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Electronic/indie act Jamie Adam on the soundtrack to his life
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
First albums I ever received were ‘Elephant’ by The White Stripes and ‘Permission to Land’ by The Darkness. Played those two albums inside out as an 11 year old.
What is your earliest musical memory?
Learning to play the tin whistle as a youngster. I hated it but was made practice daily by my mother. I like to think that practice helped instil some discipline into me at an early age.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Probably ‘Seven Nation Army’. That song really made me want to play guitar. Once I had switched from tin whistle to guitar then a whole new world of music opened up for me.
Is there a song/band that you love that was introduced to you by someone else?
I remember my brother playing me some Mac Demarco one day and remarking that all his songs sounded the same. Then I watched his ‘Safe for Work’ Pitchfork session and totally changed my opinion on him. It’s hard not to like the guy.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Anything off ‘Lonerism’ by Tame Impala. I had a bedroom up on the top floor of our student accomodation and I used to go up to my room and play it on repeat. I wasn’t reclusive in college but I enjoyed being by myself. Lonerism had this abililty to take you off into your own world and escape the monotony of everyday life.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
I was an indie noughties teenager so Kings of Leon/The Killers/Arcade Fire/Bloc Party, all that sort of stuff. There would have been acts like The Sex Pistols/Ramones that my Dad was playing. And then I would listen to anything that interested me, didn’t matter the genre.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
‘I believe in a thing called Love’. That song has three guitar solos in it. Or anything off ‘Discovery’ by Daft Punk.
What song transports you back in time and why?
The whole of ‘Funeral’ by Arcade Fire or ‘Songs for the Deaf’ by Queens of the Stone Age. I bought those two albums as a teenager when I was on holidays and every time I hear them I think of those trips. I loved listening to albums from start to finish until it got to the stage where I could hear the start of the next track in my head before it came on.
Which song makes you dance when you hear it?
‘You can call me Al’ by Paul Simon. Anything off that Graceland album to be honest.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
There is a Beach House song called ‘Levitation’, the first track on their ‘Depression Cherry’ album. I always stick it on if I’m feeling a little down. It’s a beautiful piece of music. The ‘Pedestrian Verse’ album by Frightened Rabbit also takes me back to a period in College when I was struggling with low self esteem. It was a real source of comfort at that moment in my life. It saddens me now listening to that record knowing that Scott Hutchison is no longer with us.
What was the first gig you went to?
My parents took my brother and I to see Franz Ferdinand in the Olympia when I was 12. Will never forget that gig. It’s also my favourite venue in Dublin.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
Probably something like ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash. I used to play in a Johnny Cash tribute band as a teenager so that was the first time I ever played to an audience!
Jamie Adam’s debut Album “Melodic Electronic” is out now on all streaming sites.
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