What is your name?
What is your genre of music? Country/Country Pop/Country Rock
Give us a little bio about you. I’m 25, the youngest of 4 siblings, and I was born and raised in Essex, UK. I’ve been working in bands for most of my time as a musician but recently decided to go solo. I would describe my music style as a mix of Modern Country with 80’s Rock influences.
What made you go into music?
The only real musical influence I had growing up was whatever my dad was playing on the radio, so that kinda lead me into the world of rock and metal, By my early teens i was really into 80’s hair metal bands like Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Skid Row, Van Halen and Whitesnake. These days I’m way more into Country music, after Justin Moore’s cover of Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue and Steven Tyler’s solo country album i was hooked, and they kinda lead me on to more Country artists that I listen to now.
It’s difficult to say exactly when I decided to become a musician, I remember being asked by a friend once if I could sing, he wanted to get a band together, and I said “I don’t know but I guess we’ll find out!”. We got in a rehearsal room and made a horrendous noise for an hour or so and I don’t think it ever went any further than that, but I did enjoy being in front of a mic. Then I decided to study music at school. After the first year they put on this showcase band night that me and a few other guys played in as a band, it was actually a pretty big gig, and on a stage a lot bigger than most of the ones I’ve played since. Looking back we were just awful, out of tune, out of time, and I think we did it without a bassist, but we put on quite a show and for some reason they loved us, and I remember the feeling as we left the stage and the audience cheering for us, i just wanted to turn around and go back up, so I guess that was probably the first taste I had of wanting to pursue a career as a performer.
Who are your influences?
My main influence as a singer, songwriter and performer has always been Jon Bon Jovi. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a bit of a fangirl, but to me it’s a lot more than that. He’s everything to me that Springsteen and Dylan were to him at my age. I’ve studied his vocal techniques and live performance techniques for years. I admire him for his work ethic, his honesty as a writer and ultimately his attitude as a human being, as well as his charity work. I think the most important thing I’ve learned from Jon is to be myself, that I would much rather be the world’s first Adam Brucass than the world’s next Jon Bon Jovi.
Some other artists that have really put a stamp on what I’m doing at the moment are Darius Rucker and the Zac Brown Band, their style is something I find to be quite similar to my own, especially in a writing and production sense. I also really enjoy Justin Moore and Luke Combs.
Are you signed?
I’m not, but if you guys know anyone at Sony Nashville or Big Machine Records, you can give them my number!
You released your new single ‘That Guy’, tell us more about the single.
It’s a pretty cool track, it’s got a really awesome, what I’ve been calling a ‘Tom Petty’ style driving country beat to it. Its very much a ballad theme, just with a bit more pace, the lyrics are some of my favourite that I’ve written, it’s a bit of a story I guess, a guy trying to convince a woman that he’s still the same man he was when they first fell in love despite a long and trying relationship, so i guess it’s kind of sad in that sense but with a positive undertone.
What is the meaning behind the single?
My writing process is a bit different to most songwriters in that I don’t usually write about my own experiences, when I do it tends to come out a bit boring and a bit dreary so I write songs i would want to listen to, and this is really one of those. I don’t think it has any real meaning as much as it just has a good sound and it’s enjoyable to listen to. I don’t want to pretend like I have anything profound to say, I’m not a politician or a preacher, I’m an entertainer.
What was the writing and recording process like?
That’s an interesting one, the song was actually written, recorded and produced a few years ago when I was in a band called Hollow County, that was a really great band, we had a lot of potential but life just ended up getting in the way I think. The song was co-written with my good friend Dean Bonning who was the guitarist at the time, he plays on the track, and it also features some awesome backing vocals from Eva Tobin. We recorded the song with a great producer called Arthur Walwin who also produced my first single earlier this year, we’ve also got plans for more stuff over the next few months so keep an eye out for that!
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
I think I’ve probably covered that already, but again I couldn’t have done it without Dean, Eva and Arthur, also Matt Milton who was our acting manager at the time, if I remember right im pretty sure he played the bass parts on the record.
Will we see a Music video for any of the tracks off the album and if so, what can we expect from it?
There is a Lyric Video of That Guy scheduled for release but at the moment it’s only been made available to select fans and members of my Facebook fan group who i chose because of the incredible amount of support they’ve shown in just a few short weeks of being involved and following what i do, so if you want early access you’ll have to join the group! it’s a great community.
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
At the moment I don’t really have a lot of plans for gigs except maybe showcasing a few songs at some local open mic nights. At this stage in my career having really only just begun this solo journey I think I have a lot more work to do in creating good content and building up a community of people to actually play to, I’ve done the empty bars and club gigs miles away from anyone who knows me plenty of times and I just feel like my time is probably better spent trying to make sure I can actually get people to come to those shows before I start booking them, the best way to create and keep good relationships with venues is to fill them and make it worth their time.
What else can we expect at the end of 2021/ Early 2022?
I think I’m probably done for original releases for the year now, I’ve got some plans to release a few more covers especially towards Christmas, and I’m gonna be working on new music over the winter months ready to hit it hard in the spring, i might have something new around January time but i want to pace myself and not rush anything, make sure its all the best it can be before it goes out.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I must get asked that every 5 years, and every time it’s been something like “a headline world tour!” with whatever band i was in at the time, I think I’ve learnt to not try to predict that kind of thing anymore, especially with the way the industry is changing so rapidly, it’s a different ball game to what it was 5 years ago, and I’m sure it will be unrecognizable 5 years from now, so I don’t think I can say exactly where I see myself, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have ambition. Knowing that what I’m doing now is my own and it can’t be lost or taken away when someone quits the band gives me a lot more confidence that I can get to where I want to be, Wembley Stadium or Madison Square Garden would be nice!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Aside from being a music fan I’m also a massive geek, I’m a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings and one of my favourite quotes from the books and films is “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”. Pursuing a music career means facing a lot of things that are out of your control, so it’s up to you to work out what you can do to make the best of any given situation.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Like I mentioned before, I don’t gig very much these days, but some things I try to remember if I am are:
1) Make It A Show: Engage with your audience, they are there to see you play, not just listen, so make it worth watching, if you use the space to your advantage, loosen up and look like you’re enjoying yourself, they will too.
2) Read The Room: While it’s important to make it a good show, don’t go overboard. I’ve seen bands where the singer’s doing power slides on his knees in a club with 6 people watching, and 2 of them are his parents, if you’re in it to be taken seriously you need to be able to appropriate your performance to the venue and the audience, if you’re not, do what you like!
3) Tell Your Audience Who You Are! So many artists play shows and don’t even mention their name or the band’s name, you’re up there with microphones and the whole room looking at you and paying attention to you, make sure they remember who you are, get a banner made, do something.
4) Network and Talk to People: You’d be amazed how far you can get just by being nice, talk to people after the show, buy people drinks, make friends and make connections with people, take an interest in them and they will remember it.
5) Get A Good Sound Guy: Sound guys hate musicians, especially singers, they have no patience for us so try and keep them happy if you want a good sound on stage, and remember that just because it sounds bad through the stage monitors, the audience may be hearing it completely differently through the front of house, don’t let it affect your confidence or performance, just do what you do.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
The best place to be is my Facebook Fan Group! It’s a great little community, very engaging and you get to hear new stuff before everyone else, but it also gives me a chance to engage with my fans personally on a one to one level. So many artists these days spend all their time and resources trying to reach a million people at once, but those million people will forget you in an instant if you don’t have the resources to keep up the engagement like a major record label. I don’t want to be just another faceless entity, I want to meet and know and thank the people that support what i do. Come and join, drop me a message, lets talk! There’s also my Facebook artist Page, Instagram and Youtube, and of course all my music is available to stream on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music etc