Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Catching Up With Tony Adamo The Miles Of Blu Interview!

If there is a hipper cat on the planet than Tony Adamo, I would love to meet him! A recent conversation with Tony follows:

Critics label artists because it’s so much easier than having to actually "think"  about the artist or where they or their music comes from. so who is tony Adamo?

T.A. "I am a man who leads his life with great respect for others and demands respect in return.  I have lived my life with that idea as the forefront of my existence. I have lost the friendship of musicians and producers because they did not respect the direction my music was going in and wanted to consistently change it to their liking.  Mike Clark believed in my music and respected its unique newness.  In the music world many people say you have to earn your just dues to earn respect. This outdated way of thinking just does not lay right with me. No matter what profession you are hip to in life, if you come up with a new hip way to write something, (song, play, movie, novel, invention) on the first take, you have my respect. There are those who think that in order to earn your just dues one needs to take years to be successful.  I just don’t dig that concept.  On the first take is what I am all about!"

Hip spoken word may be the most accurate description of your art. Tell us about the record and where you wanted to go. I sometimes use the term beatnik poetry as your words seem to embrace what's happening today be it music, politics etc...

T.A. "The thought and direction behind MILES OF BLU (MOB) took shape many years ago.  I had no idea this would be a new genre of vocal/hipspokenword.  Many of the lyrics I wrote from MOB were made up in studio as I was recording.  My free form hipspokenword flow turned out to be better than the lyrics I had originally written.   Dig this Brent, Mike Clark to this day has no idea that I started in music as drummer.  While playing drums, congas, or other percussion instruments in various bands I belonged to, I would hear words in between the licks I was putting down.  I was not hearing singing, but whole sentences of spoken words between my drumming notes. I never knew what beatnik poetry was until my early twenties.  When I tried to dig Kerouac and all the heavy beat hipsters, their beatnik poetry was not jiving in my head.  I had to come up with my own voice without being influenced by the great beat poets, Kerouac, Ginsburg and LaMantia.  I stayed away from listening to Mark Murphy’s spoken word and Gil Scott Heron’s political sayings.  About the only cat I really dug was not a musician at all.  Lenny Bruce’s comic delivery set me on my path.   His timing and endless free thinking riff delivery on the spot, inspired me.  An example from MILES OF BLUE would be “The Power of Funky Madness.”  Mike and his crew laid down the music tracks for “Funky Madness” without my vocal hipspokenword.  That track collected dust for six months.  Mike finally ended up adding horns and guitar in studio.  Mike asked me if I had any lyrics yet.  I said something like “Bro I have it covered” and told him to let the music roll.  What you hear is a free form riff that came to me in the moment.  I was being vibed across my creative mind by Mike’s drumming.  The Texas Shuffle he was laying down was my guide for the hip words that flowed from me.  The recording of my vocal hipspoken word on “The Power of Funky Madness” was done in one take.  I have no idea where the words came from.  When I finished recording I had to listen to the playback in order to write down the words because I could not remember what I said.  Oh yeah baby!"

Producer/drummer and all around nice guy Mike Clark carries some serious weight. What was the most important thing mike brought to the table and what did you learn as an artist from working with him?

T.A.  "What Mike brought to the table was friendship, all encompassing friendship.  Mike chants and I meditate daily.  This bond of what we do different, but the same, brought enter peace and knowledge to the MOB project.  Mike and I were digging the same groove consistently.  I came up with a new way to say the same old thing and Mike wrapped his jazz, funk creativity and deep drum playing around my new concept.  His leadership and dedication to this project brought it all together. I learned that Mike is a supreme producer in seamlessly managing the musicians and the music on MILES OF BLU."