INTERVIEW: LA’s Dance Band Adámas

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re doing great! Enjoying every moment of our promotional tour in Greece!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Change It”?

It’s been well received here in Greece. People have told us that they identify with the message of the song. It’s interesting to see how despite our geographical differences, our internal (and often external) struggles are so similar.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

No individual element inspired this song. It is a collective reflection on our power for transformation and perseverance.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

It’s in the works and highlight several of the locations we have visited here in Greece.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was rather smooth. Stefanos brought some ideas to a rehearsal and we chopped them up, flipped them around and added some of what we now call “Adámas sauce”. We also work shopped it in live shows, making appropriate adjustments as we went along. The actual recording was a breeze as we already knew the song and we just went in and did the basic rhythm tracks in a couple of takes. Later, we added some additional backing vocals (Alex Painter and Kara Mack), Guitars (Sergio Aldana and Pat Bailey) and Keyboards (Daniel Mandelman)

What role does LA play in your music?

LA is our common ground and point of convergence. It inspires us to reflect what we see, both good and not so good, in our music.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than with this record?

We find that every collaboration is unique, both in method and result. It’d be convenient to have a “method”, but we like to think we create unique pieces for unique situations.

How do you go on balancing different influences together?

It’s not premeditated, for sure. We dig in and allow whatever is coming through to manifest itself, hopefully without obstacles. Once we have something, we aim to make sure it doesn’t sound like anything else we’ve listened to.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! We have an EP titled “Liminal” that will be released on April 24th. We’re very excited and are looking forward to finishing another album’s worth of material which we’ve been busy recording in the next 6 weeks or so.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

April 24th, 2019.

What are some of the struggles will you get to explore on this record?

Change of place, loneliness and hopelessness stemming from systemic societal forces.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We’re on the road now (in Greece) and will be heading back to California to do some more shows. Looking to be back in Europe later this year and early 2020.

What else is happening next in Adamas’s world?

Lots of new material in the works! We’ve been collaborating with artists from different parts of the world. One collaboration we’re very excited about is a song titled “Together” with Colombian artist Tucuprá. He’s actually here in Greece with us singing the song which we wrote and recorded together in one day last summer in LA. He’s a great, versatile artist and person and we look forward to creating more music together.

Listen To “Change It” Here:


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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