Adam of Another Lost Year Interview

another-lost-yearUgly Scene: Thank you for taking the time for the interview. Adam: Thank you! Ugly Scene:  “Better Days Out” is the bands newest album. Tell me a little bit about it Adam: We went into Cross Trax studio in Memphis TN  with Justin Rimer and we had fifteen or sixteen songs that we wrote. We wanted to put everything in together to make it flow.  You don’t have many albums that do that much these days. They don’t flow, they push one song to the next and there’s weird progressions and you get to the third song and it’s a great song but you think it should be the seventh song.  Or maybe it’s too early to throw in a ballad. We picked the eleven songs that really fit the best and from that we went in and recorded it all. Again Cross Trax in Memphis with Justin Rimer and Jason Gillespie was our engineer and it was the first time we’ve ever been in a studio. We didn’t know what we were doing and I sat there the whole time taking it all in.  I learned a lot about producing an album and I’m really looking forward to the next album because I’m going to get my hands dirty with that one. I’m really excited and I have a bunch of ideas. We released it on September 11th. We would record all day from noon,  that’s rock star morning right there, and go in and record all day and by eleven or twelve your brain is just mush with the creative process and pushing things all day. Your pushing things with each other and Clint would come in and ask what did you do there?  I was like wait for it and by the end and then he’d be like man that really sets that song off. It was a wonderful experience. It was on my bucket list to do an album that I’m proud of. We took it back to the fans that listened to us from the get go and everybody was like, this is it and the thing that will take you to the next level and it absolutely has. Ugly Scene:  “War on the Inside”. Adam: That we did first and was basically our meet and greet with Justin. We just happened to be rolling through in January of last year and met him. It was probably ten minutes long and I could tell it was going to be an awesome experience. The studio was built in the 1800s and you wouldn’t think it was a music studio. He was really down to earth and straight forward. We went back and did “War on the Inside” and about a month and a half later. From that we took off for a couple more months touring. We keep going, we do not stop touring. We did over 220 shows last year. With that and taking nine weeks to record the album we were only home for about 45 days.  You have to be out in front of people and stay relevant. The longest that we took off was three weeks at Christmas time. I’ve never had so much fun as I’ve had doing this. middlebanner-another-lost-yearWe recorded “War on the Inside” over a week’s time and went back out touring and came back and did the rest of the album and now we have “Better Days Out” the full length.  It really shows how serious we are.  We didn’t want to do four or five songs and tour on that for a year. We wanted to do a full length, here’s a roller coaster of a ride. Ugly Scene:  What part of the process did you have in creating the album? Adam: Outside of a hand full of things we kind of touched in on. “Writing on the Wall” I helped Clinton co-write but Clinton came up with everything. He was like here is the songs and this is what it is. I’m one of those people who like my hands in everything but he brought us such a fantastic product that it didn’t need much at all. He’s the man when it comes to that. I’ve never seen a guy write a song so quick. He wrote “Angeles” and “Last Goodbye” in 45 minutes. I started playing a guitar pattern and humming a melody. He goes did you just say forgot about us? I said I don’t know I was just humming. He goes you said forgot about us and he took off with it and an hour later we had a song. Ugly Scene: Do you have a favorite song from the album? Adam:  “Forgot about Us” is my favorite. I helped push that one a little bit in the writing process. It’s the last song on the album.   At that point we have taken you through everything as far as emotions go.  It has this presence that this is the end of the album, the end of the show, the end of everything right now. We usually end our sets with “Forgot about Us” and it’s a good one to bring the house down. Ugly Scene: What’s it like touring as a newer band? Adam: A lot of people that are at our shows if they are not there to see us they have no clue who we are. We get it a lot lately of “We didn’t know you were the guys that sang War on the Inside. We thought it was a cover for a second until you all started singing it.” So people just don’t know yet and we know we have to make a good impression. Clinton is the best at drawing people in. He’ll look at the people sitting at the bar and he’ll be like I know were getting you guys. I’ll give you two more songs before your hanging out with us. Every single time they are coming up and hanging out. It’s a joy to do that every single night and play as much as we do. A lot of people want to take off and live the “rock star” dream and it’s not glamorous. I’ve got a cold right now and I’ve got to sing tonight so there are no days off. Ugly Scene: How did you get into the band? Adam: I had moved from southern Ohio to Charlotte in hopes that I would find my niche. I was in a band but none of the band members really wanted to travel. When you start a band everybody thinks let’s get our fan base here then lets branch out. We did it completely backwards with Another Lost Year.  I met Clinton at an open mic night.  He goes “Are you coming back next week?” I was like I don’t know and he was like please come back next week and do a couple of songs I just want to hear you. I came back the next week and I didn’t know this but he had brought a couple of band members because they were just starting Another Lost Year.  He came up to me afterwards and ask what are you doing tomorrow? He said my bands practicing and I don’t have a spot for you but if you want it I’ll make a spot for you. I went and practiced the next day with everybody, we ran over everything singing my high harmonies, my girly parts and he asked if it would be something I was interested in. I said absolutely. He said cool, go change that ridiculous shirt and let’s go get pictures done and it went from there.    Three weeks later we had a full set, then a new show. Clintons family came out to see him and supported him from the get go. Ugly Scene: Branching out first was a good decision for the band. That’s probably how the band got popular so quickly. Adam: That’s how we became a traveling band.  We couldn’t do anything in Charlotte. We’d email bands, promoters, bookers, venues and nobody wanted to give us a chance. No clue why. So we went to Tennessee because we knew people there and then Huntington WV then up through New Jersey and that’s how we became a traveling band.  Then all we hear is “The Midwest”. The Midwest is where Rock and Roll is.   That’s where we took off. This is our third time in Omaha and it’s a great town. It’s top five of the best stages we’ve played.   We are in a really good spot where we have to turn shows down now. We found a formula that works for us. Ugly Scene: Do you have any advice you could give to someone starting in the music industry? Adam: Just go out and start playing. We get compliments on our playing. We’re tight. The reason we are is because we play every single night. You have to keep playing, keep playing and keep playing. Get your product out in front of people and get a solid recording. Not some basement recording, a solid recording. I don’t care if it’s just a song. I know we kind of jumped into it going full length but get one good song and you’d be surprised at some of the support that you get and random people will start latching onto you. 164907_521848621203049_236449058_nAnother thing is perseverance. We’ve went through three transmissions in our old van and blown out two tires in a week. I’ve sold everything that I have so that I can do this and have never been happier. Ugly Scene: You’ve recently toured with Screaming for Silence a local band here. Adam: They are an awesome band and group of guys. We’ve toured with some bigger bands out there and they aren’t as cool as those guys. They don’t have the heart that those guys have. I see a lot of us in them. They went out with us for a month and a half. Ugly Scene: One of the purposes for Ugly Scene is looking at the other side of glam. That comes from the idea that music is inspiring and music can, in my opinion, save someone’s life. Also that if a person hears someone that they look up to musically talk about certain issues they can get the help they need. Would you like to talk about anything regarding this? Adam: Where I’m from is a really bad place for drugs. I know there are a lot of places across the country like that and I’ve seen a lot this past year. I just found out that a guy that graduated a year before me over dosed and died. It’s an awful thing to see people go through. Before the band I had a really bad drinking problem. I rarely drink now because we don’t succumb to that.  It’s a really bad thing to see someone go through especially someone you care about and I’ve seen people go down because of it. Everybody has their demons and that is kind of what “War on the Inside” is about. We have a support system here in this band and it’s a great thing.  I think it’s one of the reasons we have been able to pound the pavement the way we do. Ugly Scene: It was great talking to you. Thank you so very much for the Interview! Adam: Thank you - Michelle Saltzman and Michelle Lynn (has a blast interviewing you Adam!) For more information go to: Website Facebook Twitter

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