Hi Adam – welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you, doing good!!
From all the songs out there, why did you choose to cover Wiz Khalifa’s “Work Hard, Play Hard”?
Well that was just one of the many songs I did while performing that night at 1 Oak in Las Vegas for a private event.
What was the approach you were after with this song?
I had the pleasure of attending a Wiz concert. I was stage right and it was at the Rock the Park music festival in London Ontario. We performed the next day with the I love the 90s tour. His energy was crazy and the crowd was turn’t and ready for a party. I just wanted to channel that energy and have a great time.
How was the recording and re-writing process?
I just basically covered the song. So most of the lyrics were the same. It was mainly to keep the party dancing and to bring that big festival energy to 1 Oak.
What role does Chicago play in your writing?
Chicago is my home, so it will always contribute someway or another. It plays a big part in my creativity being that it is a big city and there is a lot of things to be inspired by. Touring allowed me to travel the world, which still gives me a greater appreciation of the city. Minus the crime and politics its still home.
How do you get to balance both the old with the new school of R&B?
You just have to make music that feels good to you. What’s in you will come out, but you have to make room for it. It all derives from somewhere. What is the new school of R&B? There’s so many different styles of music now a day it’s hard to categorize. I just ask, “Is it good?” Which is were the term popular music came from. If it’s good, I’m down.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or covering someone else rather than in your own?
Yea, when I’m first learning the cover song, I do try to channel the artist and put myself in their shoes. Once I learn the song then my own style takes over. If I’m collaborating I pretty much am who I am. Your getting the Adam Emil flavor straight no chaser.
How Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley has influence your music?
They both have made incredibly timeless music that you can play forever over and over. It’s spiritual man. Todays music isn’t about the topics Stevie and Bob wrote about. I actually met with Stevie Wonder. He gave me his phone number, but has yet to return my call. He gave me the secret and now I just have to put it into action.
Does the new cover mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
In this case yes. Hahah I’m dropping some new music this summer!! I’m super excited and I’m looking forward to this release!!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
This summer!! Not sure about the title. You have any ideas? Lol… I’m a bit of an over thinker at times so a lot of my natural choices may never see the light of day. Ex (The Journey Continues, Wherever you go, I’m not Shaken, many mansions)
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. I love performing almost more than anything. My first love is the process of creating my own material. The finish product is my happy place. The second best feeling in the world is performing it to a crowd that refuses to have nothing less than a great time!!!
What else is happening next in Adam Emil’s world?
The release this Summer is were my focus is. Then Ill be hitting the road to promote and spread love. I’m a musician so I make music and perform. I’m working on some acting, a couple scripts, and entrepreneur opportunities, but my main focus is on my music and getting it out to my people.
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