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, his very own. The emotion and passion he brings into his voice is something very authentic and palpable.
Adam was born on 30 June 1970 into a middle-class family in Mumbai, India. He grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Doors, Guns & Roses, 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 came up with the band "Pralay", the 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 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 are dominated by EDM-based music.
Influenced by Led Zeppelin’s music, and mostly its lead guitarist Jimmy Page, Adam grew up listening to Guns & Roses, Def Leppard, Motley Crue along with other rock and pop acts from the 1980s.
As a guitarist, he has been heavily influenced by Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ritchie Kotzen, Zakk Wylde & Joe Bonamassa..
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