We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Chester and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I started playing the piano at a very young age. Whenever there was a stressful situation? I turned to my little electric keyboard that my parents bought me when I was about 4 years old. I remember having an accident in grade school. Peed my pants. Hell, I peed all over that bathroom wall. Aiming for targets where there were none. Got sent home embarrassed, somewhat ashamed, and a wee bit happy (excuse the pun) to be out of school for the whole afternoon. After getting to my room and changing, I turned on that keyboard and played. When a few people started applauding after I finished a song, I soon realized that a small crowd had gathered downstairs, set up chairs in the parking lot where my bedroom window overlooked and were listening! From that moment on, I liked the idea of entertaining people. And that’s what I do to this day…make people happy, through music, after wetting my pants.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m so proud that my wife Maria and I created Quaranchella, a streaming weekly live music show that we began from our front yard during the early lockdown in Los Angeles due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We managed to raise over $20,000 for various non-profits and loved every minute of it! Guest musicians who performed with me included Lisa Loeb, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, and Elton John’s music director and guitarist- Davey Johnstone. These concerts made me realize how much I love to perform in front of people, whether in person or online! But the biggest thrill was helping people feel a little better, while bringing some much-needed funding to organizations that are close to our hearts. It’s my hope that Maria and I can continue to hold these concerts in the future as we all eventually get back to normal. I’m also hoping to get back to rehearsing Sir Elton John and his band again. I’ve been doing that since 2005 and the year away from that? Has made me feel more ready than ever!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First? I’d take them to see the Hollywood sign. Nothing beats that thrill of seeing it up close for the first time! Then, I’d head on over to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, and then end the day with dinner at Nobu Malibu right on the ocean as we watch the sun set.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
That would be my wife Maria, who could be working full-time as my live-in psychologist. But she’s asking for too much money.
Baby piano 8×10 pic of Adam-courtesy of Rory Lewis