Lord Of The Dance
Currently he is concentrating on film work, visiting Los Angeles frequently. His songs have appeared in the 2009 film ‘Fire’ starring Gary Dourdan, ‘South Park’, ‘How To Look Good Naked’ 2010 movie ‘Burning Palms’ starring Rosamunde Pike. The song 'Sleepwalking' appears in the 2014 US-released movie 'The Right Kind of Wrong’, and ‘Unbreakable’ will appear in the 2016 movie ‘Showing Roots’, starring Elizabeth McGovern of Downton Abbey.
In 2015 'Million Miles' co-written by Adrian and Funkstar De Luxe was released in January by Lifted House reached No. 8 in the British Dance Chart in April, spending 13 consecutive weeks in the Top 20. The song features vocals by Geoffrey Williams who wrote Michael Jackson’s 'Whatever Happens'. Funkstar De Luxe is renowned for his hit single’ Sun Is Shining’ (Bob Marley vs Funkstar De Luxe) which reached No. 3 in the UK and No.1 in the U.S Billboard chart. An album is scheduled for release in 2016 featuring other songs from Funkstar and Adrian. Having lived in the Cotswolds since 2011 being a keen nature-lover and walker, some of the music mentioned above was composed whilst walking between Stanton and Stanway! ‘Million Miles’, for example, was written exactly like this.
A Day In The Life
"When music needs creating, a typical day involves waking at 8am, breakfasting and sorting through mail until 10am. Then, depending on what kind of music needs composing, I’ll spend 10am until lunchtime composing on the piano - and if the song has taken shape, with the chords and melody finished, using Logic Pro X programming and sequencing the track begins.
Hopefully by 3pm the skeleton and a bit more of the song will be up on screen, and I’ll start writing the lyrics to the melodies I have. Often the chorus melody has a phonetic sound that means the title comes first. Then I work backwards from the title. For example, with ‘Million Miles’, it was the first lyric that formed for the chorus melody. So I had to come up with a story that fitted with the title.
Walking on the Cotswold Way in the afternoon I thought it would be good if the song was about mankind and how we’re a long way from where we ought to be - or are we? So, the first line ‘Feels like a million miles…but it’s only through the eyes of a child…” - therefore leaving the possibility of something positive. You’ll have to listen to the song to decide whether it’s positive or not!
Anyhow because I wanted Geoffrey Williams (who lives in Melbourne) to sing it, and Funkstar De Luxe (who lives in Brussels) to produce it, Skype now comes into the equation. So I call Funkstar and play him what I’ve come up with, he makes comments on what he’s heard, then I wait until Australia wakes up. Then I play Geoffrey, through Skype, what I’ve written and sung. He gives me his tuppence-worth, and we will work though the lyrics for a couple of hours until we are both really happy with it.
When that’s done, I’ll send the project off to Funkstar, who will take over from there. He's had a US No.1 and UK No.3 with ‘Sun Is Shining’ feat. Bob Marley which sold millions of records worldwide so it’s fair to say he’s a better producer than me! Anyway once the track is finished, we’ll try and sell it to record labels - in this case we got a deal with CO2 / Lifted House - and the track will get released.
We were happy to see ‘Million Miles’ chart in four territories, including the 13 weeks it spent in the UK Dance Top 20. Funkstar and I have just finished a new track, ‘Super Disco’, which we are in the process of trying to get a deal for. Listen out for it...”
Music at Home
Here are links to some of Adrian's music: