When Adam Avil plays, you know it’s him. The guitarist, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that is both instantly recognizable and immediately striking. He plays with feel and being entirely self-taught his technique is, simply put, his very own.
Adam Avil took a long hiatus, but is now working on a blues-rock solo album. He is hungry to express himself and showcase the new material, which is also a personal shift from his earlier material. He has already completed four songs, namely: Relentless, Cyanide, Too Late, and Show Me A Sign, which are to feature on the new release.
"Relentless" is a song that is based on personal goals with the attitude of never give up despite the hard conditions. "Cyanide" is a funky song that talks about love being a poison. While "Too Late" is a blues rock that talks about moving on and heartbreaks, "Show Me A Sign" speaks on the game of love, attraction and lust.
Citing his reasons for a comeback with a change of genre, to quote Adam’s in his own words, "The blues rock album was hanging for a couple of years. It was growing on me slowly with real life taking over, in terms of day job and getting sucked into it, so it takes a while for it to shape up. Nevertheless, I’m happy that it’s got rolling and above all, getting in like-minded musicians to support and go out as a band is not easy."
Adam Avil will also be seen in the film Jango which is based on sexual crimes against women and child trafficking. The film is entirely funded, produced and directed by Adam because of his belief in the moral that the film propagates, which, incidentally is an outcome of Adam being disturbed by the shocking and awful Delhi rape case that inspired Adam to start writing and developing the draft for the film.
Adam was born on 30 June 1970 into a middle-class family in Mumbai, India. He grew up listening to Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crue and many other rock bands and pop acts from the 1980s, he picked up the guitar not only just to play it but to also make an impression on the Indian rock scene which in the 1990s was dominated by bands who would only cover American and British bands.
His parents supported his effort to make mainstream original rock music; and, he has, since the 1990s, a small but devoted fan base which is spread throughout the country.
After constant gigs at a local Mumbai pub, interspersed with concerts and making demo tapes, Avil got his band Pralay their very first record deal with Sonic Wave International, Chicago in 2003. The album featured ten songs and contained seminal original work. Moreover, it is the first album to have been released by an Indian rock band through an American record company, which in itself is an unparalleled achievement.
His sound has evolved over the years, much like the person himself; from being glam and reverb/distortion intensive, his sound has moved into new territory with his dabbling into the blues and its unique rhythm. His equipment now consists of a black ESP EC 1000 limited deluxe edition guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, and a Gibson Les Paul, and he prefers the tone of the Marshall JCM 900 for his rig.
Adam has established himself in the fraternity of guitarists in Mumbai, and is planning a slew of blues-rock releases. With the worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues, he intends to perform live and record as much blues-oriented material as he can.
Adam though is not shy to admit that his musical career has been “patchy”, but the energy that he exudes on the stage is nothing short of phenomenal, and, at his age, he is an inspiration to younger musicians, especially guitarists in a post-guitar musical world which is dominated by EDM-based music.
Influenced by Led Zeppelin’s music, and mostly its lead guitarist Jimmy Page, Adam grew up listening to Def Leppard, Poison and Motley Crue along with other rock bands and pop acts from the 1980s. Besides music he is an avid Hollywood film buff with films like Back to the Future, Die Hard and the Rocky series having had a major impact on him.
As a guitarist he has been heavily influenced by Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ritchie Kotzen, Joe Bonamassa and more recently matt schofield, Josh Smith and kirk Fletcher.
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