Ed Sheeran and Luke Sital-Singh both know and like this man. There, that should get the young people in! Adam Wedd is an absolutely fantastic musician and, perhaps more importantly, a top bloke. With a wonderful acoustic-led sound, Adam is lining up for the release of his Cathedrals EP at the start of December and he has been kind enough to allow me to bring you one of the wonderful tracks from the upcoming project. In return for this kind favour, I sent him a selection of questions to answer so that I could do as little work as possible. Brilliant. So here’s your introduction to the fantastic Mr Adam Wedd;
For those who haven’t had time to check you out for themselves, who are you and what do you do?
I’m not Adam West, that’s Batman! I’m Adam Wedd, a songwriting singer who, according to my old school report “plays well with others!”
When did you first take an interest in music? Who was your first great inspiration?
I love the way artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Van Morrison & Ryan Adams churn out songs to articulate how they feel about themselves, the world around them almost like journal entries,
How would you describe your sound? Who would you liken yourself too? (Go on, you don’t have to be modest!)
Haha, last year, someone told me I sounded like a young Van Morrison. This pleased me more than when I got told I sounded like Bob Dylan when I was 16. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great songwriter, but he’d never win XFactor.
You’ve links with Ed Sheeran and Luke Sital-Singh, firstly – how? And secondly, how important do you think it is to know the right people? How helpful is it to surround yourself with those who you can learn from?
Ed , Luke & I used to play the same gig circuit , a lot. Luke & I are old friends who go back a long way, making loud music until early hours of the morning. Not sure what you mean by ‘the right people’. I believe that if you want to write songs and perform, there are enough open mice around London and the UK to go give it a go. Nobody ultimately needs those TV talent shows. If people really loved music and connecting with an audience, they can find somewhere to do it, every night of the week! It’s not about who you know, it’s about how hard you work + talent. That was Anders Ericssons,10,000 hours rule made famous by Malcolm Gladwell & Einstein.
Tell me about ‘Big Tree’ – what’s your inspiration behind the track? What message are you hoping it gets across?
This is a very personal song to me about a special place, you know, the kind of place you can return to , again and again. Where you can simply be just yourself.
What’s the sound of your upcoming Cathedrals EP? How does it sit in with the rest of your work? (and, more importantly, when is it out?)
We worked with friends on this record, Bradley Blackwel on Double Bass, Alex Priest on Cello with the wonderful addition of Katherine Moore on backing vocals. It was produced by Dave Izumi Lynch at Electric Zoo Studios in Eastbourne. It’s out on CD December 1st ( available for pre-order via Banquet Record , Bandcamp or adamwedd.com . Then it’ll be out on iTunes January 26th, but you can pre-order that too. We’re all about the pre-order! Or, you can pick one up at a live show as we head out on Tour this autumn!
Where should we be looking to find new artists?
It seems like Kent is the holy grail of new music and Abbie Mccarthy is the Treasure finder! Seriously, there are so many honest, amazing new acts coming out of Kent right now, not just the Garden of England, but the Artists Den. Artists to check out being The Slaves, Dan Clews, IsseyCee, Aaric Snook, Leoni – just a few to get your teeth into! or rather your ears!
What are you hoping to achieve with your music?
Like lots of other worthwhile things, I have short term , mid term and long term goals. Short term, I’ve loving recording Eps, putting them out, playing live shows, doing some radio – it really is the best way to connect. I’ve got some different and probably unexpected things in the pipeline for 2015 which may surprise a few people! Obviously , in the long term I’d love to have an Album out and promote that properly throughout all heaven and earth. Then I’d love to set up studio someone on a little farm and invest in lots of new artists. There’s such a gap in artist development at the moment, what with labels not working the way they used to , because they can’t afford it. I’d really love to step up and get involved in recording and producing other artists. I’m learning lots about that at the moment! Of course, I’ve got plenty of songs pouring out of me at the moment too, so gonna put some more of those out first!
Why do you think we care so much about music?
Music makes the sounds our souls have been longing to hear, that’s why we all care about it, right?
Who is your least favourite cartoon character?
Shredder, from the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles 90’s cartoon version, he gave me proper shivers!
Anything you’d like to add?
Thanks for listening to me talk. A very nice chat indeed. More tea?