Adam French taught himself to play guitar at the age of 10 and was born and raised in Congleton, just outside Manchester where he worked in the local record store and cut his teeth on the northern gig circuit in various guises. Now French has established himself as a solo writer and producer and he’s releasing a new EP in April as well as hitting the road for a supporting tour. Check out his music on his website here.
What is your favourite song of all time?
I think it’d have to be John Lee Hooker’s ‘Boom Boom’ – Its just perfectly simple… Straight to the point and the performance is honest and direct. No frills, just an absolute banger.
Can you remember when you fell in love with it?
I probably first heard it when I was around 12… My early love for music came from my old man’s record collection. Boom boom was among that, along with the likes of Johnny Cash, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, the Clash.. Etc
Has a song or album ever changed your life?
Definitely, I remember first hearing Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and wanting to start a band. I could barely play guitar at that point, in fact I was absolutely terrible, so it made work my fingers to the bone. I’d already picked the guitar up by that point, but I really sunk my teeth into it after I discovered how much noise Nirvana were capable of making. I missed out on seeing them live for obvious reasons… I was probably about 2 years old when they played their last show.
If you could only listen to five albums for the rest of time, what would they be?
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Bombay Bicycle Club – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose
Queens of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
The Strokes – Is This It
Tame Impala – Lonerism
How much of your day do you spend listening to music?
Most of it. If I’m not writing or playing, then I’m listening.
What’s your ideal time and place for listening to music?
I think there is an ideal piece of music for every time and place, it’s just pairing what you’re listening to, to the mood you’re in.
What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?
I think my first visit to Leeds festival as a teenager in 2009. What’s not like about being wrecked in a field listening to music with the dickheads that you rolled up with? Alternatively, I saw Bob Dylan in Spain a few years ago, that was pretty special.
Approximately how big is your music collection? And in what format?
I’ve got a modest vinyl collection. I also have a shit load of CDs I can’t use anymore because I don’t own a CD player, but I just can’t bring myself to throw them out… Oh, and a Spotify account. I came to the conclusion that no matter how hard I tried to snub Spotify, it’s actually pretty good. I do miss physical artwork massively though. It’s lost it’s role a little when it comes to releasing a record and I don’t think that’s right.
What does music mean to you?
It’s an extension of your personality, a representation of your emotional state and a therapy session each time you plug in a pair of headphones.
What song should we all go and listen to right now to make our day better?
King of Spain by The Tallest Man on Earth. You’re welcome.
You can catch Adam French live 27thApril – London, St Stephen’s Church. For more information check www.adamfrench.co.uk