Fashion Weekly Talks | Dane Adamo

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How would you describe your music?
It's soulful and straight to the point.

Where do you gather your songwriting inspiration?
I'm inspired by all moments in life whether it's the present or the past. A lot of great singers like Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker, they were real to me, they told it how it was and felt every note they were singing. It's something that I find missing in this generation. Not that there is anything wrong with what people like - each to their own.

If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?

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Ask me that question in 20 years time.

Have people taken you seriously as a musician?
I do and that's the main thing. It's what the band and I feel, that's all that matters.

Tell us more about your international tour?
Singapore and Malaysia in 2013 was an interesting realisation on how hard the music business is out there for unsigned artists. Singapore was a great city but the gig was terrible. It was a typical down and out rock 'n' roll journey to an unknown territory. I was promised a lot and well, let's say it didn't go too well. Malaysia on the other hand was amazing. There were great crowds and the people I stayed with, and who organised all my gigs, were just awesome.

Which famous musicians do you admire?
Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Elvis. There are too many to name.

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you control your nerves?
I don't get nervous very often. I've been doing this for a very long time and you start getting used to different situations and environments, but I'm not going to lie - I still get butterflies before big shows.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
I keep going and make up for it during the concert. Things happen we can't control but you have to hold your head up high and give the crowd what they want.

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How has your new EP been received?
Feedback has been really good. It's only just been released so hopefully in the next few months more people will hear it and like it as much as I do.

What is your favourite thing about performing?
I love the connection with the crowd and playing with amazing musicians. I'm very lucky to be doing what I'm doing. There are not many people that have this opportunity so I'm going to make the most of it.

What is one thing the music industry has taught you?
You have to put in a lot of hard work and be prepared to make sacrifices to make it in the business. If you think about giving up, then do it. Don't waste your time because no one's going to help you, you have to earn it, that's the way it is.

What advice do you have for people wanting to break into the industry?
Be different, stay away from scenes, be yourself, don't worry about what other people think about you, and give it 100%. Otherwise don't bother.

What's next for you?
Plenty of gigs and good times, I'm sure. I have some great people behind me at the moment, I feel very blessed. The sky's the limit.

For more information on Dane Adamo please visit www.daneadamo.bandcamp.com
And www.facebook.com/daneadamomusic

His next gig dates are listed below.

The Zoo
Indie Rock Party
Saturday March 22
Start time TBC
$15 pre sale, or $20 at the door
18+
Full band

Beetle Bar
Friday April 4
8.15pm start
$8 pre sale or $10 at the door
18+
Full band