Adam Brand is one of the stars of the Australian Country Music scene. Since 1997, he has released 7 studio albums and 13 singles; his first 3 albums are all certified platinum in Australia. Brand has made two chart entries, including his first American release, ‘Ready for Love’.
Adam, you have led a very successful career in the Country Music scene in Australia. Tell us how it all started?
I became interested in Country Music after listening to the likes of Chisel, Springsteen, ACDC, Mellencamp and Fleetwood Mac; I decided I wanted a piece, and I wanted to do what they were doing.
Originally I was a weekend warrior playing at pubs, and then it all started in 1997 on Peel Street, Tamworth, when I decided to have a garage sale and sell everything I owned to busk outside of what was then Grace Brothers. In one hand I had my guitar, in the other I had a case with about 40 demo CDs; I had my white hat on, the chook man on one side, the one man band on the other!
Families and friends can be a large driving force in us believing anything is possible. Did your family encourage you?
Actually, my family thought I was nuts to start with. They assumed I would come back home with my guitar between my legs but when they realised how serious I was, they became more supportive.
The same thing kind of thing goes for the industry; there are a lot of people who want to have a career in music but when you sell up and move to the other side of the country, I guess you are showing a sign of commitment. It just shows if you want to do something, you can – if you throw yourself into it 100%.
What inspires you about the music industry, and do you have any musicians who inspire you?
Music itself is what inspires me, and it’s the getting up on stage for a couple of hours and performing for people that is my drug. When a 5 year old boy runs up to me and throws his arm around me and says, “I love you, Adam Brand”, that is what it’s about.
Tell us what drives your passion for your music?
I get inspired listening to lyrics that really cut through to your core. Finding new ways to say things to inspire myself and others.
For instance, my last album is called There Will Be Love, and I had this idea of a competition for 4 weeks based around ‘sharing the love’ on my Facebook page, where people submitted images of love to go in the draw to win a signed ukulele.
I ended up with over 500 photos, such as a pregnant lady who drew a love heart on her belly, or a husband and wife writing their names in the sand. It was a positive experience, and everyone really enjoyed it.
What kind of music do you listen to today, and have your interests in music changed over the years?
My music tastes in some ways have stayed the same, but also evolved. I still love the classic stuff I grew up with but at the same time, I’m always looking for something fresh … something that gives me goosebumps or makes me want to put my hand on my heart. I’m always looking to be fresh myself as well and not get stale. There is no finish line with this job.
If you weren’t singing, Adam, what do you think you would be doing?
I think I’d be a chef, or something in the food industry. I love cooking for a group of people and creating meals for friends to enjoy – especially pastas, fresh fish, and I love a fresh garden, such as my own herbs and vegetables.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
I downloaded I’m a Barbie Girl for my niece; that would qualify as embarrassing, I’d say, and I don’t think I could give you a better answer than that.
You have performed all over the countryside and internationally. What’s next for Adam Brand?
What’s next is Armidale! What’s next for me is the next time I get on stage and the time after that and so on. I can’t wait for the next time I’m in front of people who want to hear what I have to say. Since I love what I do, there’s never really a finish line … it’s not like: OK, after I do this many albums or when I perform in this particular country, I just don’t see an end.
I just keep looking forward to singing for people … writing more songs. I feel very lucky to be able to do this. It is the journey that really inspires me and keeps me going. I’m also renovating/building my little shack into a house in Southern Queensland.