Caronport's Adam sets sights high

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Move to Toronto, cross-province tour on the horizon

Caronport's Robert Adam doesn't hesitate to dream big.

Caronport's Robert Adam has lofty aspirations with the elease of his EP Honestly and a cross-province tour on the horizon.

He's saving up to make a move to Toronto to advance his musical career, and if he could pick one venue to play a show, he sets his sights about as high as he can.

“The Royal Albert Hall in London would be so cool,” Adam said. “All of the greats have played there: Amy Winehouse, Adele, of course the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Carole King. It would just be so sick.”

Toronto will be a suitable location in the short term, however.

“Toronto has so much opportunity and there are so many venues and places to play,” he said.

“There’s a real openness to a lot of different ideas and thinking. It’s an urban place, and I’ve lived in the prairies my whole life.

“I just want to experience a big city, pursue my music on a higher level, and I feel that to do that I need to go to Toronto and take a risk, do as many gigs as I can, and connect with as many people as I can,” added Adam. “I need to do what I can to take this to the next level.”

Adam struggles to define his music with a single label, and so he uses several.

He aims for what he calls an “edgy soul vibe” that incorporates a lot of genre influences, from hip-hop to R&B to jazz.

“Let’s just say groove,” Adam concludes. “I just want people to listen who are looking for music that is honest, but at the same time that’s groovy and they can just feel it. When you put a message behind a groove beat, I feel it’s irresistible. And that’s what I like to write.”

Adam is preparing for a cross-province tour to promote an EP, titled Honestly, that he will be releasing on Aug. 13.

He’ll hit the road in November and December, he said.

Reception to his music has already been positive, but “that’s mostly because I’ve been playing for friends,” said Adam, who has performed primarily in coffee shops and at open mic events.

“I feel like I’m coming into the leg of my career when I’m going to be playing songs for people who don’t really know me,” he added.

“And I’ve never had anyone tell me I’m awful, so I guess that’s a good sign.”

Adam next appears at the Lyle Victor Albert Centre in Bonnyville, Alta. on Aug. 20. For an advance review of his EP, read Wednesday’s edition of FYi.

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Organizations: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lyle Victor Albert Centre

Geographic location: Toronto, London, Bonnyville

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