Many recognize him from the hit tv show “American Idol” as a celebrity favorite and first ever 13th finalist. Now, Anoop Desai is shattering tradition and making pop culture history.
With the release of his debut album All is Fair, Anoop has already made a notable impact on the music scene topping the iTunes Pop Chart at 14. The album blends Pop, R&B, and Indian influences to create a unique independent sound. After collaborating with Grammy Nominated Producer/Engineer Ian Schreier (Gnarls Barkley, Velvet Revolver, Cash Money, Morrison Poe (Nile Rogers), Obie Trice, Big Pun, 9th Wonder, and Mystical), and co-writing/producing tracks with close friends Josh Hoge, Zach Crowell, David Mikush, and Brandon Rogers (“American Idol”) Anoop is ready to release even more songs with the deluxe addition of All is Fair on November 9th, 2010.
We sat down with Anoop to talk more about his album, geek chic style, and the meld of music and fashion.
What inspired the sound of your debut album?
I’ve always been a pop music junkie. From listening to the radio while I waited for the bus in elementary school to discovering Motown and southern rock, pop music has always affected my musical sensibilities. My debut album was crafted around this sensibility: catchy songs with lyrics that can speak to a variety of people in different situations but all, ultimately, based on my life and experiences.
What is your favorite song off the album?
The title track, “All is Fair (Crazy Love)” is a personal favorite of mine.
You have a very keen sense of style and you’re calling it geek chic. Tell us about it and what influences your look.
I’ve never tried to be someone I’m not, so I’ve taken from everything I’ve ever been a part of- from southern fratty to geeky glasses. I’m trying to meld them all into something that’s uniquely me but also accessible.
Who are your favorite designers?
Moods of Norway is my go-to right now!
How do you feel music comes together with fashion?
I try and dress the way my music sounds– colorful, tendy, and polished but always accessible.
Photo Credit: JSquared Photography