Getting To Know... Garth Adam

Having already cemented himself as one of the more heartfelt names on the scene right now, renowned singer-songwriter Garth Adam makes his eagerly-awaited return with the dazzling new EP 'Say You'll Come With Me'.

Bringing back more of that sweet and tender emotion he is known for, this new three-track collection makes for a beautifully warm and alluring listen. Filled with rich and shimmering textures, a sweeping atmosphere, and his own compelling vocals at the helm, 'Say You'll Come With Me' marks one of his more enchanting releases to date.

So with the new EP available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I was going to say the recorder but that is the instrument of the devil, so it was the drums.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

All kinds of guitar music. Started on classical guitar then moved to more rock then more folk and then more indie. Music is a great outlet if you are a shy kid.

What was the first album you remember owning?

One of the last Bowie albums then went backwards to hear all the early stuff.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

This is an old one that has been covered by many people but it's called the “First Cut is the Deepest “as I love the line and how it captures what happens to most of us at some point in our lives.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

I wish, mostly pray I have one more song in me. Sometimes I get an idea at the most inconvenient time, so I just hum it into my phone. It is hard just to sit down and write a song deliberately. The song “Tell Me One Thing” on the new EP I wrote at the end of the bed on a Sunday morning. It just all came at once unexpectedly.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

The National are my favourite at the moment. I love the melancholy of the sound. I like listening to pretty much anything. I really like Jason Isbell’s lyrics at the moment as well. He has some good insights into the inequality in US society.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Really hard one. Ideally, I would like to be on a bill with all my friends who are musicians who haven’t had much success but are really talented.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Definitely the creation of a new song seeing it go from a demo to a finished song. Very hard feeling to beat.

And what is the most frustrating part?

Writing more than ten ordinary songs to get one good one.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Not original but if you love it just stick at it. It's great to have an audience but music is amazingly rewarding in itself and doesn’t necessarily always need the validation of the world outside but it is nice if you can get it.


Garth Adam's new EP 'Say You'll Come With Me' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.