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Adam Joseph Returns To His Roots

Adam Joseph Returns To His Roots

Adam Joseph Returns To His Roots
March 16
11:35 2014

By Keith Fetton

Adam Joseph PR 2It’s been a decade since the release of How I Seem to Be made Adam Joseph one of R&B’s first out artists.  The album caused waves in the R&B world, not only for Joseph’s brave proclamation of his sexuality, but because the album was actually good. It spawned two hit singles, “You’re Mine” and “Flow With My Soul”, and landed the independent artist a record deal with Sony Music.

Adam Joseph was among the first artists signed to Sony’s all-gay music label, Music with A Twist.  Unfortunately, it wouldn’t last.  Joseph was only able to release two singles before Sony pulled the plug on the ill-fated label.

After his shot with the majors fizzed, Joseph drastically shifted his musical focus. His next single, “Faggoty Attention”, featured in the film A Four Letter Word, introduced listeners to a wilder, brattier, club-going Joseph. It was followed with additional chart-topping dance music tracks, some featuring favorite gay artists like Jonny McGovern, Ari Gold, and Jason Walker.

Then last year, Adam Joseph signed with Gomination Records with plans to release the full-length album fans had been waiting for.  Midway through recording, though, Joseph decided to shift his musical course yet again. Realizing he was ready to return to his signature R&B sound, he scrapped all of the recordings he had done and began work on the album that would come to be Love Philosophy, out now.

You had incredible success with your first R&B album.  Why did you leave R&B for dance music?

I never consciously left R&B. I fell into several projects, one after the other, starting with “Faggoty Attention” which I recorded for the movie “A Four Letter Word”. Then I was asked to record with Bob Sinclar on his album “Born in ’69” and after that I started to get requests from DJs to record songs with them.  I was exploring different styles of music and having a lot of fun doing it.

Did it have anything to do with hanging out with Jonny McGovern and being part of his Gay Pimp Posse?

Jonny McGovern and his crew taught me to be unapologetic about who I am in my music and my image. Without Jonny there would surely have been no “Faggoty Attention”. He came up with the title and encouraged me to write the song.

Is Love Philosophy your all-grown-up album?

I don’t know how grown up it is. It is definitely influenced by the experiences I have had in the last few years. I tend to take a more mature approach to song writing when I’m writing soul and R&B.

Why did you choose to return to R&B?

I was originally writing material for a pop EP but R&B is my favorite music to sing. When singing on pop and dance records I often have to edit and simplify my vocals and writing. R&B lets me add all the harmonies and ad-libs that I want and challenges me to try new things.

How would you compare Love Philosophy with your first album?

The two albums are similar in style, which I like, but the production and songwriting on Love Philosophy shows my growth as an artist.

How would you describe the overall sound of the album?

Smooth, sexy and luxurious.

Are you happy with the end result?

Honestly, I was having doubts with some of the songs while I was recording.  I ended up re-writing many of them and re-recording a second time. I found new melodies and lyrics that I felt more confident in.

How did you decide on the name?AJ-LOVE-PHILOSOPHY-changedpattern22 1440

The song “Love Philosophy” was actually the last song I wrote for the album. I didn’t know what I was going to call it until Love Philosophy came to me.  I instantly knew it was a great title for the album.

What is your philosophy on love?

I’m still trying to figure it out. I do believe you have to give to receive. Love and relationships are something you must fight for. They don’t just happen perfectly and work out happily ever after. It’s like happiness, you have to chase after and appreciate it each moment you are lucky enough to have it.

Is “What’s A Lover To Do?” a personal story?

I wrote the song in 2008 with Dina Richardson while I was in a publishing deal, constantly writing songs to submit to other artists. I ended up liking the song so much that I took it for myself. Last year, I re-wrote the verses to capture the emotions of lost love and longing: feelings I had been experiencing after several failed relationships.  So, in a way, it’s very personal.

Will you ever return to recording songs like “Faggoty Attention?”

“Faggoty Attention” was my version of Justin Timberlake’s “Dick in a Box” or Miley Cyrus’ “Channing All Over Your Tatum”. It started as a total joke and was never meant to be seen as anything but that. I still write and produce comedic music with other artists. I really enjoy it!  As an artist, it’s important that I don’t take my image too seriously.  I also think it’s good to step outside of my comfort zone and show different sides of my personality every once in a while.  Everyone should do that.



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