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A Conversation With Adam Rich
Samuel Barker
November 7, 2001

Pressure 4-5

Samuel Barker: To begin, what is your name and what do you do?

Adam Rich: My name is Adam and Iím the singer.

Samuel: I know the album came out on October 9th, how has the response been to it so far? Is it doing well?

Adam: It seems like the response has been very positive so far. Sales are pretty good and the reaction of the fans is that it seems to be pretty good. Weíre really happy with the way everything is going with the album so far.

Samuel: I see youíve been touring a lot in past few years, doing Ozzfest and everything, has that helped refine the bands sound?

Adam: Yeah, anytime youíre out for a long time you get tighter and tighter as a band. You sort of grow further apart or you grow closer, I think weíve definitely grown closer as a band and a lot closer as a friends, just because weíre together so much. Weíre really lucky to get along so well.

Samuel: Are you guys doing a lot of dates with Alien Ant Farm?

Adam: Right now weíre out with them until the end of November and so far those shows have been going great. Those guys are really fun to be touring with, theyíre silly guys. They get a really good response from the crowd, theyíve all be large, so thatís been really good for us.

Samuel: Has the crowd response at shows been good so far?

Adam: Yeah, itís been almost overwhelming. Itís like people are really connecting with the music and responding well to it. Which is great.

Samuel: I was reading in the bio that some of the band membersí defining moments, when they decided to become musicians was when they were interacting as fans with musicians, do you guys spend a lot of time trying to interact with your fans?

Adam: Yeah, thatís one of the most important things for us after we play. We try to go out and meet the fans and make sure we are there to sign everything they want us to. Because itís a reciprocal relationship, they buy the records and come to the shows, so we, as a band, need to be there for them. So thatís really important for us to be there for them all the time, no matter how long we are out there. A lot of bands forget that they are where they are because of the fans, you can never lose sight of that.

Samuel: I know you are playing a radio festival here in Houston, is it ever strange to have radio stations request that you play a show?

Adam: Yeah, itís strange at first to hear your song on the radio and to receive promotions from the radio stations. Itís another medium to get the music out there. We donít really care how itís done, we just want to get our music out to as many people as we can, so theyíll get an opportunity to decide whether they like it or not. Itís been a great opportunity to get to work with the radio stations.

Samuel: I know you guys did Ozzfest, has much did it help to get out and see some of the bigger, veteran acts and to see how they do everything?

Adam: On Ozzfest youíre playing with these huge bands everyday and you learn a lot from them, just by seeing them play everyday and seeing how they did things out on the road.

Samuel: Are you guys still at the point where you enjoy watching the other bands on tour?

Adam: Yeah, we always watch the other bands. Itís really cool because you get a front row seat everyday.

Samuel: Being a singer, who were some vocalists you looked up to that made you want to be a singer?

Adam: The band that made me want to be in rock music was Rage Against The Machine. I think the first record came out when I was in 7th or 8th grade and it changed my perspective on music. It showed me you could have a message in music and not just stick to the meaningless rock ní roll banter. You can have something to say and you can mix that in with hard-hitting rock music. I guess as a musician thatís what inspired me to play guitar and start writing songs. But as a vocalist, my favorite vocalist is probably Brandon from Incubus or Serge from System of a Down. I just like singers who have something meaningful to say rather than just screaming into a microphone.

Samuel: In your lyrics you deal with a lot of personal issues instead of singing about the basic breaking up stories or hyping the band, is that due to your past influences?

Adam: Yeah, like the Ďeverybody rock out and jump up and downí thing? We like to have that as part of our live show, but as for the lyrics, we want people to be able to connect with it and feel something from it.

Samuel: How is the songwriting in the band handled?

Adam: I write all the lyrics and then the band, as far as the music goes, is collective. Everyone has a say in what stays and what goes in the music. You try to write music as a group instead of by oneself, because thatís what a band is supposed to be, a group.

Samuel: I heard you say you play guitar. Do you play when you are trying to get riffs for the songs?

Adam: I donít play the guitar when we play live, but I have in practice. If come up with something Iíll come into practice and show them what it is on the guitar and let them jam with it. Everyone adds their own touch. If I write something or Mark writes something once someone else plays it, the way someone else plays it can change the sound of it.

Samuel: I like the fact you guys have went more of the Ďrealí metal sound as opposed to the Ďnu-metalí sound of the drop-D droning riffs. Is that something that came about due to your influences?

Adam: We just try to get a good melody. We want to make sure weíre not doing the same thing over and over. We want the songs to have a focused melody. Thatís what songwriting is all about for us, having something you can actually sing along with. Itís not something that is just 2 or 3 notes, itís something you can sing along to.

Samuel: Speaking of people singing along, has it been odd having people far from home knowing your songs and singing them?

Adam: Thatís one of the coolest things about being on the road. You go to a town where youíve never been before and people are singing songs off the album. Itís a really cool feeling to know people are connecting with the music like that.

Samuel: What do you feel are some of your biggest accomplishments thus far?

Adam: Making the record was our biggest accomplishment so far. It just takes a lot of teamwork between us and our producer, Jay Baumgardener. It took a lot of understanding between the band members and different people. Itís hard work being locked in a room for 24-hours a day recording an album. So I think that is our greatest accomplishment so far...that and making it through Ozzfest without dying.

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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