Hey Gasmii, I had the chance to catch up with Michael Sarver after his elimination on American Idol last week.
Here’s the interview:
Q: Michael, what did you learn from your experience on Idol?
A: I actually through my experience on Idol I learned just how much I love my family, because I’ve never been away from them that long. I really got a good hold on what my priorities are in life. That is my number one priority is my family and although I’ll always want to do this music thing and I plan on hitting it hard after this experience, it’s really taught me a lot about myself.
Q: When you were on the Oil Rig, did you used to sing on the job and entertain your co-workers?
A: You know believe it or not as much as music is a huge part of my life, I didn’t sing a whole lot for the guys. I did to myself quite a bit. But an oil rig is quite loud, if you’ve ever been on one, you can’t really hear yourself think most of time, so usually I’d hum to myself to keep myself encouraged and positive about what I was doing, but not a whole lot of entertaining the fellows.
Q: What was the conversation like with your wife after the elimination?
A: The first thing that I remember saying was, “Well, I’m coming home.” I think we’re both collectively excited about that. In my wife’s view, she would have been 110% behind me as long as I stayed here. But now that I am off the show, she is quite excited that we get to be together again.
Q: What kind of music do you want to put out?
A: It’s definitely going to be an R&B pop soul album.
Q: Any great memorable mansion moments?
A: The other night as a matter of fact, me and Danny and Anoop played a nice little game of basketball for the purpose of some exercise as kind of letting it all out. It was quite fun. I was horrible, of course, but it was a blast. It’s one of those things where you get on a basketball court with a couple of guys and you have that love for sports in common and just have a good time laughing.
Q: What was it like being with Smokey?
A: That was one of the classiest experiences of my life. For a man of his caliber to walk in a room and instead of shaking your hand, wrapping his arms around you was just some kind of compliment. It means that you can walk into this music business for a lot of years and still keep your integrity about you. He’s done exactly that. He was a class act. He encouraged us in ways that we’ll never forget. I’ll never forget that experience.
Q: What are you going to do when you get home?
A: I’m going to take some time off to spend with my family. I believe they deserve my undivided attention for a little while and that’s exactly what they’re going to get.