Adam Lanceley – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music with the hope that I might be able to start something resembling a career when I was about 19 & had left East 15 Acting school realising that it didn’t really suit me. I had issues of my own that I would rather try to express than those of a character in a script in the way a director wanted me to. Looking back on it, I think I was quite lucky that the circumstances presented themselves to me so I could follow the path that I love & has been so important to me, helping me cope with all the good & bad in life. It was a colleague in a part time job I had while I was trying to figure out what to do with my life after acting school who suggested I started playing the guitar & he’d teach me. Much as I wanted to find I’d been harbouring a natural flare for the guitar, I quickly realised that I just wanted to write down all the feelings I had & give them my own unique signature tune to in the form of songs. I think my biggest inspiration was The Beach Boys. I drew strength from their beautiful harmonies & sincere, youthfully innocent lyrics to help me through a tough time I had with anorexia. I love their pioneering mixture of 12 bar blues with harmonies with rock music.
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I always loved listening to music, well before I even had an idea that creating my own kind of sound would become a part of my life. I wasn’t like all my friends way back when & when they were listening to the latest top 10  on Top of The Pops, I was more concerned with either listening to my Dad’s Roy Orbison – the Best Of … Collection or adding to my very old skool CD rack with other stuff from that era like Elvis, The Eagles or The Rolling Stones!  I think that this ‘alternative’ listening material helped me find my own style in the music I make today.
 
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writing & playing for around 14 or 15 years now & used to gig fairly regularly around London. Due to an undiagnoseable energy sapping condition, I don’t play as often as I’d like to anymore – but watch this space… I’ll be back rocking soon!

 
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
The great thing about music, for me at least, is the best feeling & moment in music is when you record a tune that you’re sure is better than anything you’ve done before! So it’s likely to keep recurring. I think when it stops’ll be a sign to me that perhaps it’s time I did something else with the rest of my life!
 
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
The great thing about music, for me at least, is the best feeling & moment in music is when you record a tune that you’re sure is better than anything you’ve done before! So it’s likely to keep recurring. I think when it stops’ll be a sign to me that perhaps it’s time I did something else with the rest of my life!
 
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Prior to this – ‘Postcards from Then…’ album I have recorded 4 others, all available on free stream or download stores (spotify, iTunes, etc.) – feel free to check them out & enjoy!

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