A writer of alternative folk, songwriter Adam Cleaver’s new EP is out now, capturing his own personal journey through his twenties with a wistful and sometimes tongue-in-cheek glance into his world. Filled with rumbling drum beats, anthemic riffs and Adam’s entrancing vocals, ‘Man or Beast’ is a captivating listen, typified by track ‘The Salt Mine’ which can be heard below, alongside our interview with the man himself.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
I started playing a good while ago, but didn’t really write to show anyone. It was a sort of poetic medication. I was studying about 3 years ago and it wasn’t working out. Around that time I started writing and playing songs in London and everything just kind of snowballed.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I find new goals all the time. I suppose when I look at it, the biggest hope is that the goals keep getting bigger.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I taught myself to play guitar pretty much exclusively so that I could write my own songs. I was fifteen and my parents had bought me a really crappy classical guitar. As soon as I was able to string chords together I started writing.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
There’s a couple of things that stand out. Being Lauren Laverne’s headphones moment was a bit of a trip.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Influence comes from all sorts of places. I mean listening to music is key but I haven’t found the ceiling yet on what can spark an idea. People have likened me to Fleet Foxes, Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard and a couple of others.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Listen to it loud.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
There is so much great new music in London! I could talk forever, but for some essential listening: HAWK, Benjamin Yellowitz and Nick Edward Harris to name just a few.
- Any gigs coming up?
I’ve got a big show coming up on September 3rd at The Old Queens Head in London to launch ‘Man or Beast’. I’m going a little crazy for that. It will be awesome, everyone is invited.
- Where can we find/follow you online?
If you head to Adamcleaver.com you can find me on all of the usual sites. Drop me a line, I like to chat!