probably being able to have my own songs that are legit and being able to show them for people and say, 'Yeah I wrote this'. There's not one thing that's been the highlight, it's just being able to write."

You recently filmed your first music video for 'I Didn't Know' - how was that?
"Actually, that was probably the highlight! It was filmed in New York and I've never been there before. It was so intense, it was amazing! Filming it was a lot different to what I thought it would be. It was pretty legit - and I didn't know how legit it would be - and there were a lot of cameras!"

Who came up with the idea of you playing pianos across all five boroughs?
"Clear Channel actually did. Iain Pirie, who is the president of 19, took it to Clear Channel and showed them a few of my songs. They really liked that song and thought it was a piano based song. And there are all the pianos around New York, so why not make a music video out of them? It was honestly perfect for the song and everything."

You've written a few songs since moving in, do you have any favourites?
"I've probably written about 12 or 13, some by myself and some with other people. I don't know how some of them will turn out. I always look forward, I never look back and think, 'Oh I really like this one I did.' I wrote one yesterday with Cisco Adler and I think it's amazing. Every time I write a song I think it's the best song I ever wrote. I always try to top myself so my favourite is probably the last song I did. There's a songwriter I know who is good friends with Cisco and Jason Reeves and a lot of people and he's been hooking me up because he really believes in me."

You told us before that you wanted to work with Lil Wayne. Is that still a goal?
"Yeah, definitely. Are you crazy? That would be the best thing that ever happened to me. That's still number one on my list of who I want to work with. I just wrote this song and he was telling me he could put any rapper like Shwayze or these people on it and I was like, 'Do you know Lil Wayne?!' He was like, 'No.' I like a lot of rappers but I feel like he's just a lyrical genius."

Are you anywhere near thinking about an album or what songs you'd put on it?
"I pretty much already know what my sound is and a lot of people have to work for that. My sound is me. I already know who I am and what kind of music I want to do. I need a lot of heavy ammunition for my album and it will take probably 30 songs to be able to narrow it down to ten or an album. I don't really want to think about rushing it because I want it to be great. I almost want to nurture it, I want to write as much as possible and I think when the time is right I will know."

How would you describe your sound then?
"My sound is Alex Lambert! It's kind of poppish, R&B, soul. The way I sing is really soulful and I could sing a song that is not soulful at all but it will be soulful because I'm the one singing it. I wouldn't put it as much R&B as I would soul."

Have any aspects of the music business surprised you?
"Not really, to be honest with you. I've done a lot of things but everything I've done I was kind of expecting it or had an idea. I don't like to get too overwhelmed by things because I feel like that's what will mess you up. That's what messed me up on American Idol. I got so overwhelmed by the opportunity and situation that was all I was thinking about and I couldn't focus."

Do you think being on Idol will make it easier for you to launch yourself or is it just as hard for you as anybody else?
"It's definitely going to make it a little bit easier because it's the biggest TV show in the world. Still to this day, even if people don't know who I am or know my name, they will see me and say they really liked me and they remember my face or hair. That's good enough for me. I don't want to be the person everyone is like, 'Oh, you're that kid from American Idol.' I got kicked off at the perfect time because people don't really remember what I did on the show because I only did three songs. Where I am at right now and what people know from me is from three songs which is crazy right there alone."

Are you planning to watch the Idol tour?
"Oh yeah, when the tour comes to LA I'm definitely going to show some love for Andrew [Garcia] and Lee [DeWyze]!"

We've seen Justin and Veronica leaving the house. What do you want to accomplish before you go?
"Well, that's a great question... My goal is to be able to have an album when I leave the house, be able to put an album out or go on tour. Not like Justin did where he went on two or three dates with Kris Allen. I want to go around the world, actually go on tour."

What's your status with Veronica now?
"We just talk and hang out. She's a good person to talk to and I would consider her a friend. She's in the same situation, the same age. It's really easy to relate to Veronica. Music is my main focus right now. I've been working for this since I was a kid, since I was 9 years old."

Did you watch the kiss episode?!
"No I haven't watched the episode. I try not to! She told me the music was all romantic and I was like, 'Oh my God...'"

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