This week's Examiner comeback is fresh with a new interview. Adam Smith (the artist, not the founder of capitalism) joined us on Skype (not the naughty type of videochat) for a few minutes to talk about his upcoming album, titled "Around the bend", due to hit the stores on January 31st. This second album from the artist features 12 original songs, with a folk-pop, almost rock sound to it, with contemplative and "meditative" lyrics, to use Adam's wording. He says that this album is closer to his own voice, that it is stronger than his debut album as he spent more time recording and arranging, well, preparing for its coming.
Besides the usual references and inspiration, such as Stevie Nix and Jonie Mitchell, Adam confesses that touring has had an influence on his music. He spent much time writing songs while he was on the road, and singing live has changed his voice, to the point where you can almost "hear the travel" in his voice. And what about the next tour? They are still preparing the promo tour, and no big dates have been booked yet. So you might wanna put your city out there for him to notice!
But the album is not all that Adam has in stores for us. He also collaborated in a film that will be featured at the Sedona International Film Festival, called "And the Sky Would Never be the Same Again", which was produced by his booking agent, James Colletti. The documentary touches the environmental and human impact of air travel, with some original and archived footage. His visual art, which travels with him on tour, will also be featured in a theatre performance, called "Dreaming and Water" in April, a show in which his art will be coming to life.
The other cool thing to mention about Adam revolves around his involvement in his community. In fact, after visiting the volunteers of Teen Life Line, he was so inspired by their work and their stories that he wrote a song, "A Friend Is a Stranger". He released it into a single, and all proceeds from this song go to the benefit. Talk about selfless!
If you wanna check him out in his upcoming tour, make sure to keep updated on the dates via his website. He does not plan to come to Montreal anytime soon, but if there is a fan base, he would probably make the extra effort, don't you think?
As usual, there was a little exercise of mental quickness in the rapid fire questions. In this exercise, Adam did confess that his first love is the piano, and that if he had to pick, he would most likely stick with this instrument. He also said that although he navigated a lot with his style, it is mostly like playing dress up, and that he started to really enjoy the medieval look, although he would not go as far as playing D&G! He also prefers cats over dogs, N'Sync over the Back Street Boys, Country over Western and X Factor over American Idol. If you plan to spend a vacation with him, take him to the beach, plan an evening of dining in, and make sure there are no zombies!