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Adam Hayes

London, United Kingdom

Musician

I am a young but highly experienced London based freelance drummer. I am known for playing hip hop, RnB, neo soul and jazz, but am well versed in all styles. I have worked for artists ranging from Katrina and the Waves to Mercury award nominee Kofi Stacks, as well as rising star Beatie Wolfe (my current gig), Victor and the Rain Dog and The Scheme. I am always on the look out for more work, and I am always looking to expand and draw on my musical experience. I have played at venues all over the country, particularly in London, including Ronnie Scotts and the Jazz Cafe. I am known for for experimenting sonically, with a wide range of vintage, modern and unusual equipment. I have extensive recording and live experience and it is this wealth of musical knowledge that bestows me with the skill, restraint and musicality of an experienced player along with the creativity of a younger player. Check out my videos, tracks and myspace for more information, and contact me at apchayes@aol.com

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Adam Hayes | London, United Kingdom | Musician
 
Adam Hayes | London, United Kingdom | Musician
 
Adam Hayes | London, United Kingdom | Musician

Physical Details

Height:
182 cm / 6ft 0in
Waist:
78 cm / 31in
Weight:
80 kg / 176 lbs
Shoe size:
10.0 UK / 11.0 US / 44.5 Euro
Ethnicity:
White / Caucasian
Hair color:
Brown
Skin color:
White
Hair length:
Short
Eye color:
Blue
Hair type:
Curly
Chest:
101 cm / 40 in

Music

Jammin' (New) - Chris Davis

A short band intro to begin Chris Davis' new EP - I'm laying it down 70's style on the drums

Drumming ability:
  Expert
Favorite genres
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Hip-hop
  • Jazz
Influences: Ray CharlesSly StoneTom WaitsStevie WonderFunkadelicD'angeloRoy AyersDonny HathawayErykah Badu Etc EtcStax/motown

Adam Hayes is a young experienced jazz, soul, pop rock and RnB drummer, schooled in jazz and soul and using this extensive knowledge to play everything from ferocious gospel fuelled beats to delicate jazz. Always playing for the song, Adam is known for doing exactly what is required to take a track to the next level without clogging it up with chops and fills. He has an intensity lacking from most modern players, and brings human feel to digital music.

His first recording was with 80s superstars Katrina and the Waves playing a remake of their hit 'Love Shine A Light'. They were astonished at such mature, sensitive but powerful playing playing from a 15 year old boy and introduced him to producers from studios across the land. Adam has worked solidly since then, honing his skills and creating his own personal stamp to bring to tracks both live and in the studio.

A significant gig was playing a record label showcase with the Ada band project at the age of 16. Adam performed a 4 song set 8 times in the same day to record labels from Sony to Island and everything inbetween. A master of working with a click, or using his own internal metronome, Adam lifts any track to a whole new level.

Adam has played all over the world, from the borders of Mexico to the top of the Italian Alps with artists of all different styles, always keeping it groovy. Acts from Mercury nominated hip hop artists (Kofi Stacks) to boy bands (The Scheme) to French Carnival Jazz (Victor and the Ran Dog) call on Adam to keep things in time and keep things in check!

Currently performing extensively with rising star Beatie Wolfe, Victor and the Rain Dog, Ms. Baby Sol and countless others, European and Worldwide tours are already in the pipeline for next year.

Adam is proud to endorse Supernova custom 100% handmade drums.

Praise for Adam Hayes;

"Like Buddy Rich meets John Bonham meets Questlove" (Jerry Logan)

"I tell everyone I have the best drummer in the world; he's chilled, never late and loves music... And he can pound the shit out of the drums" (Dr. Thompson)

"A funky motherf*ucker" (Garham Silbiger)

"A gift to pop music" (Graham Silbiger)

"I thought I'd tried everyone... but then I tried Adam and everything just worked" (Ashend Dachtler)

"Young Adam does one hell of an impression of a seasoned LA session drummer from the 70's" (Alex Cooper)

Currently using his knowledge of funky cuts from everyone from Funkadelic, to Sly Stone, to the JB's, to the funk brothers, to Fela Kuti, to the Roots and Erykah Badu to build on the reputation as London's premier funk, RnB and soul drummers.

Adam is a member of the Musician's Union. Located in central London. Check out myspace www.myspace.com/adamhayesdrummer for more details and recordings.

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