Adam Rader

 

Adam Rader, like so many artists we have the chance to speak to, is quite new to the scene… building up a portfolio of shows, EP’s, and accolades as he makes his way through the tough and volatile indie world. Any artist will tell you, it’s no simple task to make a living as an indie artist – it needs to be something that engulfs your whole life, completely. After hearing Rader’s answer to the “I am really onto something!” question however, I have no doubt he has the commitment to make it as an indie star.

“I wrote a song called ‘A Beautiful Parade’… It's a linear story based on my grandparent’s lives. It tells the story of a couple being young and falling in love, getting married and growing in love, then growing old and dying in love. People can die of heartache, and I was with my grandfather the last few months of his life. He was in perfect health, but within 8 months of my grandmother being gone, he was gone. I had always felt sad about his death, but writing the song helped me realize how lucky I was to have seen their relationship and what a beautiful parade it was… I mean, what else can you ask for in life? Grow old and die madly in love.”

Rader currently has a cover out called “In the Ghetto” – a great representation of his acoustic/vintage style. He gave us a little but more on what we should expect from his upcoming album: “The songs on the upcoming record vary quite a bit stylistically and in production. Some of the songs are more acoustic and some of them have big production and lots of things going on.” You can expect a new Adam Rader record come summer 2011, so get ready and check out a show in the meantime. There’s more to get into, so keep reading for the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Adam Rader

PEV: How would you describe your sound?

Adam Rader (AR): My sound is acoustic pop/rock, with a vintage twist. The songs on the upcoming record vary quite a bit stylistically and in production. Some of the songs are more acoustic and some of them have big production and lots of things going on.

PEV: What kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

AR: I wouldn't say I have one main influence. When I was a kid my dad had a record player in the house. He had a Dylan record that had "Like A Rolling Stone" on it. I remember listening obsessively to that song and Don McLean's "American Pie."  Those songs turned me on to my love for singer/songwriters. Being from Virginia, Dave Matthews Band was a big influence. I got really into Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Otis Redding, The Police, and an endless list of other bands and artists. All of them influence me in one way or another.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

AR: I do. It happened when I wrote a song called " A Beautiful Parade."  I came home from hanging out with friends one night and started working on this chord change groove thing. It had a fifties feel to it. Lyrics started coming and 15 minutes later I was done with the second chorus, and bawling my eyes out because I realized what the song was about. It's a linear story based on my grandparents lives. It tells the story of a couple being young and falling in love, getting married and growing in love, then growing old and dying in love. People can die of heartache, and I was with my grandfather the last few months of his life. He was in perfect health, but within 8 months of my grandmother being gone, he was gone. I had always felt sad about his death, but writing the song helped me realize how lucky I was to have seen their relationship and what a beautiful parade it was. It was the kind of thing where serendipity takes you by the hand, and say's "let me teach you something young man." I mean, what else can you ask for in life? Grow old and die madly in love. I see that song connect with people when I play it live. It's a song that keeps me in touch with my parents' and grandparents' generations, and a message that is totally relevant today. Needless to say, after writing it I definitely felt like I was "on to something."

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Adam Rader show?

AR: You can expect a highenergymusicthatwillmakeyoudanceandfeelgoodbutthinkfunshow, if I can put it in one word. I do two types of shows right now. One is with the band and is big and high energy. I'm also touring acoustically which is more raw and intimate.

 

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

AR: Truthfully, I could get all existential and tell you how I focus on being in the moment with the crowd and how this is what I was born to do, and those are things I think. At the end of the day I can honestly tell you 9 times out of 10 the first thing I think when I step on stage is " Is my belt tight? I don't want to show people my crack when I bend over!"

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

AR: Ultimitaley, I want to make music that people can relate to. I want someone to be able to apply their life experience to a song and make it their own, so it becomes something meaningful in their life, because it's meaningful in mine. That is what inspires me. To know that you are not alone in the way you feel. I think anyone that listens to music has songs that are the soundtrack to their life. If one of mine makes it in the playlist, I'll be a happy man. With that being said, I like to package it in the type of grooves you can shake your ass to. Haha.

PEV: How did you chose "In The Ghetto" as your cover tune?

AR: Haha. It involved a wrong turn on the way to a gig that landed us in not the best of neighborhoods. I was with my manager and best friend and got off at the wrong exit. My manager looked at me and said where the hell are we, to which I responded, " In The Ghetto." My buddy asked me if I had ever heard the Elvis song, which I hadn't. I went home and listened to it that night and was blown away. It's such a poignant and powerful song. It had to be the first cover song I recorded.

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

AR: I don't ever feel like I have block. There are times when I don't write for a while, but I feel like it's because I'm busy filling up the harddrive with the experiences I need to write about. When there is a song that really needs to be written, it usally finds me

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Adam Rader?

AR: I recently got into cycling for exercise. It's funny because I'm a tall skinny dude. I'm 6'6, and look pretty rediculous with a bike helmet on barreling down the road. My friends laugh at me.

PEV: When Saturday Night Live calls and wants you as their musical guest. Who is your dream host and why?

AR: Justin Timberlake. I laughed so hard my side hurt when I saw the " Dick In A Box " skit for the first time. He's just one of those guys that is multi-talented and funny as hell.

PEV: So, what is next for Adam Rader?

AR: Touring.The record is almost done and set for a mid-summer 2011 release. We're releasing the first single "Any Way I Can" to radio and online the beginning of February. Follow me on Twitter @adamrader, Facebook Adam Rader, and at my website www.adamrader.com

 

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