Adam K talks evolution, tips to make it in the music business, dream collab & more


For Toronto, Canada's Adam K, it's tremendous amounts of skill, creativity, hard work, and years of perfecting his craft that have catapulted him into the upper echelon of dance music.

Fueling his stellar live sets is over 15 years of experience in mastering, audio engineering and producing. His keen ear for shaping sounds and knack for composing emotional hooks fuse together to create his trademark style. Adam's solo and collaborative projects have dominated the underground including landmark tracks such as "I Can Feel", "You're Not Alone", "Question", and "From The Speaker" which melded the minds of Adam, long-time friend Soha, and Toolroom frontman Mark Knight.

Now, Brazilian hot shot Vintage Culture teams up with Canadian DJ/producer Adam K for another massive tune to kickstart 2020 in style. "Deep Inside of Me" sees them present an upbeat melody before unleashing one of their trademark drops, bursting of heavy beats and freaky synth, all enhanced by MKLA's magical vocals. Expect a more melodic approach, leaning on the strong vocals and hands-in-the-air chorus.


We’re super excited about your new single with Vintage Culture and MKLA. How did you all come together for the making of “Deep Inside Of Me”?

Vintage Culture and MKLA are two of my close friends. We write music together all the time, so it’s only natural that we'd all come together with this tune.

You are known internationally as a DJ, producer and record label owner. How do you manage to succeed in your music career and constantly balance everything out?

I focus on the aspects that I love the most. It doesn’t feel so much like work if you’re lovin' what you do.

Walk us through the evolution thus far of your sound. How did you develop the style that you produce today? Were there any mentors or role models that helped shape you, or even your background?

Although I’m most known for this 8th note progressive house vibe that me and Soha got known for doing many years ago, if you were to go through my 'writing' and 'production' catalog I think the sounds and tastes are more all across the board. I’ve had many mentors help me along the way.  Toronto has so much talent and I’m fortunate to be one of the grateful people that has been able to tap into that.

Tell us about one of your productions that holds the most inspiration or meaning for you. How did that inspiration translate into the end product?

I think the most inspiring production that I’ve released to date is my collaboration with Soha, 'Twilight'. That record was a staple for our career in and around the early part of a movement in dance music that changed a lot of sounds forever.


Are there any type of problems that you often encounter in the process of creating a track, and what do you usually do to deal with them?

Drums Drums Drums. I always put in a temp drum beat, write the song and then go back and swap them all out until they’re absolutely purrrfect.

What inspired you to create Hotbox Digital and what keeps you motivated? What have been some of the highlights of running it all these years?

I didn’t want to be a slave to the big labels in order to release my own music and the music of people I think are talented. It’s great to have awesome names on this label like Vintage Culture, Soha, and many more.

Who would be your dream artist or DJ to collaborate with?

Would it be too much to ask if we can get Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley in a room together?

Are you more of a DJ or a producer? What will be your main focus for the future?

I’m a musician first and foremost, but I express myself best through music production and music as a businessman in the music industry.

What’s your most treasured tool in the studio and what’s so good about it? 

My brain. I think it doesn’t matter what you make music with as long as you can connect to the vibrations.

What’s your DAW of choice?

Ableton to produce, and Logic for recording.

If you could take the stage at any location around the world, where would it be and why?

Pyramids in Egypt! Would love to record vocals in King Tut's tomb as well.

What’s your favourite aspect of this "job"? What about your least favourite?

I wouldn’t do anything in life that I don’t get the maximum satisfaction out of. I love pretty much every aspect of the music industry. Least favourite... dealing with wankers.

Which DJ would you like to swap places with for one day if you could?

If I could remember everything and learn a thing or two, either CRAZE or DJ Jazzy Jeff. Learn some ultimate skillzzzzzzz.

What two critical pieces of advice would you pass on to like minded aspiring artists/label owners – that is, what do you know now that you wish you’d known back then?

Be a true musician, and a great business person. Work hard, long and true and hopefully all your dreams will come true.

What are some of your non-musical passions/hobbies?

Who has time for anything other than music? It’s a lifestyle we’ve chosen that occupies 123% of my brain.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!

In regards to your ongoing success and development as an artist, what would you say your number one priority is goal wise throughout the rest of the year? Any special projects we should expect from you in the near future?

My number one priority is working with as many talented people as I can, and learning from the new as well as the old. Send your music! Let’s hear some fire people!!!

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Interview made by Adriana-Laura L., DJ'S Arena 2020