Adam Butler, better known to the musical world as DJ ADA (Ay Dee Ay),
has produced one of the best concept albums of the year. Titled "The Work Album",
it tells the story of a typical day of work - from waking up to falling asleep.
Released February 11th 2010, it is a soundtrack for the current broken Economy.
We caught up with ADA to ask a few questions, so without
interruption we introduce to you DJ ADA.
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- Can you give us a brief Bio.
I was born in1984 and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of DC. After high school I went to college in San Diego from 2002-2006, where I studied English and Spanish. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do after college, but I had a lot of good times and met a lot of interesting people. I left San Diego in 2006 and went back to the East Coast. I lived with my uncle in Atlanta for 4 months, then moved to Tampa to live with my brother. Three years later, I moved to Philadelphia to live with my girlfriend and I’ve been here about 6 months.
- At what point in life did you decide that music is your calling?
I got into music at a young age. I was always interested in music. I used to listen to the radio constantly. By elementary school I knew all the songs on the radio when none of my other classmates seemed to know anything about music. My parents always encouraged music, so I started playing clarinet in the school band when I was 9, which I still mess around on. I’ve always loved the clean sound of the clarinet. In middle school I got into guitar and percussion, but I always wanted to be a DJ, I was fascinated by how they could scratch records and manipulate sound. My parents bought me my first turntables when I was 15, so it was then when I really started to get serious about music. I started practicing and learning all about DJing and haven’t stopped since. I always wanted to be able to scratch and juggle records like the DJs I was seeing in the DMC and ITF videos. I started making beats around 2005 after I got my first sampler. I don’t see music as a calling, but more of a passion driven by the need to express myself.
- What is your take on the current music scene and sound?
I actually don’t listen or pay much attention to what’s current. I’m too busy listening to old records and mixtapes. But from what I do hear, I haven’t been too impressed. I prefer the raw beats of the 90s to the overproduced sounds of today.
- What do you consider your proudest accomplishment thus far in life?
The Work Album, my first full length concept album produced entirely by myself using my own equipment. Also my mixtape Future Breaks, which is a collection of 90s rock breaks compiled from all my old CDs. I put a lot of work into each of those projects and am very proud of the results.
- what’s your take on our current economy ?
It’s not good. In Florida I was working for a small insurance company that couldn’t find enough investors so they had to lay everyone off and close down. Luckily I was planning on leaving anyway, but it’s been much harder than I thought to find another job. There seems to be much more people than jobs, so it’s extremely competitive and tough out there.
- Who inspires you in life ?
DJs, producers, other musicians, my girlfriend, my parents, and good books. I met a lot of people in San Diego who inspired and influenced me. People I look up to and who taught me something.
- If you can work with anyone in the music business right now who would it be and why?
I want to work with skilled emcees and put out concept albums because that’s what I enjoy listening to: dope concept albums. I want to be the guy doing all the beats and cuts while someone else handles the vocals. No name in particular comes to mind, I’ll work with anyone who has the skills, the knowledge, and the passion.
- What is your current project, and where can we find your older projects?
I just finished a new mixtape called Fluid, which I made to showcase what sort of music I want to mix in clubs. All vinyl of course. And I’m still promoting The Work Album because not enough people have heard it. You can find all the links to all my projects on my blog:
- Where do you see yourself or want to see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself being a much better DJ, producer, and better person as a whole.
My skills will be 10 times sharper. I want to find a sustainable career that doesn’t drain the life out of me and allows me the freedom to continue making music. If that sounds vague, it’s because there’s a lot of unknowns out there.
- What is your movement and why should we support you?
My movement is to bring vinyl back into clubs. It's extremely rare to see DJs playing vinyl now and I think it’s a shame. DJs are coming up now not knowing about vinyl, or digging for old records, or even having an appreciation for music on vinyl. I want to keep vinyl a part of the culture and celebrate it for being the true medium of choice.