While most of us right now may be veering regularly between doom and existential dread, one artist has dropped some positivity in the form of his brand new track “Dream”.
Masterminded by Doncaster native ADMT (aka Adam Taylor) the lo-fi single reassures us that things will get better, with a mish-mash of positive lyricism, the artist’s spoken-word lyricism, and genre-merging production. Think irresistible R&B beats imbued with epic pop hooks.
Love, life experiences, and tragedy are all inspirations for the artist, who has an unusual portfolio detailing work from a fish market to a glass manufacturer.
We caught up with the artist below…
When did you realise you wanted to make music?
Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to create I think, whether it be music, art or even lego haha. But I guess I really knew around nine or ten that’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life.
Who did you grow up listening to?
Honestly I have a vague memory of my dad listening to James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Motown, that sort of stuff mainly, but I’ve definitely hit different stages of styles throughout growing up, some more embarrassing than others.
How would you describe your genre?
“Donny Swag”. No honestly I think music is in the ear of the beholder, but more than anything I’d probs say pop or soul. But I like to get involved with a few different genres so I wouldn’t really like to put a label on it.
From fish markets to glass manufacturing, you’ve worked in many different jobs – how has this informed how you see the world and your music?
I’ve grafted from being sort of 12 years old and I think overall doing these different things firstly made me understand how badly I just wanted to do something I love for a living, but also it’s just given me the opportunity to see into other people’s lives and experiences. How working people live, you know? It’s real and hopefully will help me communicate that through what I do now.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
Everything really; real life, real people, my own personal experiences, other people’s. I think living and experiencing life just gives you almost like a book of influence that hopefully I can put into music and tell stories and stuff that way.
How is it putting out music so personal to you?
I think any artist that is honest in their creativity will feel some sort of nervousness or feeling of being slightly exposed when putting out something they’ve created, it’s a part of you whether in the story, the lyrics, or the way you’ve stitched it together… it’s like you’re giving away a little part of yourself, and sometimes that’s a more vulnerable part. But I guess once it’s out there its not yours anymore.
What’s the best feedback you’ve ever received on your music?
Honestly any positive feedback for me is a blessing, I think because I shit myself so much putting stuff out there when people like it and show love for that i’m just mad grateful. Obviously being compared to your favourite artists and referenced in that way is a huge compliment. but yeah just positivity and love from people in general is what I’m grateful for.
What’s next for you/what are you excited by?
Creating, live shows, touring are the things I want for myself I guess, just experiencing as much as I can before I can no longer, but equally getting to a place where I’m in a position to be able to help other people would be amazing, as people are and have helped me so much I think that should always be played forward.