We got to spend some time interviewing Adventure Man ahead of their Park Acoustics performance. You’ll be able to catch Gad de Combes, Neil Sinclair, Po-Chung Chen, Richard Krull and Rob Myburgh on the day.
DYD: We remember Gad operating as a solo Adventure Man years ago. How did Adventure Man become such a big group?
Gad (Adventure Man): I tried to stay solo for as long as possible because the money was better, but then I finally gave into Po-Chung’s incessant demands to get a band together. Richard does sound around Joburg, we taught him to play guitar, and Neil plays the meanest bass you’ve ever heard. When we went on our first tour as a full band we brought solo artist Rob May with us to open, and realized that the band didn’t make sense without him, so he now plays acoustics guitar and sings back up in the band.
DYD: Could you describe your music to us?
Gad (Adventure Man): At its heart, it’s pop music. I love catchy melodies and try to keep everything as simple as possible. I like to think of it as being childlike with a quirky twist. I like to entertain myself as much as I like to entertain others.
DYD: What is your music making process like and where do you find inspiration?
Gad (Adventure Man): It usually starts with a chord progression that I like and then once I’ve settled on something, I need to decide on a lyrical direction. I am obsessed with pop culture and my songs are usually about whatever is in my stratosphere of thought at that particular point in my life. As an example , the night before the song that would be eventually known as Groundhog Day would be recorded, I literally had nothing, so I came up with a chord sequence and walked around my room looking for inspiration and came across a DVD for my favourite movie, Groundhog Day. I then tried to recreate the movie without anyone knowing what I was doing.
DYD: Where do you see the band going in the next few years?
Gad (Adventure Man): Our economy is really good, so we’ll probably stay here. We’re really looking forward to writing our new album as a full band.
DYD: What has been your favourite performance so far?
Gad (Adventure Man): We recently opened for ShortStraw at Live the Venue in Durban. We had a really responsive crowd and it’s always nice to see people dance along to your music.
DYD: What would your ultimate musical success be?
Gad (Adventure Man): To open for Cake, that’s all.
DYD: What can we expect from your Park Acoustics performance?
Gad (Adventure Man): We may or may not shave Po again ;)