I get a lot of PR emails every single day. Out of those PR emails, there are often only one or two artists that are even slightly talented, The other day, I received a press release for a young lad who goes by the name of Alex Adams. I can be honest when I say, he was honestly one of a few artists I've been excited to interview since hearing their material.
Alex takes a bit of pop, a bit of British culture, everything you love about your guilty pleasures, and manages to blend them all together into a damn good pop artist. I had a chat with Alex on the phone, and besides being one of the politest people I've had to deal with in the industry, he also had a lot to say, so let's get to it!
I started by talking with Alex about how he would describe his sound, cause I personally found it quite hard to describe. "I suppose myself and other people have called it "dirty pop". Songs I write have a very pop structure and I love to write catchy big hooks. I have a musical background of stuff like garage etc. so you get this kind of "dirty pop" sound from my music"
We then had a bit of a chat about his influences, and how the music landscape has changed over the past few years. "I love Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, some people, and I have to stress this is not me, have said I sound like MJ, and it's obviously a massive compliment. I used to listen to "History" all the time. But musically, there is all sorts of pop, soul and a bit of everything in there." We went on to talk about how the success of Frank Ocean and The Weeknd kind of came out of nowhere. Could Alex do the same? Let's hope so!
After listening to Alex's EP "Open Eyes" several times, I had decided that I have to see him live, so, I asked him what we can expect from one of his live shows. "Expect funky dancing. I'm not a stand still performer; I was in a band before and used to travel all around the place. Stuff now is a lot more controlled, and being solo is a lot more of what I'm about. There's something about a live show and my music that gives me this buzz that you have to get moving. It's in your face, but nothing too heavy, you can dance to it, you can cry to it. It's definitely exciting. I have the attitude that I'm gonna do my thing, I love my music, and the fans get let themselves go and do whatever they want." I don't know if I want to show people my "funky dancing" but, I'll definitely be getting down to one of Alex's shows! I think you should too!
I then spoke to Alex about his new EP "Open Eyes" (which is bloody brilliant by the way), here's what he had to say "I've only been doing my solo stuff for a year, and a lot of it's been about finding myself, and that's why the EP is called "Open Eyes" really. Regarding the kind of year that I've had, finding myself, realizing what I'm about as a solo artist etc. An album will be on it's way somewhere down the line. But for now we have the EP, from which you can expect variety. "Control" is a weird alternative take on R&B, "Lola" is a lot more poppy, "Bad Blood" is very much 80's. So, a lot of variety! There's easy listening, but also some dirty sounds in there too. "Pic N Mix, but always hooks". It honestly doesn't sound like anything else out there at the minute, which is why, I think it's only a matter of time before Alex breaks through!
I then asked Alex which of the songs off the EP is his favorite, "Control" is definitely the one song out of my material that I'd say to listen to. I like to think it grabs your attention quickly. It's definitely one of my favorite songs. One of my favorites on a personal level though would be "Scared To Run" I think to be honest, it has more of a meaning behind it with what the song is about." The whole EP is brilliant guys, just listen to all of it!
Finally, I asked Alex what he hopes the future will bring. "I'm
hoping the EP will open a few doors for me to hopefully tap into stage 2.
Expect lots of new material, videos etc. It should be exciting" I'm sure it will Alex, I'm sure it will.
Well, there you have it. A top lad who also happens to make brilliant music. I think he deserves to be big, and that's why you guys should....
I'd like to thank Alex for taking the time to do this interview.