When we asked if you thought Darren Criss (Blaine) was getting too much screen time on Glee, the response was resoundingly in favor of the handsome Warbler having at least one song per show. And get ready to hear even more of his sweet voice, because in the latest issue of Billboard, on newsstands Monday, April 18, Darren reveals that he has a solo album in the works! He also dishes on gearing up for the Glee tour and how being on the show has affected his other projects. Read on for the scoop!
Billboard: Your character, Blaine, was singing so much at one point this season, the show itself even joked about it in a recent episode. Darren: They kind of called it out, which I'm glad they did. Blaine definitely had his moment in the sun. I think it's time to focus back on the characters that fans of the show really know and love. Completely objectively from watching the show, I was like, "Why does Blaine get all these songs? This is ridiculous. I want to hear other people doing stuff." I think we're focusing a little more back on New Directions and taking a little bit of a break from the Warblers.
Do you envision releasing your solo album under the Sony Music family eventually? We're working on it -- we're really excited and it's something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I'm so thrilled that it's something that can happen because of Glee, and like the Warblers album I hope I can do it justice and make it something that people can really enjoy.
Are you mentally prepared to play big arenas on the Glee tour? A year ago, I was so psyched that my first show in L.A. was at the Troubadour. Talk about so much for baby steps. It’s like, ‘Wait - Staples Center, are you kidding me?’ I was happy to drive around in a beat-up, crappy old van with my bandmates and just go to small clubs around the country.
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