When Adam David is asked what he does creatively, he can respond with three possible answers depending on who is asking. The twenty-something South Florida native is a multitalented musician, who picked up the music bug early on.
“I identify as a guitarist, and a singer/songwriter separately,” says the Miami-born, Broward-raised performer.
At age 8, he began strumming away on an acoustic guitar, learning chords and riffs so well that he soon found himself creating his own renditions. “I was always writing little melodies since I started playing guitar, before knowing chords,” he says.
In middle school, he attended a summer music camp where he and his pals were placed into a group and asked to learn and perform a song. That’s when he first had the opportunity to test out his vocals in front of an audience.
“I was in a group and we were playing a Van Halen tune, and no one wanted to sing, so I stepped up and sang,” he recalls. “It was such a good experience that as soon I started singing that day, I never stopped.”
He continued to experiment with music and was encouraged by his family to pursue his passion. “My mom went to Woodstock, and I remember being little and driving around with her listening to the Eagles,” he recalls. “And she would quiz me asking, ‘Do you know who this band is?’ And I would learn the lyrics and hum them with her.”
He later went on to study guitar at Miami-Dade College and took courses in vocal performance at Broward College. “I’m heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, John Scofield, and a lot of blues and soul artists,” he says, listing them off one by one. “Oh, and Ray Charles was a very big influence on me as well.”
As many aspiring music professionals would do, he turned to the greats, studied what they did and then looked at who were their muses of inspiration. All these sounds of classic rock, fusion guitar, jazz, Motown, and blues have carried over into his original music.
In March 2014, he debuted his EP comprised of four original tracks of acoustic guitar delicately fused with blues rock and soul. Fans can take a listen over at his page: https://adamdavidmusic.bandcamp.com/.
“You can hear a lot of variety on my first EP; a couple songs that were older that I had wrote years earlier that had been evolving and a couple brand new ones that were of a snapshot of where I was at the time. I was getting over a breakup and it spawned a couple songs,” he says.
Historically, love and breakups have often appeared in artistic forms, perhaps, because the sentiment is universal and inspiring for creation.
“I think emotions spawn creativity and when people have the ability to communicate it out — whether it’s music, in photos, in paintings — if you’re happy, you express it, if you’re sad you express it,” he says.
Today the performer enjoys an emerging musical career as a guitarist and a singer/songwriter, playing solo gigs at hotspots such as the Poorhouse and Fat Cats. Broward 100 fans might have caught him in action at Duende, the County’s annual signature event and party of the century last October, in which he played soulful sounds with bandmates, drummer Julius Pastorius and bassist Jason Rosner.
Currently, the threesome is working on a studio album, which is anticipated with a 2016 release.
Pastorius is the son of the infamous and late Jaco Pastorius, whose musical brilliance and alleged struggle with mental illness led him to live a tumultuous life. His legendary story was captured in the 2015 documentary JACO.
Stay in touch with Adam David by visiting his music page by clicking here.