Phillip Phillips has been having a busy summer on the road supporting John Mayer on the Born and Raised Tour. Before their show at Comcast Theatre here in Hartford, the American Idol Season 11 winner stopped by 96.5 TIC for an exclusive lunchtime performance! Along with performing his Platinum hit, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” Phillip took the time to answer some of his fans’ biggest questions!
Did you always know that you wanted a career as a musician?
I knew I wanted to do something in music. I just didn’t know if it was going to be as a guitar player or what– but I always knew. I started playing guitar when I was about fourteen, fifteen years old and I just fell in love with it. I couldn’t stop. I wouldn’t even hang out with friends! I was pretty much lonely.
Will you be accompanying John Mayer on the European leg of his tour?
I will not be. They just kicked me off! [Laughing] Naw… It’s ok.
Are you afraid to bring lady friends around John Mayer?
No, he is a cool guy! He has been really nice to me– I can’t say anything bad about him! His whole crew is really cool.
How excited are you to begin promoting your song “Where We Came From”, since it is the first song released in which you had a part in writing?
I am excited! We are going to be shooting a music video for it soon. Hopefully, that turns out well– hopefully, the song goes over well. If it goes over well, I’ll be happy.
Regarding your song “Hazel” –assuming Hazel is not her real name—does the real Hazel know the song was written about her?
I don’t know! Your first love… you don’t know what to expect!
What are the top songs on your iPod right now?
The last song I probably listened to was a song called “Hold My Fire” by David Ryan Harris.
What was the first song you ever sang?
I used to sing to myself all the time. I don’t know what it was… probably some AC/DC song, singing in high pitch.
If you won The Voice, would you have had to keep your job at Best Buy?
I didn’t have a job there! [Laughing] I am always thankful for where [American Idol] has gotten me today, but I want to branch away from that to show more of myself musically. You only get two minutes on the show, and you gotta sing! I’m like, “Can I just not sing for a nice thirty or forty-five seconds of the song?”
Are you aware that the “Gone, Gone, Gone” lyrics sounds like, “You’re my crotch when my legs stop moving”, instead of “You’re my crutch when my legs stop moving”?
I almost said it the other day when we were playing it! We all have our little sayings of the song in the band, and the part I almost said was, “You’re the pokes I always needed.” I almost said pokes! I almost said some other bad things during the song [as well], but then the band caught it– and they were laughing! It kind of messed the song up. It didn’t go over well!
Who would win in a bare-knuckled fist fight, you or Kelly Clarkson?
Me… Duh! [Laughing]
Name one thing that is near the top of your bucket list.
I just want to sell out some sheds. Red Rocks, The Gorge– one of those. I have gotten to play there, which was awesome– but to sell them out as my own show… maybe that will happen one day if I keep working hard enough!
–Tyler Roman, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford