James Durbin on Tourettes, celebrating challenges and lessons of American Idol
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Bringing rock ‘n’ roll roaring back to the forefront, James Durbin, was known for “bringing heavy metal to the ‘American Idol’ stage” during season 10 by performing Queen and Muse songs and then by singing onstage with metal legends Judas Priest during the final episodes. Durbin ultimately placed fourth on the ratings juggernaut. Diagnosed with both Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette Syndrome at the tender age of 10, James Durbin refuses to be sidelined by medical hurdles, he co-wrote five of the 11 songs on the standard edition of his debut Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, and continues to crank out new material for his forthcoming follow-up album. http://www.durbinrock.com
IN THIS INTERVIEW WE LEARN THAT JAMES WAS:
- Born in Santa Cruz
- His dad was a bass player
- His sister was in a play, he learned all the song, last night he was called on stage
- His first guitar and song
- Autism Works Now event
- Challenges of Autism/Tourettes
- Writing a totally different record
- Celebrating challenges
- On Music Today
- American Idol lessons
- Make a Wish Foundation call that changed his life
I´ve been given quite a few challenges in my life and had to figure out a way to work with them. It´s great. it makes you better at what you do. If you´re making a rock record and someone says “No, you´re making a pop record.” You make the best songs you can and make it your own
It wasn´t until high school that I wanted to be in a band
First song I learned to play was “Heartbreak Hotel”
I´d write poems and try to write songs out of them
Music, Oh my god, I found this outlet
Robin Williams and Jim Carrey definitely have Tourettes
I encourage people to ask.
People fear what they don´t know
Nobody did nothing right the first time. You gotta practice
My first record was very rock. I was in the process of writing heavier rock record
They didn´t like any of them. That was a low blow
I had a lot to think about.
I´m also a father, husband and this is what i do to provide for my family
If i do the record i´m gonna be going from black to white.
I took it as a challenge like all the challenges in my life
Maybe this will take me out of doom and gloom
It brightened my spirit
I don´t enjoy performing those songs but i liked writing those songs (Album Celebrate)
When I first auditioned I thought this is for me. This is what I need to survive
I got laid off days before audition. They closed down 2 days before the audition.
They kept us in a building with no windows with 4 security guards
I´m not on this reality TV show. It´s not real! What matters is this little boy.
People that are struggling and that are latching on to something to find hope.
The votes are not real. I know for a fact!
I love doing charity work.
You make your own good news
People should want to be infected by the positivity in the world instead of the negativity
Keeping eye contact with people
Robin Aronson looked in a book and taught me how to keep eye contact.
SONG OF THE SHOW
“Parachute” by James Durbin