Just wanted to fill you guys in on what’s been happening lately with some of the decisions that have been on my mind lately. Sorry again for how long it is but wanted to make sure I got everything in. Had a great time with my little sister this weekend going to the Monster Jam, Six Flags, and other things. Been excited about songwriting too and can’t wait for you guys to hear what may come from it!
Tags: David Archuleta Monster Jam Truck Six Flags Magic Mountain Decisions Jive Record Label Sony Barry Weiss Jeff Fen
Transcription of this epic vlog:
Howdy folks! It’s David here. And as you can see I’m outside today, because the weather is amazing. It’s been raining like crazy the last few days. But it’s blue skies, sunny. So I just couldn’t resist coming outside. I just wanted to check in with you guys, let you guys know what’s been going on.
First off, this last Friday was my youngest sister’s birthday and so I brought her down to Southern California, and got to spend time with her, take her out to places to eat, it was just really cool getting to do that. And then we also went to see monster truck racing [laughs]. It was called Monster Jam at Dodger Stadium and it was a pretty interesting experience. It was pouring rain, it was freezing, but it was fun. We weren’t allowed to take in umbrellas, so we just wore garbage bags, because we had to leave the umbrellas in the car. But it was an experience, that’s for sure. It was fun.
Another thing we got to do, yesterday, for Presidents’ Day, we went to Six Flags Magic Mountain and got to ride the rollercoasters there. It was fun, both my sister and I love rollercoasters so it was a lot of fun getting to do that. Then we also got to go to the batting cages and things like that. I really hope my sister had a good time. So, Amber, hope you had a good birthday weekend.
So, next thing, to get down to business here. Just wanted to let you guys know about things that have been going on. I know a lot of you have been worried about it. Hearing that I’m no longer with my record label, Jive, and I’m no longer with my management anymore, either.
So I’ve kind of been talking about it in my tweets and stuff, about decision-making … making decisions. And just kind of figuring out, okay, who’s David, who is he supposed to be. What direction is he trying to go as an artist and things? And just really thinking about that. And something I’ve been doing a lot is writing. I’ve done a lot of writing in the past, but lately I’ve been trying to focus on writing by myself. What comes out of me? And trying not to be self-conscious, I’m a self-conscious person, but just don’t worry what comes out, just let it come out. And it’s just been really cool getting to say “Okay, this is how I’m feeling, this is what I’m thinking, and this is how it comes out in music.” That’s the reason music … that’s the purpose of music anyway, right?
So I’ve been excited about doing that and getting more involved in writing, and seeing what sound comes out from here, [points] David’s head. So I’m excited for you guys to hear what may come out of it. It’s just a fun time getting to … I think the most important of all the … doing is the relationship I have with you guys. You guys are the ones who are hearing this and listen to it. And I just want to make sure that whatever it is that I’m sharing is real and something that I feel a real connection to and feel good about. That’s the most important part of music, so isn’t that the number one thing I should be focusing on? And giving myself time to do it, I’ve never really given myself time to do it. Now I’ve just said, this is important. (Sorry for the noises outside … anyway.)
So with Jive … Jive has been changing as a company. There have been a lot of changes. The president of Sony, Barry Weiss (who’s also over Jive Records) is no longer with the company anymore, he left Sony. And same with my A&R guy, who is the person I would make the albums with, Jeff Fenster, he’s no longer there, he left too. So a lot of people have been leaving and there have just been a lot of changes. They’re changing as a company. And I feel like I’m changing as an artist. I’m changing the direction I’m going too [hands diverging directions], so there were offers to continue working with them but it just didn’t feel like the right thing right now.
I’ve loved working with them, they’ve been so great, you know the people there are just awesome, I love going over to visit them and talk to them and I’ve learned a lot from them as a company. They’ve helped me get to this point from what I’ve learned with the music business and the way it all works. But I just felt like I need to start going in a different direction now, it just felt like the right time to part ways.
It’s scary making those decisions sometimes you’re like, “Is this the right decision? Am I crazy?” but I’ve learned also throughout my life, you have to follow your gut. You have to follow that instinct, that feeling you have inside of you. And I just feel like, sometimes it’s hard to make decisions but it’s the right thing to do, so I’ve been excited, I’m looking forward to the future … what David is going to be giving to you guys, in the future and how also I’ll be developing as a person and as an artist, with my music.
Another thing is with management. I’m no longer with the management company I’ve been working with. It’s another great company I’ve been working with, they’ve had so much success, and they’ve really been fun to work with, but it’s just another thing, it’s like, I realize this is not where I need to be right now. This is not what I want to be doing right now, not what I want to be focusing on. I mean, not like they were doing anything bad, or anything wrong you know, they’ve been great.
But just thinking, “Okay, what do I want to focus on right now?” and “What’s the right thing for me to do right now?” And I’ve just learned, only recently I’ve learned, it’s an obvious thing, but I have control over my life, the decisions I make, that’s what’s going to make or break, not necessarily just my career but my life too. So I’m just excited where to go, the direction that I’m hoping to go with music.
I’m sorry for scaring you guys with things but I just wanted to thank all of you for the support you’ve been showing. It means a lot to me. Even if sometimes it’s like “What’s going on?” you’re still supportive and so positive and it helps keep me … I mean, I already feel good about things but it makes me feel so much better to know that you guys are… there are a couple of things coming up that will be going on soon that I’m looking forward to letting you guys know about in their own due time. Anyway this always gets long, I’m sorry. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but there’s a banana tree behind here, I thought it would be kinda fun to have some platanos, bananas, growing right there.
Anyway, so that’s all I have to say for now, sorry it’s so long. I will talk to you guys later and will fill you guys in on more what happens in the future. I didn’t want to leave you guys in the dark. I feel communication is key. And this relationship with music … you guys … it’s the relationship with you guys that’s the most important. So, anyway, thanks for hearing me ramble, I’m sorry if it got complicated but, have a great week you guys!
P.S. I am over the moon after this vlog … even though we have no idea what’s coming next, we know David’s writing songs, he’s more excited than ever to pursue music … in fact, a new direction, more soulful maybe? More David, for sure. And we know how much he lives to perform so I’ve gotta believe plans for that are in the works too. … It’s the butterflies, that keep you feelin’ so alive, so alive…. What do you guys think???