Adam Duffill

FRESH: ‘Colours’ – Adam Duffill

Adam Duffill releases “Colours”.

by Christopher Smith

Adam Duffill, known for his energetic solo performances, is a rock singer/songwriter from Southend, Essex. Following on from the success of his most successful single to date, 2018’s stadium rock-inspired “Falling Like A Landslide”, the Essex-born frontman is back with his latest offering “Colours”, available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play now.

Admittedly a departure from the upbeat nature of previous singles “Bright Blue Eyes” and “Falling Like A Landslide”, the new single focuses more on the Rochford-born singers softer side – the arpeggio from Duffill’s distinctive open tuned guitar in the introduction offering the listener a clear indication of the heart-felt direction of his most recent studio effort.

Adam has indicated that the song will definitely feature on Adam’s forthcoming album “Torch To Light The Universe” and as well as having a unique twist of folk, pop, rock and orchestral elements, the 30-year-old explains the lyrical content is decidedly different to his previous singles too: “Colours’ is still a love song but it’s coming from a different perspective than anything I’ve done before I think. It’s really more of a love letter to say that I’m ready for the commitment of being together whatever happens and whatever direction you choose to go in. It’s actually about loyalty really”.

“I think when people first realise they love someone a fear element emerges – this sense of how will my life have to change to accommodate this amazing thing that’s happening to me, and a fear of investing yourself fully in case things don’t work out and the pain that brings. I think our minds have a way of protecting themselves. I guess this song tackles reassuring the loved one that they have nothing to worry about from that perspective”. Despite being markedly different to his trademark style of upbeat, melodic pop and rock influences, the song is still drawing a popular following live: “When I’d finished writing “Colours” I always felt it was a good song with a nice chorus, but I wasn’t entirely sure how it would fit in the set” he adds. “Because the start of the song is so sparse compared to some of my other songs, I was worried people wouldn’t really embrace it. But in actual fact, the opposite has been true – I think people like the change of pace and can connect with what I’m trying to get across in both the lyrics and the way I deliver the vocals with a lot of passion”.

The heartfelt track has certainly become a firm fan favourite among his live shows, garnering the obvious comparisons to American radio mainstays who have crossed orchestral arrangements with rock, such as Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty, but many observers have noted there is definitely a modern feel to the production in “Colours”. The deep, rich vocals that run back and forth in the first verse are more reminiscent of Rag & Bone Man than straight the 90’s rock feel Duffill has gone for before, and there is a definite hint of a Lewis Capaldi or Liam Gallagher ballad in the strings inspired choruses. “I think this songs definitely more about the lyrics. I’d say the mood of of most of my tracks is dictated more by the music than the lyrics, but the lyrics definitely lead the mood on this one. It’s different to anything I’ve done before; definitely a risk, but sometimes you’ve got to take risks haven’t you?”.

The past nine years have included appearances at London ExCel, Camden’s Purple Turtle, Islington’s O2 Academy, Monto Water Rats in Kings Cross, Stamford Bridge Stadium for Chelsea FC’s Player of The Year awards, seeing off 10,000 participants to reach Future Music’s UK Songwriting not to mention various festival and radio appearances. However, with one more single still to come before the year ends, the focus right now is certainly on studio efforts and there is much more still to come from Adam Duffill in 2019.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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