We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always had a passion for bringing joy and happiness to people through music and entertainment. At an early age, I participated in various choirs and bands. I also tried out for pretty much every talent show that my school put on. As a young adult, I moved out to L.A. to pursue music and obtain my Bachelor’s Degree while attending different schools in and around Southern California while also working a full-time job.
While attending Cal State Long Beach, I had the privilege of meeting and being linked up with a popular Vietnamese wedding band and began performing with this band all over Southern California. While working with this band, I slowly began to realize that the wedding & events industry was always booming and full of life. It was at that point that I made the decision that I could potentially make a living working within the wedding and events industry. I began attending networking events and continued showcasing my talents at a variety of venues which in turn landed an internship with a company that specialized in high profile events. My hard work as an intern opened the door and allowed me to DJ celebrity gifting lounges prior to major award shows such as The Oscars, The Golden Globes, The Emmys, The Espys and The Grammys.
With the experience of DJing high profile events and performing as a singer/guitarist at weddings, I started up ADM Entertainment in the fall of 2018. In the summer of 2019, I left the food & beverage industry to become a full time DJ, Emcee, and musician.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a DJ, I’m always on the lookout for new music or remixes of classic hits. This ties hand in hand as a singer/guitarist, I’ll frequently look at the top charts or favorite past hits that people love and I’ll put my original spin on it. I personally feel that once you get to where you want to be, it is easy to settle for where you’re at. This makes sense because your goal is something that you have worked hard for and earned. However, I do my best to surround myself with other full-time wedding & event professionals which allows me to continually grow and gives me the courage to embrace new challenges.
When I’m not responding to emails, in a meeting with a client, or performing at an event, you can find me at Guitar Center in pro audio messing around on the DJ controllers or jamming out in the acoustic guitar section. As much as I wish I could take home all the gear, my fiancé would kill me.
My drive, my talent, and most importantly my passion is to make every event a successful and memorable experience for my clients. Their experience is what prompts me to push myself and continue to succeed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ohhh…we’re going to Disneyland for sure!!
I would then take my best friends to Cole’s in DTLA, they have the best old fashions and French dips on the West Coast. After we have full bellies, we would make our way to the speakeasy in the back to relax and muse while the jazz band plays.
We would, of course, have to hit up Hollywood BLVD to see all the crazy and fun things, then make our way to Venice/Santa Monica Beach to immerse ourselves in the local arts & music culture. Finally, we would wrap it up and go bar hopping in WeHo!! (Insert DJ horn sound effect, *bur *bur *bur *burrrrrr)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without hesitation, my main shoutout goes to my parents. Moving us from Escondido, CA., to Batavia, IL., to St. Louis, MO., they worked their tails off to support five children. While growing up in the Midwest, my father worked for a restaurant chain in Operations Construction and my mother was an in-patient pharmacist technician for Barnes Jewish Hospital.
My pops always had a passion for drums and all genres of music. As a kid, it was not uncommon to be woken up on Saturday morning by the deep drum beats of Alex Van Halen or the screaming vocals of Axl Rose. At dinner, we would listen to melodic music from Hiroshima and David Benoit. Hank Williams lured down the hallway as I did my homework. With the drum heavy bands, my Dad would bust out his drumsticks and bang away on the carpet, imagining he was Neil Pert or Ginger Baker.
Every Sunday, my mother took me to church and during worship she would without a doubt, stand out amongst everyone else. My mom would sing every note perfectly and when she hit those harmonies.. you could absolutely feel the spirit moving through her. In 2000, my mother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and in August of 2005, she passed away. One of my mother’s favorite songs towards the end of her life was “How Far is Heaven ” by Los Lonely Boys. Over the years when my sister and brothers can get together, that song has somehow randomly played on the radio when we’ve been in the car together or has randomly come on while we were dining at a restaurant.. “randomly”.
When people say that I’m a hustler, that I have talented gifts, or that I’ve made someone’s event a memorable experience, I have to give the main kudos to my parents for giving me the appreciation of music, teaching me how to work hard for what I want and most importantly, how to treat others with respect and dignity, because we really don’t know how long this performance called life, will last.
I also wouldn’t be where I am today without a good family, quality friends and amazing teachers. Shout out to my sister, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and extended family. I also want to shout out to my friends on the Mid Coast and friends on the West Coast. A HUGE shoutout to all my music and drama teachers in St. Louis who cared, who motivated and who encouraged me to always strive to be better. Finally, a loving shoutout to my beautiful fiancé who has supported me this past decade and who has personally been there for my ups, my downs, and my wayyyyyyy downs, you’ve worked overtime honey bunny.
Cheers to all of you <3
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