MPR: We're here today at X Fest with Sick Puppies, Otherwise, and a bunch of other great bands. You've been playing solo shows for at least a year now, but you just recently started doing the full band electric sets. Is this a temporary lineup or do you think this will be your permanent band?
Adam: Yeah I think so. We just started playing a live show so it's still in the beginning of that whole thing, so we'll have to see. But I'm pretty confident in the players that I have. But you never know.
MPR: The two types of shows are totally different from one another, do you prefer either one?
Adam: I like heavy stuff and I like acoustic stuff, my influences are all over the place. So I like them both a lot. The acoustic stuff is fun for sure. Playing with a band that really loves music is fun.
MPR: Right now you just have a few random festival dates lined up, do you have any other touring plans in the works for the rest of the year?
Adam: Yeah there's a few one off festival gigs until the end of August, and then September I'll be in the studio recording my record. So really there's not much of a tour set up for the rest of the year, it's more just in the studio to do some recording.
MPR: Are you gonna continue doing a show every so often just to give fans a little taste of the new stuff?
Adam: Yeah definitely. I mean when I start working on it I'm sure I'll be doing the odd show here and there. It'll be nice to try some new material out.
MPR: Initially your new stuff was really stripped down acoustic, just you and a guitar. You just recently released a heavier track though; what kind of sound can we expect from your new album?
Adam: The new stuff is gonna be a mix of everything. There's heavy, some mid kinda lighter tunes, and then probably just me and the guitar as well.
MPR: I know you wrote the lyrics for that but not the instrumentals on that track, "Beast". Do you usually write everything or just lyrics?
Adam: Yeah I play the guitar and write songs on there. Come up with some chords, melodies, then lyrics. So yeah I'll do everything.
MPR: "Beast" really reminded me of "Animal I Have Become" when I was listening to it. Do you still get your inspiration from the same place when you're writing?
Adam: Really? It's also called "Beast", so yeah that doesn't help. With Three Days Grace it was always a collaborative, quote on quote collaborative, effort. So we all wrote songs together. Everyone threw in their two cents whether it was music or lyrics or whatever.
MPR: So you guys collaborated on all four albums, even Transit of Venus?
Adam: Yeah for sure. At that point it was collaborative to the point where we were writing with outside writers, you know flying to Nashville to write with country artists. So at that point it was a collaborative effort between us and country songwriters and whoever else could write a hit for the radio. That was kind of the last straw.
MPR: Is there anything you miss about Three Days Grace?
Adam: No. Actually no and that's very honest, I think with Three Days Grace we reached a certain point, sort of the peak of where we were gonna go, and that was enough for me. It's not to say that that band didn't enjoy music because obviously they do, it's just musical differences I guess. Which is a pretty typical thing to say, but you know.
MPR: You grew up with those guys and were friends before Three Days Grace even existed, do you miss the friendships you had?
Adam: Yeah definitely. I mean the friendships I miss for sure. But I did what I had to do, and it got portrayed in a very different light than how things actually went down. It got portrayed a little bit different. There's friendships that are I guess, I'm just assuming are gone, but you have to move on and be happy, enjoy life and what you're doing.
MPR: Fans of course want to hear Three Days Grace material at your live shows, but you've also got all the great solo stuff as well. How do you find a balance in your set list?
Adam: It's definitely hard to balance it out right now. There's a few songs of mine that I put online that some people know, but right now it's that transitional period. So yeah you're right there's a lot of people that wanna hear some Three Days Grace stuff. I did write, we all did write, a lot of the Three Days Grace stuff so I play those songs. Once I record my record and have my own songs, that's kinda what I want. I'm in the middle of some of my songs and Three Days Grace.
MPR: Now that I've asked you all the awkward questions I'll give you a break.. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Adam: That's a tough one. Probably i'd like to be invisible at times.
MPR: What would you do?
Adam: I'd be able to kinda be like that fly on the wall in certain situations. You can just head into situations, see what's going on and nobody knows you're there.
MPR: This is probably a really tough one, but I know you're a huge Pearl Jam fan. What's your favorite album of theirs?
Adam: Yield was a great record. "Brain of J," "Wishlist," "Given to Fly," all those songs. The one record that I didn't get into that much was the Avocado record, the one with "World Wide Suicide" on it. I mean I have it but out of all of them yeah. Vs was a really good record too, the second one. It had "Daughter" and "Elderly Woman" and all that stuff, so I dunno it's hard to pick a favourite.