Interview: Adam Ficek

By on Monday, 24th November 2008 at 3:50 pm

Last week we mentioned a bit about Adam Ficek, the glue of Babyshambles on drums and his new solo project.

Over the weekend we had a quick chat with the singer songwriter behind some amazing tunes, including “Horses”, who bought us up to speed on things like his new blog, thoughts on the future of music online and his tips for the top in 2009.

For those not familiar with your music, how would you describe your sound?


Why should we listen to you rather than every other new band out there?

Nobodies forcing you, if you’re a music fan and you enjoy listening to new music check it out.

Your blog is amazingly honest and gives a great viewpoint on the current state of the music biz at the moment. Did you start it as a personal endeavor first, or as a marketing one? Do you think music blogs play a more important role in the marketing of smaller bands than the majors?

The blog is a good way to let off a little steam and to keep people informed, not sure if a blog does actually help at all in the marketing of bands in general! So probably not.

How do you see the future of music online?

The same as now, lots of sharing and good exposure, I think the authorites will get more of a grip on the download thing though, also I think the future will see sites like myspace and facebook charging subscription fees.

On songwriting – how does it start for you? Lyrical concept? A riff? Turn of phrase? Or a drug fueled orgy that gives you a hazy idea for a great song?

Normally a harmonic concept, on the rare occasion it’s a series of words and phrases I want to get out.

What’s your favourite song (by an artist that’s not you…) so far this year?

Rod Thomas – Same old lines

Who do you tip for great things in 2009?

Tom Williams and the boat.

What’s one thing everyone should bring with them to one of your gigs?

Money to buy my album, to stop me having to buy back unsold stock from my distribution company. I have until late Jan to sell 1500 or I start buying back stock.

Finally, one thing most people won’t know about you?

I have 6 toes.

Adam Ficek’s new album Roses Kings Castles, is out now. Top photo is taken from aurélien’s flickr stream under the creative commons license.

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