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LA based singer/songwriter Adam Friedman is gearing up for an epic 2017, with the release of his forthcoming debut EP ‘Green.’ The project is set to dropped February 10th and has many anticipating pure sonic goodness.
GroundSounds recently caught up with Adam to talk about his latest EP, musical inspirations and more, check out the exclusive interview below.
For those just discovering your music, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started?
I started writing and producing my own music when I was 10 years old. My mother got me a tape player to listen to Hooked-On-Phonics tapes to help me read. I quickly learned how to record my own music over those tapes. From there, I had an explosion of musical phases from: Blink-182, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, John Mayer, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen and on and on. I stay busy with music every single day. It’s the sun of my universe that I revolve around.
What was it like growing up in Los Angeles? What do you enjoy most about the city?
Growing up in Scottsdale, AZ was, on my parents’ behalf, a safe and comfortable place to raise a family and I am grateful I had a good upbringing. For me personally, I never felt at home there. I always knew I needed to get out to LA. My father, having grown up in LA, would take us there a few times a year to visit his family. I always dreamed of moving out there and made it a big goal of mine. The fact that I call LA home now is truly a dream come true. My favorite part about LA is the community of people I’ve surrounded myself with. I get to work with some of the best writers, producers and musicians on the planet. Also, California is home to some of the most beautiful places and people which inspires a healthy progressive culture that I love to partake in.
Can you tell us about working on and bringing your forthcoming debut EP Green to fruition?
The EP comes from ideas, new and old, that I’ve been toying around with for a while now. It tells an important story of loss and how it taught me that there is much more to be gained in my life. It was a good balance of collaboration and long hours spent alone in my room sussing out the production and writing. Right now, the way I prefer to work is to get in the room with people I enjoy working with, throw around ideas, build a solid blueprint for the song and then take the blueprint home and work out the details of the songs and their productions.
I wanted a simple, distinctive way to separate my projects so I thought: color coordination. As far as starting with the color green…I have my reasons but I’d rather have people guess that one for themselves 🙂
What was it like touring with Mike Posner and opening for Maroon 5? What were these experiences like?!
Touring with Mike was incredible. I got to see how a touring act functioned and how all the people and the rolls they play affect the group as a whole. It was a learning experience more than anything. Also, I gained some new, wonderful friends along the way as well. I love his crew! They’re all so good to me.
What do you enjoy most about being on the road and performing?
I love being on the move and playing my songs for people! I find jogging around new cities is an essential way of exploring new spots and staying healthy at the same time. Obviously playing my songs for people is what it is all about though. It’s my preferred form of communication.
What was the inspiration behind your single “Sad?”
At the time when I wrote this, I was at a low point in my life. I was going broke, my relationship with my girlfriend was slowly coming to an end and I was surrounding myself with too many distractions. I was Sad. Yet, everyone around kept trying to make me feel better as if being sad was a bad thing. I ultimately chose to be okay with the sadness and let it guide me to brighter pastures and it totally did! I needed to write that song. It was an important part of my story in getting over that period in my life.
What musicians/bands are you currently listening to?
Chance The Rapper, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Garratt
After the debut EP, what’s next for Adam Friedman, what can fans look forward to?
Television performances, more music, videos, an open dialogue with my fans, and hopefully a tour soon!