Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Adam Jensen

Adam JensenBoston’s Adam Jensen dropped his new EP Behold The Man on December 3rd. It follows up his Head On a String EP which he released earlier this year, landing #7 on the iTunes singer-songwriter album charts. Before Behold The Man‘s release, we had a chat with the singer-songwriting about dream jam sessions, favourite books, upcoming covers, and more. Dig into our conversation here:

AMBY: Hey Adam, how are you and what have you been up to lately?

Adam Jensen: Hello there. I’m still alive, so that’s good.  I’ve been recording my new EP for the last few months. Also I’ve been doing a lot of writing for other artists and producing some local Boston artists at my studio in Boston. And of course I’m always playing shows. I did a bunch of solo acoustic shows this summer and fall opening for Foreigner, Chicago, Tim Reynolds, Howie Day and David Cook as well as a few headlining shows. Gotta stay busy.

AMBY: How would you classify your sound to all your listeners?

Adam Jensen: I have no idea. This new EP has a purposely-evolved sound compared to some of my other stuff. I’d like to think my sound could be classified as: Good Songs.

AMBY: You’ve just released your new EP Behold The Man. What’s the significance behind the EP’s title?

Adam Jensen: There’s a bunch of reasons I went with that title. But mainly I was reading a bunch of Nietzsche and one of my favorite books of his is called Ecce Homo, which is latin for “behold the man”. It was one of his last books and he sort of wrote it as he descended into madness. I feel that way about this record.

AMBY: What inspired your song The Kid, taken from the EP?

Adam Jensen: My younger self.

AMBY: What are the biggest differences on the EP compared to your previous one Head On a String?

Adam Jensen: For this EP I wanted to make something totally unique. I wanted to make something that didn’t sound anything like any of my past records. The personal songwriting is still there at the core but I took a totally different approach when writing and producing the tracks. So I guess the biggest difference is that they are totally different.

AMBY: Which other artists from Boston should we keep our eyes on?

Adam Jensen: Alex Knutsen and Brian Kelley.

AMBY: What’s your favorite book of all time?

Adam Jensen: Art of War by Sun Zi.

AMBY: Who would your dream jam session be with?

Adam Jensen: John Lennon.

AMBY: I’ve come across a few covers on your SoundCloud. Can we expect any others in the near future?

Adam Jensen: I hate covers. I’d rather spend the time writing new original songs. BUT it’s a really good (and really free) way to promote my original stuff and in this day and age I need to promote any way possible. So to answer your question: probably maybe.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

Adam Jensen: Lorde – Pure Heroine.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Adam Jensen that nobody knows yet?

Adam Jensen: I have a Division 1 soccer scholarship to George Washington University in DC…and got kicked out 3 months later. In retrospect a Bostonian at a rich kid school in DC sounds like a terrible idea from the start.

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Thank you Adam Jensen, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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