- How did you get your initial start in music?
I suppose I found my way to the music industry by accident, really – not to say that I didn’t always think it was a cool thing to be doing – more that regretably I just didn’t think I had the skills to do anything in the business. I was at a loose end after I’d realised that East 15 Acting School wasn’t really suited to me & I left. One of the other people who worked at a bar where I had a part time job was a musician who taught the guitar amongst other instruments & he suggested I should take it up. I realised quite quickly to my disappointment I wasn’t going to find I was a naturally gifted guitarist! This probably had a lot to do with poor fine motor skills I’ve got due to a chronic head injury. I did though, find that I wanted to write down feelings I found hard to express & give my own unique signature tune to. A friend of mine from college prior to this was a sound engineer & the rest is history!
- What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
My ultimate aim in the music industry I think would just be to gain some recognition for everything I’ve been through (car crash, anorexia, etc.) & also to hope that the words I’ve written along with the music that accompanies them will touch or mean something to other people who hear it.
- How long have you been writing your own music?
I’ve been writing down my thoughts & trying to write the kind of music that’ll suit them best to put together as a song for about 15 years now.
- Who are your top three influences and why?
My 3 biggest influences in music have to be first & foremost The Beach Boys. I think they were the group who really got me into the kind of music I try to make. David Bowie for his sheer creative genius & ability to re create his identity time & time again. Thirdly would probably be The Verve. The sentiments they explore in their music had a big influence on my writing.
- Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
I suppose the theme of my current album ‘Postcards from Then…’ is what if… Just imagine the world was straight forward & the single from it ‘The Dream of Yesterday’ is along the same lines: everything was going to be so easy when I was a kid!
- Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
I’m based in London so there’s a pretty rich & eclectic music scene. My favourite venue to play is probably The Fighting Cocks but that’s only because Jimi Hendrix used to play there when he was based in Kingston!
- Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
There are so many other great artists around London just waiting to be discovered, but if you’re into a bit of jazz – funk check out The Groove Monkeys!
- Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Prior to this – ‘Postcards from Then…’ – album I’ve recorded 4 other albums that are all available under my name, Adam Lanceley, on free stream or download stores.