Whilst he is currently performing his Las Vegas residency with Queen, multi-platinum selling artist Adam Lambert can also be found on the cover of the latest issue of Client Magazine.
Alongside some stunning shots of the artist, Adam also participated in an accompanying interview in which he discusses his forthcoming solo material, the LGTBQ community in the music industry, being asked to front Queen, social media and much more.
We all know and love Adam from his time on American Idol, with the superstar finishing in second place on season eight in 2009. Since then, he has sold over three million albums and five million singles worldwide. In addition to his many incredible solo achievements, Adam was also asked to front the legendary Queen and has been performing with the band on and off for the past few years.
Speaking about fronting Queen and stepping into Freddie Mercury’s iconic shoes, Adam said: “I was very shocked, but beyond ecstatic. But at first, I was definitely a little intimated. What would fans expect of me? How do I follow the iconic Freddie Mercury? I never wanted to imitate him but at the same time I never wanted to change the tracks. But I felt super comfortable with Brian May and Roger Taylor from the outset, so as time went by it all became like second nature to me. It was an honour to be asked to carry the torch for Freddie and continue the phenomenon by performing timeless songs, with the men that were part of the best rock band there’s ever been.”
Whilst Adam has been busy touring the world with Queen as of late, he has also been grafting in the studio, putting the finishing touches to his fourth studio album. It seems that we can expect the unexpected on his forthcoming record, with the album truly reflecting Adam’s beliefs.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to release new music, but I wanted to spend time on it to ensure that it was exactly what I wanted it to be, and also that everything was set up in the right way…” Adam said. “It’s different from anything I have done previously – I didn’t feel tied to a trend or a genre and explored a lot more, so I think people might be surprised! I’m at a place where I really feel clear about who I am and what I stand for and I think that’s going to reflect in the music.”
During his interview with Client, Adam reflected on the LGBTQ community in the music industry. With 2018 being dubbed as 20GAYTEEN by singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko, artists such as Adam, Hayley, Troye Sivan, Janelle Monae, and Years & Years’ Olly Alexander are among those who are open and proud of who they are.
“Obviously there’s still a long way to go, but there is a huge improvement,” Adam said. “10 years ago, there weren’t many openly gay pop artists, and in a lot of ways people weren’t ready and I got backlash when I wasn’t really expecting it – I was just being myself and of course sometimes you do these things to prove a point more than anything. Now though, there’s so many pop artists who are proud of their sexuality and the sheer number of us has improved the landscape.”
Adam also spoke about social media and reality TV, both of which are prominent parts of the world these days. “It’s a tough world out there, but it’s important that you remain true to yourself, otherwise there’s no point in doing it. Social media can be your best and worst enemy but you just need to do what you can do. I have learned not to read the replies or the hate,” Adam said.
”Reality TV isn’t all bad – I came from a reality show in a way, but it was talent based. I personally find other reality genres to be a real waste of time – glorifying mediocrity and the mundane. It’s really about doing what works for you and understanding who you are and what does work for you, and not getting lost in the noise!”
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