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Ad Man / The Pump / Zed / The Rushour
Date Of Birth : 10/14/66
Discography : View all tracks
Adam McEvoy has been playing music since he was THREE YEARS OLD!!! He would listen to his musical teacher or the radio and then copy what he had heard on the piano.
At six years, he was taking music lessons and reading scores. At eight, his parents bought his first two-layer organ style keyboard and by the age of eleven, he was the proud owner of a Yamaha CS-10 synthesiser, which he's still got and uses in his current material! (Check out the bass in his "Positive" remix).
Adam has been a member of no less than seven bands since he was 18. During this time, he bought an ESQ-1 and continues to utilise this piece of equipment today. In 1996, he was introduced to Stage One and his career began to move. With talent such as his, Stage One couldn't pass up the opportunity. They snapped him up and showed him the way.
He can't bear to listen to Heavy Metal, Hard Techno or Gabba, though he believes people have the right to make whatever music they prefer. Adam has tried various styles of music, having being influenced by musical heroes from The Beatles to Bon Jovi. He has been involved in some of Stage One's biggest tracks, such as "Music Maker", "Positive" and "Windows of my Mind" and has collaborated with some of the major players, such as Justin Time, A-Sides, Joey Negro, Steve Johnson and MC MC.
He says, "I listen to anything, even Capital Gold, because they play real music and I can be inspired by the chord structures". Adam also holds a regular DJ spot at a pub in London playing a variety of music from old to new, "Some nights, the pub is packed and we have a really good crowd, other nights, it's almost empty, so I put on a track and go out onto the dance floor to strut my own funky stuff!" You can catch Adam Friday nights 7 - 11 pm at Walkers Wine Bar in Duke Street (near Piccadilly Circus).
Adam says he respects anybody who isn't afraid to try something new. "There is a lot of real talent and new ideas in the UK, but there is too much pressure to follow certain styles or artists. Good tracks stand out, they last for years and aren't always produced with the latest sounds or equipment. Hopefully one or two of my tracks will still be played for a few years, like Love Nation's "Positive" or MC MC "Music Maker".
Outside his music making scene, he runs a small firm, selling carpets. He also writes for adverts and theme tunes for TV and Radio eg. Sub-Zero (a morning kids program) and trailors.
He says, "I like the crowds at raves and all the new ideas and styles, but I also like good event organisers. Pirate stations are still much cooler than official ones and I love small uncontrolled record labels". Perhaps we should sing, "These are a few of my favourite things" from The Sound of Music. Adam could probably play the chords from memory anyway!
Adam also says, "One of these days, I'm going to have a number one hit. I don't care if it's a one hit wonder. Adam would also like to play live keyboards on a stage at Wembley Stadium. "If you want something, go for it and get it - women, jobs, new chords - if it doesn't happen it wasn't meant to...
Straight from the Heart - Doolalley