October 2016: Adam Christopher
In this series, we are catching up with musicians from all over the world to talk about their passion: music!
Adam Christopher is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer, and pianist from Indiana, United states. His youtube channel consists mostly of acoustic songs of popular pop tunes. But, creative as he is, he also released an album full of original songs. Besides singing on his own channel, Adam sings in his band called Brothers Grimm. And they are about to release an album! We are catching up with him to talk about his music, experiences, and life as a musician.
Give me a little insight of what a typical day in your life looks like.
I like to stay pretty lenient as far as scheduling. I hate monotonous work schedules, so I kind of surprise myself every day. I have every task I need to get done for the week written down on a markerboard next to my bed. When I wake up, I try to pick 2-3 things to complete that day.
Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day?
All the time. Usually, it’s on days when I’m recording or filming. There are always unexpected obstacles, and I have found myself recording videos until well past 4am because of it.
How do you find time for your friends and family?
I’ve learned to make time for them. It’s pretty easy for me now, though certain weeks can be more challenging than others. Time goes by very quickly, and you never know how long you have left to spend with the most important people in your life, whoever they may be.
What music did you listen to growing up?
Alternative pop/ hardcore. My favorite bands were All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Nevershoutnever, Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, The Maine, and tons more like that.
Did you always plan on being a musician?
No, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be until my freshman year of college. Halfway through the year I just realized that I was wasting all of my time and my hard earned money on a career that I was dreading. I realized that I would rather die poor, young, and happy than old, rich, and miserable. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that, but I’m prepared for it if it does.
When and how exactly did you decide to make a YouTube channel?
I initially made it in high school. I had a lot of fun learning how to use Garageband and it was just a hobby back then. I did a lot of collaborations with my friends because I was just learning how to sing as well.
Do you have some tips for musicians reading this who want to create their own YouTube channel?
Set goals for yourself. If your goal is to have fun, then just have fun with your channel. If your goal is a career in music, then take it seriously. Post consistent, high-quality content week after week. Collaborate with people who can make you better and learn from them.
How would you describe the music that you make?
My original music is my emotional outlet. Whatever stresses I’m experiencing in my life are made better through my music. I try to steer these emotional feelings through an intellectual outlet, to help my listeners think about their surroundings rather than just absorb them.
The song is called Home Of The Vain by my band Brothers Grimm. The song is about a realization I had concerning those in authoritative positions, particularly in government. I wrote it during my freshman year of college in about 30 minutes, which is the fastest I have ever written a song.
Are you working on new material for your next album? How far along is it?
It is completely finished actually, I am just waiting on the final mixes to arrive from our producers.
Are there themes or topics where you want to write about on your next album?
Anything and everything that is controversial. I grew tired of things being “off limits”. It causes kids who are developing to shut off their brains and steal the opinions of the people who are restricting them.
Take me through your songwriting process
It’s different every time really. I like to sit down with one or two other people (usually my band mates), and just start writing whatever comes to our minds. Sometimes we will write on our couch, other times we will go to a park or scenic place. Often it will develop into something beautiful and amazing. Sometimes it will take an hour, sometimes a day, sometimes months, sometimes years.
When do you know when a song is ready?
Sometimes I just know. Other times, I have to force myself to stop critiquing or I will drive myself mad. I’m a perfectionist and If I didn’t force myself to be done, I would keep changing the song for years and never release it.
Being a musician isn’t always easy, which problems do you face on a daily basis?
We live in a world where most people (for good reason) value education and job security. Being surrounded by these people can be very emotionally taxing, especially when they are my family and closest friends. It is difficult, but I have to force myself to constantly relocate common ground between me and them.
What is your favorite artist/band and why?
Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens. I absolutely love the look in his eyes when he performs. He loves what he does and has worked so hard to be where he is. He is one of my biggest role models along with Matty Mullins from Memphis May Fire.
What’s the best concert you have ever seen?
Mayday Parade / Sleeping With Sirens at warped tour. I can’t remember what year it was, but it must have been around 5-6 years ago. You could really feel the love for the music.
What’s the most special experience you ever had with a fan?
I had some fans travel from Michigan to Indianapolis to see my band play at a small venue. They knew all the lyrics to our songs, which gave me the biggest smile when I was performing on stage. It’s great to see people that are willing to support their favorite bands like that, even when we are small and pretty unsuccessful.
What is your biggest achievement in life musically?
Opening a concert for The Word Alive. It was an amazing experience with such a great crowd. We also received amazing support from the band, who let us know that they loved our performance specifically and gave us encouragement. Great group of guys.
What is something you still want to do musically?
A hundred things. The next thing on my horizon specifically is incorporating rap music into my band’s EDM / hardcore / acoustic genre.
Is there a venue where you still want to perform?
Everyone in the world. Mainly, I want to tour overseas. I didn’t get to travel much when I was growing up and haven’t been out of the country. I would love to absorb different cultures of the world while meeting people who have been affected by my music.
I try not to think too far ahead. Right now, I’m just thinking toward my next subscriber goal: 50k.
Where do you want to be in five years?
Touring, living in a bus. I want it to be my life.
If you had the choice to do a collaboration with any musician, who would it be and why?
Devin from I See Stars. I love the tone of his voice and the writing style for all of their clean vocals. He also has a pretty similar singing style to mine, but his voice is a little higher.
Do you have tips for musicians that they can use when practicing their instrument/vocals?
Utilize your passion to help you practice. I was never able to just sit down and practice a scale or a series of notes. Figure out what songs inspire you as a person and an artist and learn those to perfection. Practice is boring. Passion is energizing.
How do you prepare yourself for a performance (what’s your routine when you are just about to hit the stage)?
I like to have a little whiskey and jump around a lot. I have to get hyped for a Brothers Grimm show.
Are you going on tour? Where can people see you playing live?
Hopefully, we will be touring soon enough, but for right now we play at the Emerson and the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
Get in contact with Adam!
Links to Brothers Grimm