I’m a big fan of PR people that get to know NEXT and know what I like. They don’t waste my time…because I listen to pretty much everything. I know…I’m a geek. Anyway that is how I was introduced to Adam (played his tune in week 545).
Thanks again to his PR firm (and Amal) and thank you to Adam for writing about his life…in music.
Everything from here is Adam:
My Life in Music by Adam Friedman
In 2013 I was 23 and in college. I wrote a song with some friends for a songwriting class. A few months later, I was contacted by a publisher who had pitched the song to a movie. Long story short, in June of 2014, one month after I moved to LA after college, the film studio bought the song. In a series of separate events, the same song was also heard by Mike Posner. Mike liked the track so we met, had great chemistry and boom – that was that.
In my first month living in LA, I was able to create the theme song of a major motion picture, get hired as a voice talent for the same film and began work on Mike Posner’s new album. It was an incredible way to start.
Now, before any of these projects could have ever happened, there’s a back story.
When I was 8 years old my older brother bought a cassette tape titled “Dude Ranch” by Blink 182. I remember we would go to his room and listen to that tape religiously. One of my favorite tracks was Dammit.
I eventually got my hands on a small hand held radio later on that allowed me to listen to music on my own. I would listen to the radio every night before bed, often times staying up way past my bedtime dreaming of one day having my own music streamed through the airwaves. It was magical and I wanted to be a part of it. That little radio became my window to the world. It led me to learning the guitar, piano, drums, and singing. I wanted to do it all! Little did I know these experience would fundamentally change my life.
At the time, I was living in what felt like an overwhelmingly angsty world; I hated school and didn’t fit in with my peers, but wanted to be accepted. That radio provided me context and perspective about where I personally fit in the world, as opposed to just accepting the boundaries of my elementary school in Scottsdale, Arizona. A lot of the music I listened to reflected this time period, such as:
EMINEM – WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS
DR DRE – STILL D.R.E
BLINK 182 – ALL THE SMALL THINGS
THIRD EYE BLIND – CEMI-CHARMED LIFE
I listened to that radio religiously for about a year before my mother got me a tape player/radio unit from RadioShack. Her intention in getting me the tape player was to listen to Hooked-On-Phonics tapes. Instead, I learned that if I pressed the record button while the radio was playing I could record to tape! Suddenly, I had the ability to listen to all my favorite records from Lit, Blink 182, and Sum 41 on the radio at any time. It was magic!
LIT – MY OWN WORST ENEMY
BLINK 182 – WHAT’S MY AGE AGAIN?
SUM 41 – IN TOO DEEP
After that, I expanded to a bigger tape player that had two tape decks. This allowed me to multitrack record. I began discovering the world of multi-track recording.
The next few years of my life were spent in long periods of isolation mimicking my favorite recordings. Fast forward 14 years, I was in college toiling away at my recordings and accidentally stumbled upon a song called “Glorious” that I had no idea would be bought by a major motion picture and attract the attention of a prominent artist/songwriter who would then set me on a course to my dreams: writing, producing and performing my songs as a career.