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Blog interview: Adam Lanceley

Hello Adam how are you? 

I’m fine thanks, it’s good to talk to you.

Congratulations on the release of Sweeter Than Honey, how does it feel?

Oh thanks, yeah I’m so happy with it! Not just because it shows further advances & development in my music, but also because these are 10 brand new tracks with no old but unreleased tunes to fill out. It’s because for a long time I fell out of love with life & then when I started enjoying it again, in recent years what with lockdown issues etc. there’ve been time restrictions on how much new material I could  finish. So yeah, it feels great!

What’s the story behind it? 

There’s no real story behind it. If something means a lot to me, I put it down in a song so it’s just a continuation of a good vibe.

What’s your favourite track from it?

Call me a sentimental old fool, but my favourite song on it is track 9 ‘Never be Cold’, just feels soulful & heartfelt.

This is your 11th release, what have you learned since your first?

I’ve learnt so much since my first album. Back then it seemed amazing that I’d even finished one! That’s why I wanted to stick as many tunes as I could on it. I wasn’t too confident I’d be able to make any more albums!

You’re a singer songwriter, how did it all begin for you?

It all began back at college where I studied acting. Anyway due to various circumstances, I stopped enjoying that but someone I knew from college was – & the only way to put it is – a musical genius. After college I was at a loose end & started playing the guitar, then writing down my feelings. That led to songwriting & by this time he was already a great sound engineer with his own studio! In a nutshell that’s how it started!

What did you listen to growing up?

Properly old skool stuff! Roy Orbison, Elvis & my favourites The Beach Boys.

Your songs are described as genre fluid how does a writing session begin for you?

“Writing session” is really not in my vocabulary. Basically if I want to write, I write but if I don’t feel like it there’s no point. About  my music being genre fluid, if I think something’ll sound good I’ll try it wherever the inspiration comes from. Maybe that’s why people find it hard to pin down to one genre.

You’ve had appearances on Sky News, and received airplay around the world how did that feel?

Appearing on Sky News & getting airplay all around the world is an amazing feeling that gives me so much pride. But really I have to tip my hat to Pete Bassett & the others at Quite Great PR. There’s so much great music that never gets heard because it’s not publicised in the right way. So Kudos to you, guys!

You have dedicated this album to someone specific would you like to elaborate on that?

This album is dedicated to the same person as my last two albums. Both of them have the dedications ‘For You x’   & ‘Thank You x’ on the  artwork. I said they’d be the only 2 dedications on any of my album covers & am sticking to my word. This is for her too though, hence the the name ‘Sweeter than Honey’.

COVID has impacted the creative industry in a big way, what kept you motivated?

COVID has been a nightmare to get through. I don’t know how I stayed motivated but I did. Might be because of her.

The last couple of years have been a time to reflect what did you learn about yourself?

It’s taught me that I am extremely resilient. Far more so than I want to be!

What are you listening to at the moment?

Still listening to the same old tunes from way back when the surf was good & the sounds were groovy!

What are you looking forward to next?

I try not to look too far ahead. Just see what happens & more importantly, try to relax.

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