We got a call from a publicist yesterday telling us Anoop Desai was in Atlanta for a BMI showcase concert tonight at a W Hotel. This isn’t a public concert but in effect an audition for label people.
I spoke with him just to catch up since he released his EP this past spring.
I asked if he considered this the biggest performance since he was on “Idol.” “I don’t know,” he said. “As far as a gig, maybe. I’m trying honestly not to think about it. Every time I do a gig, I try to make fans. This event is about fans but also about something else. There is an added aspect of it.”
He said he’s still learning to be a stage performer. He now has a seven-person band but will do an acoustic set tonight with two guitarists. He will also have to sit on a stool, he said, because he recently sprained his ankle from a basketball game. “It’s really annoying especially with a show on the horizon. I love to work out and everything.”
Anoop said he moved to Los Angeles last year in October. “I didn’t really fit in there,” he said. “Maybe I thought I was something I wasn’t. I had this idea in my mind what I should be doing when I really hadn’t put the work in yet.”
So he moved back to Chapel Hill, N.C. seven months later. He said he’s been far more productive since being back home. He’s assembled his manager, radio and publicity team. He put out his indie E.P.
But without label support, he knows how hard it is to get radio airplay. He has a single out “All is Fair,” which is being played on a single station in Savannah.
Anoop is flying out to Los Angeles tomorrow morning to shoot a video for the song and record more tunes.
I asked him what his brand is: “It’s smart. It’s intelligent. I’m a gentleman. My music is real. It talks about life and situations I can relate to. You’re never going to hear me singing a song like Kesha or Adam [Lambert.] That’s not my lane. My lane is smart and hip. It’s hooky, it’ s catchy. I want to appeal to simple universal characteristics we all want, which is love.”
UPDATE @ 7:21 AM Friday: Apparently, some Adam Lambert fans had gotten a hold of this and thought Anoop was implying that Adam’s music is not smart or hip or hooky or catchy. That was not what he meant at all. He called me this morning to make that clear. I knew he was simply saying that his style is different from Adam’s, that’s all. Nothing more than that.
He said he is single though he doesn’t preclude dating. He has had pain and breakups and such in the past. “That really is the main vein running through ‘All is Fair.’ Me writing about people without calling them out.”
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