Q&A Scene: Adam Blacksmith

Photo by Matt Weddis

Tell us about your new single?

I hope I’m wrong!

Just prior to leaving, a friend of mine asked me to help him sell some of his guitars while he was away and gave me a white Fender Jaguar as a show of thanks. I thought this was a little over the top so I accepted and vowed to store them for him for when he returned. I have not heard from him for a few years now and I am extremely worried. (I hope I’m wrong)

This song reflects my emotions oscillating between fear, anger, sorrow and hope in relation my friend Andy Vegas.

The first two verses of this song were re-written and recorded after the song had already been mastered. On reflection, I thought that the song took on a new direction with the inclusion of backing vocals and harmonies and I wanted the first verses to hint at what was to come and mirror the mood and tone of the song as a whole.

The working title of the song was “Walkabout” but was later changed to “I hope I’m wrong” to reflect the gravity of the situation and the ominous but hopeful mood overall.

Production: Jordan Ellery (Sydney), Mixing: Jordan Ellery (Sydney),  Mastering: Don Bartley

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Prior to this album, my favourite song was “Inner Child” (YouTube) but from this album, it would have to be “I hope I’m wrong” (the single) or “Home of Anangu” written about the traditional elders of Uluru.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Watermelon injected with vodka; Heavy and serious on the outside, with a sweet reward for those who cut into it with an added surprise for the adults in need of some reverie.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I supported a former work colleague and fellow prison teacher, Murray Cook travelling to jails in NSW writing songs with inmates resulting in the Songbirds, Ballads Behind Bars CD (Bandcamp). Nothing can compare with the experience of helping inmates express difficult emotions in song form, especially those used to expressing themselves with their fists or not at all.

What, or who, inspires you?

Artistically, I am inspired by the works of The Drones, Augie March and Ben Howard. Personally, I am moved by seeing my students in jail take steps to change difficult and deep seated behaviours, often with limited to no support. It really puts my good fortune into perspective.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Shark Fin Blues (The Drones)

What’s next for you?

I am in the process of filming a music video for I Hope I’m Wrong!

I am also working on arranging my songs for a live performance so that I can play them at my album launch in December and do justice to the work of my producer Jordan Ellery.

What’s your scene?

Living in Maroubra and surfing most days places me in the surf scene, but musically, I am more at home in the indie/folk scene or the Death metal scene paying homage to my “All or nothing” approach to most things.

Grab I Hope I’m Wrong here

Connect with Adam here

A casual loan of a classic Fender Jaguar Guitar inspires this heartfelt new single from Sydney Songman Adam Blacksmith

Adam Blacksmith is a thought provoking songwriter from Sydney, Australia.  He is a talented wordsmith and a storyteller.  He draws his influences from far and wide, from his contemporaries Augie March and the Drones to his workplace, Long Bay Gaol in Sydney where he works as a Special Education teacher.  Blacksmith’s music doesn’t fall neatly into any conventional category although musically, he gives folk and blues an indie make-over resulting in a refreshing and unique sound. 

Photo by Matt Weddis

The story behind ‘I Hope I’m wrong’
“Just prior to leaving, a friend of mine asked me to help him sell some of his guitars while he was away and gave me a white Fender Jaguar as a show of thanks. I thought this was a little over the top so I accepted and vowed to store them for him for when he returned. I have not heard from him for a few years now and I am extremely worried. (I hope I’m wrong)
This song reflects my emotions oscillating between fear, anger, sorrow and hope in relation my friend.”

Grab I Hope I’m Wrong here

Connect with Adam here

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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