Influences: Stax/motown, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Sly Stone, Roy Ayers, D'angelo, Tom Waits, Donny Hathaway, Funkadelic, Erykah Badu Etc Etc
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.