Garth Adam’s new 3 track EP “Here We Are” has been just been released as a CD and on digital platforms. This is the ninth solo release since this Australian native’s first album, Great Ocean Road in November 2002.
Garth’s music is a mixture of his influences and life. Born in the UK, he spent his early childhood in Africa and Fiji before his family settled in Australia, where he eventually worked his way as a songwriting bass player through a variety of Australian bands.
The EP begins with “This Time” which has some of that great rhythm feel of an Oasis acoustic track. The second track, “Here We Are,” is similar to British bands such as Coldplay if they used more guitars. The third track, “Wherever You Go,” is a straightforward pop rock suitable for an AM car radio in summer.
The songs were recorded in a studio where 90% of the equipment was made pre 1975. Producer Melvin Tree loves this studio because it can give you the sound of those landmark seventies albums like Born to Run and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It’s all tube amps and overhead mikes in a great sounding room.
Travelling was recorded at Linear Recording in Sydney and produced by Melvin Tree. Mastering was by Kathy Naunton at Db Mastering Camperdown Sydney.
Guitar, bass and vocals by Garth Adam, guitars and vocals by Doug Sandrini, drums by Theo Katsantoni, keyboards and backing vocals by Brendan O’Brien. Additional backing vocals by David Kelly.
Check out the interview and find out the process of making the single “This Time.”
Why did you select this song as your current single?
Has had the best response from listeners, family and friends.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?
It still has the same guitar pop style that all my songs have. It is a little more spare than usual especially at the beginning.
What was the writing process for the song?
Generally a miracle as I don’t know how it really happens. Sometime I get an idea all at once and other times I can’t think of anything and believe don’t have another song in me. The ideas can come at inconvenient times such as on the bus so I just hum the idea into my iPhone and wait till I get home to see if I can make a song out of it.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
It is a mix of experiences that have happened to me and more often to my friends. I try not to be specific but I draw ideas from the lives around me as the feel the most real which I think I got across.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
Hopefully pretty good as I love singing it and would hope I could get a sing along going on the chorus.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
Hard to say, it is keeping with my general style but I also have a lot of rockier songs. This song matches the singer songwriter style of my material.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
I did a good video for my last single called Altitude. I am planning one for this as well with my friends who made the last one. It will feature the Sydney landmarks mentioned in the song.
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
Love writing songs and always have; Happy to write them just for myself even if I didn’t have an audience. To hear an idea be developed and finished in a studio is an amazing and fulfilling experience.