Adam Lambert chatted on the latest episode of Billboard’s First Stream Live podcast on Friday (Sept. 27) about how he went about making a record that felt “timeless,” and the importance of artistic authenticity.
Today, the star dropped his long-awaited solo return with Velvet: Side A, the first part of his soon-to-come Velvet album. Infused with a groovy new sound inspired by the ’70s and stars like Prince, Queen and more, the EP feels like something new for the American Idol alum.
Lambert says he agrees with that assessment, saying the new music “falls into a new lane” of his career. He says he wanted to make a record that he could look back on years from now and still find it interesting.
“The intention was that it kind of feel more timeless; it wouldn’t be something that wouldn’t sound out of date in three years,” he says. “A lot of it came from referencing songs from the past. Like a style and a sound that has stood the test of time. We’re referencing ‘70s piano singer-songwriter pop, we’re referencing funk and soul music, Motown. A lot of things people still love.”
He also spoke about the importance of being authentic with your music, saying that he pulled Velvet: Side A from his own experiences growing up with his parents’ music. “The thing that’s going to be most authentic is what’s in my body, and I grew up in a house where my parents played a lot of vinyl in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and those styles of music are inherent to my experience,” he says. “It didn’t feel like it was something I was trying to step into, it was like I was coming back to something I already knew.”
Check out the latest episode of Billboard’s First Stream Live podcast below.