Michael Slezak
May 04, 2010 AT 04:01 AM EDT

It’s hard out there for an American Idol alum. Nine seasons and 107 finalists in, and there are far fewer Jennifer Hudsons and Chris Daughtrys than EJay Days and Scott Savols. Season 8 graduate Anoop Desai recognized that, and so when he finished the Idols Live tour last fall, he decided to try to quickly capitalize on his exposure; taking the money he’d earned from a summer’s worth of live dates, he headed to Los Angeles, and invested in his own career. We caught up with Anoop during a New York City trip earlier in the year, and while technical difficulties prevented us from getting the interview to you before now, we figured with his debut EP, All Is Fair, dropping today, now would be the perfect time to post it. Press play below and hear Anoop discuss the one skill possessed by Kris Allen and Adam Lambert that he envied during his Idol run, the reason he infused some of his pop-R&B tracks with the Indian music he grew up with, and the advantages of joining the “Idol fraternity.” And for all my Idol-related news, interviews, and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.

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