Hey TWIST ladies!
You probably remember Sanjaya Malakar for his funky hairstyles and outgoing personality on Season 6 of American Idol, but this young artist is out to prove that there's much more to him than meets the eye! Since being a finalist on the show in 2006, Sanjaya has traveled and performed around the world, released an EP and even appeared on several TV shows! Read on as he dishes exclusively to TWIST all about his upcoming album, summer tour and experience on AI!
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TWIST: Tell us about your new summer tour that just began!
Sanjaya: It's called the "State of Independence" tour so it's all about [being] an independent artist and going to small venues and getting right to the people and really connecting with the fans because you wouldn't be anything if it wasn't for the fans!
TWIST: We heard that you have an upcoming album coming out called "Life, Love and Music." Can you tell us a little bit about the sound and what your inspiration was?
Sanjaya: Yeah, I've been working out my sound for the last four years and just really trying to hone in on how I want to portray myself through music. It's really organic, really personal, not over-produced.
TWIST: Why MUST your fans buy this album?
Sanjaya: I'm trying to kind of change what people preconceived about what I was going to do when I was on American Idol. I think that if you really listen to it, and not just to the lyrics but the way the music is put together then later it kind of hits you, that that's me!
TWIST: Speaking of American Idol, do you miss anything about being on the show?
Sanjaya: It's the kind of thing that I'm glad I did it and I miss it, but I wouldn't do it again because I got a lot out of it and I don't know if I'd want to go through that again! It's a growing process; it's really emotionally hard and that can take a toll on you. But for me, it's so worth it and AI was great training!
TWIST: What do you think of the newest AI winner, Scotty?
Sanjaya: I was actually there at the finale when he won! Every time I hear that voice coming out of his baby face, it's like where does that come from?! That's somebody else singing through you! Every time he'd sing at the finale I'd see him point up and look up. It's cool seeing him [Scotty] recognize that something like a voice comes from someone else. It's a gift and if you're able to use it for something good, and use it to really make an impact, I think that's the best way to be grateful.
TWIST: Great advice! Thanks so much Sanjaya!
Sanjaya: Thanks TWIST!