John Adams Talks New EP “No White Lies” In Exclusive Interview! (@JohnAdamsMusic1)
- How did you get your start in the music industry?
I was actually quite late to the party. I was about 21 years old and working as a maths teacher when I auditioned for the X factor. I didn’t enter to have a career as a musician and I didn’t really consider myself to be a great singer. I really enjoyed the show and I thought it would be exciting to find out what went on behind the scenes. Much to my amazement I had a fantastic reaction and it really opened my eyes to the possibility of music being an alternative career path. In hindsight music has been a burning passion since a very young age but I was told that if I get good grades I’d get a good job so education pretty much took over.
- How would you describe your sound?
I’ve tried to combine the organic elements usually linked to a songwriter with some minimal electronic sounds to try and make something a little more modern that still keeps the vocals and the storytelling as the focal point.
3, Who are your musical influences?
I’m a huge fan of the way Passenger tells a story and I’m a sucker for a real good voice such as Sam Smith, Emeli Sande and James Bay.
- How did you narrow down the songs you chose to use on your most recent EP ‘No White Lies’?
To be honest I don’t have a very good attention span. I pretty much only ever write half a song at a time and it’s only the ones I’m excited about that I actually get excited enough to finish. That’s pretty much my selection process but I really need to start writing complete songs to give them the best chance of ever seeing the light of day. I’m working on it!
- What is your favorite song off of the EP?
My favorite is “Million Lives”. I’m a big fan of your traditional love songs with minimal production and well written strings and I think this is the closest I’ve come to writing the type of music that I listen to in my spare time. Sometimes when I’m writing I agonise over a lyric and eventually settle for the best I can come up with but when I wrote the lyric “If I had a million lives, I’d find you a million times” it was exactly what I was trying to say.
- What has the fan reaction been like to the album?
The reaction to the tour and the album alike has been incredible. I consider myself very lucky to be releasing music to an audience that are keen to listen and are as excited to receive it as I am to release it. The EP reached number 2 in the Songwriter charts among some of my biggest idols and the feedback has been overwhelmingly kind. When I was planning the tour I was really scared to play in cities that I’d never played before but every date has been full of the kindest people and I keep asking myself “Who are these people? and how do they even know I exist?”. I’ll be sad to see it come to an end.
- Is there a particular song you’ve noticed many fans are taking a liking to?
What’s always shocked me about releasing music is that everyone seems to have a different favourite. Sometimes someone will declare their love for a song that almost didn’t make the release. I guess people just relate to different lyrics and different moods depending on their age and situation. I’ve had some messages from couples that are getting married this year that would like “Million Lives” as their first dance which is really special. It’s wonderful to think my music will be the soundtrack to such a life long memory.
- What was the filming process like for your music video ‘Million Lives’?
Well my first memory is how unlucky we were to pick the coldest night of the year. It was minus 2! The performance in the woods was real good fun. My family and friends came down and in-between takes we did a few songs and it felt like a campfire sing along, minus any form of heat of course. lol. The torches made the evening feel quite magical and it will be a beautiful keepsake to look back in a few years and see how badly we’ve all aged.
- Are you currently working on any other projects you’d like to share with your fans?
At the moment every ounce of energy is used up on the tour and the EP release but we have the last date this week. After that I’m hoping to take a little break and I’m really looking forward to getting creative again. When I’m busy and on the road I make notes and record voice memo’s on my phone so I can’t wait to bring the ideas to life. I’ve also began writing for other people in the last 12 months so I have a few releases by other artists. It’s been a great exercise to write in different genres and I’m looking forward to seeing how they are received.
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