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Christmas in November! Concerts start this week!
Friday Nov 25 could easily be Christmas as far as David fans are concerned! It’s the launch of the Archuleta/Pacheco concert tour! So excited!!! Who’s going?
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My Little Prayer now available for Pre-Order
It’s on US Amazon.com, and here is the link! Such a lovely little cover. And David uses the “period” again to accentuate his album covers, just like BEGIN. You can also sample the song and let us know in comments what you think!
Here is the link!
Can’t wait to see the “My Little Prayer” and “The Prayer” package that will be sold at concerts.
Two tracks in a month! This is great!
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Interview with Bobby James!!!
So pleased to tell you we an interview with Bobby James, Musical Director and percussionist with David Archuleta’s band!
When I asked Bobby if he was up for chat with FOD, he replied with a resounding yes!! We had hoped for a Skype for all of you so you could see Bobby respond to the questions but logistics didn’t work being a busy time for all. So Bobby completed the interview in transit this weekend, and it’s awesome!
Thanks again Bobby for talking to us during uber busy times … here it is folks!
~~~~~~~~~ Credit for the above pics: http://bobby-james.com/
Thank you so much for agreeing to participate in this little question/answer interview for Fans of David, commonly called FOD! FansOfDavid.com was created back in 2008 by Richard Parkinson following David Archuleta’s competition on Season 7 of American Idol. We are a fansite with worldwide reaches that provides a place for fans to support and celebrate David Archuleta!
Our readers enjoy learning about other talented artists who work with and/or collaborate with David. We are excited to learn a little more about you!
1. Bobby, can you tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from and anything you want to share about your family. I’ve seen adorable little ones on your Instagram account (@bobjamesdrums) Does music run in your family?
I grew up in Centerville, Utah – and I actually went to the same elementary school as David. My little sister was in the same 2nd grade class with David! Haha! My Mom is an amazing soprano singer and my Dad is a drummer too.
2. What is your first musical memory? What has drawn you to percussion? Do you play any other musical instruments?
I always had my Dad’s drumkit I could go bang on – so it was just something I liked and fell into.
My first “gig” was in 1st grade for one of the 5th grade teacher’s band – I got paid $5 and a snickers bar! I play a bit of guitar and piano, just enough to get by though – nothing special
- The Berklee School of Music sounds really interesting. How did that come about and what did you learn there that helped to guide your career today?
Ever since I had learned about Berklee I wanted to attend – a lot of music legends studied there – I didn’t think I’d be able to afford it, so I didn’t want to get my hopes up – but, I ended up finding a really cheap flight to Boston and went and auditioned just to see what would happen. I was floored when I found out I got a scholarship – i had to hurry and pack my bags and sell my car for the upcoming spring semester. I learned so many invaluable skills there, not only the betterment of my playing but also so many life-skills. They’re really good about setting you up to be employable instead of a starving artist. You also get a chance to learn a lot from your peers there – I was roommates with some great musicians including the guitarist of imagine dragons, Wayne Sermon. Those IG guys are true musicians.
4. What musical groups (along with David Archuleta) have you been a part of in the past? present? By the way, are you aware that we affectionately call it the “ArchuBand’? Thumbs up or down on that name?
I’ve been playing a lot the last few years with a party band called The Party Crashers. It’s a blast – the music is fun and my band mates are so good.
5. Bobby James Productions LLC says it does “Film, TV, Games and Commercials”. Do you also produce? Direct? Can you tell us about some of the projects you have been involved in?
So my production company does music for lots of media projects – mostly commercials, but I’ve had the chance to score 6 feature films too. Those are incredibly challenging and really stretch your creativity.
Big finish is a gaming software company I get to work with occasionally and the Tesla Effect is a game that was produced by them . It’s a continuation of the Tex Murphy franchise which has an amazing dedicated fan base – a lot like fans of David. That project was a labor of love for the whole crew – I ended up composing all the music and creating all the sound effects for the entire game. It was a huge undertaking, but it was a hugely rewarding project. It was a massive game completed by just a handful of crew. The soundtrack is available on iTunes and Spotify, and it’s something I’m really proud of.
Link here: iTunes
7. With these other music-related businesses, how do you juggle being involved in a band like the ArchuBand? Which activity (drumming, producing, other) is your preferred thing to do and why?
I’m really lucky to work on a lot of different projects – and one of those joys is the opportunity to work in a variety of work environments. I love that one week I can score a film and the next I get to design sound effects and the next I get to play with David in front of a big crowd. I really like the variety.
- Who have been your greatest musical inspirations; which artists have most influenced your style or musical directions in the past? present?
I grew up on classic rock, but the more music I listen to the more I find I like. I’m always checking out the latest jazz, film soundtracks, pop, all of it really.
9. Who would be your “dream” artist to collaborate or perform with?
Funny story – Alex Rowe (former DA bass player) and I have been good friends since jr high – and he is constantly teasing me about my recurring dream: I’m at a gig, then Sting shows up to sit in and my sticks start turning to rubber!! It’s like I blew my chance!! Hahahah! Sting’s drummers are always the best and I love his music. Literally my dream gig.
10. What has been your greatest personal music related accomplishment so far? and why?
Probably the Tesla Effect soundtrack – it’s one of the few things I listen back to and don’t cringe. It’s also something I didn’t think I could do – I knew I could play the drums, but to write full orchestra music is an entirely different thing. The guitar player in my party band gave me my first shot at composing a film.
11. So, I had to do a bit of research and of course creeping on social media constitutes research, right? 😉 and I see you are acquainted with Dave Filice. We all know David Filice as bassist extraordinaire for the Archuband in the past, and overall nice guy. Is it really that small of a musical world?
Yes! David is the main bass player for Party Crashers – our party band. He’s a great player. I also went to Jr High and high school with Alex Rowe (another DA bassist) and Mel Shore (our Christmas pianist) .. It truly is a small world.
(Ed Note: You have to watch this vid, this cover band is so much fun! A few clips of Bobby, and Alex Rowe too!. And as suspected, due to Chad Truman’s commitments with NTB tour, the Archuband has a new percussionist. Welcome Mel Shore!)
12. How did you come to join the Archuband? What was that interview like? (only share if you are able to!) Had you previously worked with any of the other musicians in the band?
I got a call from the amazing Kendra Lowe about the opportunity – and I sent in a video of myself playing and got the gig!
13. You all look like you’re having so much fun performing together – what’s the funniest/craziest thing that has happened while touring with them or on stage?
It’s a way fun band – there is a great chemistry between us and David. There are usually a few musical inside jokes that pop out on shows – and those always put a smile on everybody’s face. For example on “elevator” we’ve joked it would be a great punk rock song so Brady might throw in a little punk guitar lick that probably would go unnoticed to the audience but makes the band grin. Fun stuff like that 🙂
(Ed. note: Okay, we are definitely gonna be listening for it next time!)
14. David proudly introduces you as his MD. Tell us about the role of the musical director. What are your responsibilities?
The MD thing is new for me – it’s challenging and a lot of fun. I’m responsible for coming up with arrangements, show flow, fixing any musical issues that might pop up, that kind of thing.
15. How does being on tour with the Archuband compare to other tours you’ve done? Have you enjoyed the crowds? the fans?
David’s fans are awesome. Everybody is so great. I love when I look out at the beginning of a show and see a Dad looking guy in the audience, clearly there for his daughter, and by the end of the show he’s up and dancing. There always a couple familiar faces too. Such a fun group.
16. What is your favorite song(s) to perform at a David Archuleta show? And why?
I love Numb. It’s a different feel on the drums than most all other songs and it’s fun to wail on it.
17. During Trashing the Camp in Tuacahn, we saw David approach the drum set and looks like he was gonna get more involved lol! Has that ever happened in concert or rehearsals? Have you ever seen how David took to the drums during his pre mission My Kind of Christmas tour? If not, here is a great snippet! Check out 3:35
Fun clip! I love when David interacts with the band! We’re all pretty down to business at rehearsals – those performance aspects come out at the shows. It’s all spontaneous.
(Ed. Note: Here is that Trashin’ the Camp David/Bobby interaction. Love it!) (Click to go)
18. Tuacahn was an awesome experience for many of us who were blessed to be there. Do you have any reflections you’d like to share? How did you enjoy the fan lunch? You played a MEAN salt and pepper shaker!
It’s so great to connect with all those familiar faces! Tuacahn is such an amazing venue.
The way it’s integrated into the mountain and the color and the whole thing just makes a special experience not only for the audience but the performers too.
19. Closing with a few rapid fire questions~
Current favorite song to listen to or sing along with?
Frank Sinatra Capitol years is always good
Which song did you last listen to on your phone or ipod?
“It Follows” soundtrack.
Any pre-concert rituals?
I listen to Chaka Kahn “move me no mountain” before every show. It gets my brain and body hyped up
Favorite “post concert” food?
I eat pretty well but I always crave the most greasy food after a concert. Grilled cheese is the best
Favourite non musical thing to do
I try to get a little alone time in the mountains every once in a while. Kinda resets everything.
20 What advice would you share with aspiring musicians?
Practice!! It’s pretty much about being versatile and musical on your instrument. That’s it. No real secrets. Just get better – all the time.
ONE MORE! Any message you’d like to leave with fans? Anything we DIDN’T ask you that you want to share?
I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it out on the Christmas tour!! Thank you all for the candy we always seem to get too!! We appreciate your kind thoughts!
In closing, I have to show you a screenshot from this weekend’s gig with what seems like The Party Crashers. Watch to the end! Bobby is a hoot, and is the prop king!
*Can’t embed the video, darnit, so here is the link to Bobby’s page and the vid! Lots of fun!
NGL, if I had to play in a band, hands down I’d want to be the drummer. Anchor for the band, can survey what’s going on, don’t necessarily have to sing, and, as it evidenced by Bobby, incredible amount of fun (to go with all that incredible talent).
So, that’s a wrap! Bobby answered all those questions on his iPhone, that’s alot of two-fingered typing! Thank you so much again Bobby for letting us get to know you a bit better. You can expect fans to say hi at the upcoming concerts!!!
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Best Live IG Story! Ever!
David lets us into his TV room and provides commentary to Monday Night’s The Voice episode. This is gonna be a CLASSIC! Natsu! Cheering! Alicia love! Munching! More Natsu! Defining his route! Empathizing with the contestants! All of this! Enjoy!
And a few screenshots I had to take …
Tuesday night IG stories!
And the fun continues, and David shows that he’s an awesome uncle!
— David Archuleta FOD (@FODFansofDavid) November 23, 2016
— David Archuleta FOD (@FODFansofDavid) November 23, 2016
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Indianapolis Fan Lunch!
Well, we have seen how successful fan lunches are! 😉 Joy has done a fantastic job at scouting out an Italian food venue! Meet the group on Monday in Indianapolis!
PLACE: Monical’s Pizza Restaurant
TIME: 1 pm, Monday November 28th
ADDRESS: Traders Point Mall 6010 W. 86th St. Indianapolis, IN
It is 8 minutes from the venue!!!
Joy needs an idea of the number of people attending so please RSVP to
with your name and number attending. No upfront costs; just need to give the restaurant an idea of numbers. Any questions? Tweet Robin at @myheartsong. Thanks Joy and Robin!!!!
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Reposting this information as some rooms are still available!
Hotel Rooms Blocked in Indianapolis!!
A HUGE Thanks to Joy for negotiating and contracting an agreement for fans traveling to Indy for David’s Christmas show on November 28th at the Pike Performing Arts Center!! Rooms will be available for Sunday and Monday nights. Hotel rooms MUST BE BOOKED BY end of day NOV. 22nd in order to get this rate! You may cancel your reservation if needed up until 24 hours before your arrival date.
HOTEL Price $97.95 per night.
It’s a nice hotel with free breakfast, free wifi, free parking, and a nice lobby/breakfast area with a fireplace for hanging out. It is less than a 5 minute drive to the venue!!
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As Found aRound
Christmas Concert Pianist Mel Shore
Joanie found some info on Melanie Shore, mentioned in Bobby James’ interview. We knew that Chad Truman had other commitments based upon tour schedule for the Nashville Tribute Band. Click on her profile pic to go!
So, this weekend, after backing off of social media for a bit, I finally started to catch up, which is what all the MODs tend to do before posting weeek. While I was catching up I decided to hop on to Youtube comments of David’s best music video yet (IMHO). And they were outstanding!!! So many very thoughtful comments.
So I’ll share some of them over the week but I’ll start with twitter. So many “HE’S BACK”-themed tweets. Take a look! Now we need to translate that to even more listeners.
— The Choir Angel (@TheChoirAngel) November 21, 2016
DAVID ARCHULETA IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER
— ❄️Paige VanJingle❄️ (@paigevansickle) November 21, 2016
david archuleta makes me so happy
— Megan Jolley (@meganljolley) November 21, 2016
thx mom for keeping up with David Archuletta's music all these years
— flissa (@omgitsrissy) November 20, 2016
DUDE. David Archuleta's voice = heaven.
— Zinnia⚛ (@zinniverse) November 20, 2016
— stοκεm (@joshstokemmm) November 20, 2016
— Alvin (@alvintasic_) November 20, 2016
David Archuleta- Numb
I am obssesed with this song!!
— Kristan Adi (@kristan_adi) November 19, 2016
Just rediscovered my love for David Archuleta again🙈 did anyone else have a major crush on him back in the day or was that just me?😂😍 pic.twitter.com/xyQV9fwP8x
— ❂Michaela Killon❂ (@M_Killon) November 16, 2016