ForgottenBee talks with renowned DJ Adamski about fashion, mixing desks, what makes him laugh, and “Ballroom Dancing” really!? It’s time to FutureWaltz with the man himself …..
FB 1/ You have recently changed your latest musical adventure from Neo-Waltz to Future – Waltz. Why have you done that and what interested you about this particular time signature?
It sounds more to the point and less like a self indulgent joke..a lot of young people don’t know what waltz means anyway so I also call it 3step which speaks for itself …
Killer is like a gift that keeps on giving ….I wrote it 25 years ago in about 15 mins and it always seems to get regurgitated when I’ve got some massive bills, maxed out my credit card or I am moving country…it’s a proper blessing…
FB 3/ The Future-Waltz would be a perfect introduction to a new generation of dance music lover and I imagine would fit perfectly with the explosion of prom nights in this country and others. Where can they learn to do the Future-Waltz?
FB 5/ Do you embrace modern technology with regards to making music, or do you feel it inhibits your artistic skill?
I love technology …..I love making tunes and beats on trains and planes or my kitchen or wherever….plus I find traditional instruments (which I can play) frustratingly limiting …like being a painter with a big top quality canvas and only a felt tip pen or a biro….
FB 6/ Adamski you have a “W” emblem on your forehead. May I inquire into its meaning, and is it permanent?
It’s a white ink tattoo….it is W for waltz obvs…and a symbol of my allegiance to my art..
FB 7/ You were involved with the iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood @FollowWestwood at her couture fashion show in Vienna. What was that like and can you get me any free frocks?
I love doing anything in Austria as I get a great deal of inspiration there obvs as it’s the birthplace of the waltz …..it was exciting bringing the waltz back home and very touching that many Viennese people commended me for it….I got tons of garments including some unique pieces and bags of accessories which I mostly distributed between my daughters…
FB 8/ Who is your most treasured friend and why?
I’ve got loads of friends all over the world….I’m blessed like that…
FB 9/ It is fair to say that your collaboration on “Killer” launched both yours and Seal’s musical careers to a wider audience, do you ever think you will perform on stage together again?
Well we did go in the studio together last year and it was like picking up from where we left off 24 years ago, and felt magical and we were making some powerful fresh music..but then he disappeared inexplicably….maybe cos I refuse to work on anything other than 3/4 time….but then again he loves that too….his biggest ever song is ‘Kiss from a Rose’ …a waltz…which I remixed back in the day and again recently in FutureWaltz style ….it remains exclusive to my DJ sets and is a joy to play….I think it might be on my soundCloud as it goes….
FB 10/ I recently interviewed Jo Burt of Black Sabbath fame, he had some strong views on the music industry, what are your experiences?
Snakes n ladders
FB 11/ Let’s talk turn tables/mixing desks, what are your weapons of choice?
I like using CDs to mix….and have since the mid 90s ….so then I was ahead of my time and now I’m like a luddite ….also now when i spin I’m playing 95% of my own music….or at least extreme personalised re-edits n bootlegs …I think with the technology available now all DJs should be doing this now ….and if not why not ?
FB 12/ If you hadn’t become a musician what occupation do you think you would be doing now?
I was a window cleaner when I left school but I’m scared of heights so probably not that….maybe a postman …or an astronaut but then there’s that heights problem again…
FB 13/ What inspires you to write music and has your inspiration changed with maturity?
FB 14/ You are a man of unique style when it comes to fashion. How important is this to you and what designers do you wear?
FB 15/ You’ve now had a career in the music industry for over 25 years. In that time you will have collaborated with lots of artists, producers, managers etc. Who do you respect most in the music industry?
FB 16/ Are you a religious man?
No I’m a ‘one love’ spirit of the universe kind of man but I deeply respect other people’s beliefs and like a lot of their clothes ,buildings, prayers and rituals…
FB 17/ Where can we purchase your music? Do you tour and if so where could we find out about up and coming dates and venues?
FB 18/ Adamski thank you so much for taking part in this interview. Final thoughts from you in only 3 words please 😉 #FBee X
“Um I dunno”
Cheers x adam
Photographs courtesy of Nigel Askew, Nana Klimek, Screen Shots from YouTube,
Live gig photographs by ForgottenBee
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