We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Sage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important attribute of our success as a band is that the three of us are all 100% bought into the vision. We really enjoy the process of making the music, and we’re all willing to do what it takes to get it out to the world. We stay curious and ready to pivot our production, marketing strategy, distribution strategy, etc on a moments notice if we learn there is a better way. We’re just really lucky to have the resources and drive of 3 people all working hard towards the same goal of making this band something sustainable for us all. We hold each other to a high standard not just in musical ability, but also in our level of commitment and work we put into growing and managing the band.
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 really proud of the sound we are developing as a band. Our singer Dom is a brilliant songwriter, and he writes the majority of the music we release. Ian (drums) and I (bass) are both experienced audio engineers, and we work extremely well together on the mixing and mastering, coming up with creative approaches for each mix that we wouldn’t have come up with on our own. Each song we release sounds better and better, and I’m very proud of the level of quality we achieve in each category.
Getting to this point has been a lot of work. One thing that is constantly shaping the way we approach songwriting and production is an ongoing battle with perfectionism. When first learning the ropes of production, I think it was super valuable to be a perfectionist, and our own harshest critics in terms of sound. Five years ago, I would never deem anything I created “good enough,” and it was frustrating. But through that, I developed my ear for all facets of music production; I’ve learned to identify the specific problems that cause a song to not sound “good enough,” and learned how to fix those, or how to find help in an efficient way. Today, being a perfectionist is still a good tool, but it can also be an obstacle. We’re still learning when/where to keep grinding until it’s perfect, and when/where to let go, exhale, and be proud of our work.
I want the world to know that we’re hungry to keep learning as much as we can about every part of being a band. We run everything ourselves here including songwriting, recording, postproduction, distribution, show booking, marketing strategies, etc. We want to improve in every area and we’re happy to share what we’ve learned as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Alright let’s plan the best week-long trip in Orlando ever without going to Disney! I’ll break down a couple categories of activities and my favorite things to do in each:
– Will’s Pub: Has been a community staple forever. Awesome atmosphere, friendly people, and regular shows from local and national acts
– Henao Center (aka A Sound Garden): Really cool lights setup (incl. disco ball), outdoor beer garden with food trucks, and they always have some really good beers in stock
– The Geek Easy: Awesome video game/nerdy themed bar with a really great sound and lighting setup on their stage. It’s one of those gems in a strip mall that’s way bigger and cooler than you expect on the inside
Food / Drink
– Old Cuban Cafe Express: What a gem. Fantastic Cuban food in East Orlando in a building that used to be a gas station. If you don’t get meat, you can get so much delicious food that it’s hard to finish for under $4
– Viet Nomz: Super tasty Vietnamese food. I like the rice bowl with crispy tofu and spicy nom sauce
– Tin and Taco: This place gives you the option to crust the outside of your taco with fried parmesan cheese. It’s insane.
– The Milkhouse: a new spot that just opened in the Milk District. They call it a “food hall” because they’re positioning it as an upscale food court, and it’s super good. It’s one building with an awesome atmosphere that houses a bar, coffee shop, ice cream place, and a kitchen that specializes in fancy toast-based appetizers (they put a lot of different stuff on the toast)
– Wekiwa Spring: Awesome natural spring for kayaking, swimming, and hanging out. Hot tip: navigate to “Wekiwa Island” if you’re trying to go. It’s a park that’s just a little ways down the river (so you can still kayak to the main spring) and it’s always a huge party on weekends. Plus no fee for parking at Wekiwa Island
– The Pinball Lounge (Oviedo): It’s may be a room in the back of a bowling alley, but it’s also a fully stocked bar with a TON of pinball machines. A fantastic time if you enjoy a good game of pinball. I recommend the “Medieval Madness” machine
– Lake Eola Park farmers market: Sunday morning downtown there’s a great farmers market by lake Eola. Make sure to try the spicy honey if you can find it
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?
I’d like to shout out Duncan Kurtz. Duncan is a very talented keyboard player and videographer, and he actually played keys with us on our last tour! We only met Duncan a few months ago, but we immediately hit it off, and you will be sure to hear some of his playing on future Sage. songs and at future shows! (Hire him to shoot video at your wedding or other private event, it’s what he does for a living and he is very very good)
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