We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Silvestri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When talking about risk what we’re really talking about is sacrifice. Sacrifice is a crucial component to any sort of growth. Embarking on a path inevitable takes you farther away from other paths and sooner or later, if you travel far and long enough, chances are you will find yourself all alone, far away from where you started. That can be scary but it is the only real way to accomplish anything in life.
Risk taking has always been the catalyst that has brought me farther along in both my career and in life. One particular instance that sticks out in my mind is moving from Boston to New York City. I quit my job, broke up with my girl and left all I knew behind because there was this little voice in me that wouldn’t shut up. It was saying that I had to go give this whole music thing a shot in the big city and that voice kept me up at night. Those around me thought it was insane to drop everything and leave. And from the standpoint of a logical adult, they were probably right. But that urge down there in my subconscious beat out logic and I took a leap of faith. Making the move was terrifying. I had $2,000 to my name which I had saved up from a recent house painting job. I knew no one where I was headed and would basically be starting all over again. But somehow, someway I made it work and it proved to be one of the most important decisions I’ve made in life. Looking back on it, my life would be completely different if I had not made the move. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now. I’m not a very mystical person but from my experience I’ve found that the universe rewards you when you take risks and follow your heart.
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.
Finding your own voice or your own unique style is definitely the most crucial as well as most difficult aspect of creating art. Without such discovery, art is pointless. It is the one elements that gives your creation the potential to be an honest reflection of your true self and separate you from all others. It is an ongoing process to reach a destination that one never arrives at but is always striving for.
For me, with my music, limitations, persistence and dedication have been the key ingredients that have allowed me to uncover all I have with my sound up to this point so far. Acknowledgement of ones limitations allows for the ability to discover how an unorthodox or odd characteristic has the potential to be a strong attribute. Persistence equips one with the strength needed to trudge through the many many failures that will most definitely and inevitably present themselves along the way. And dedication will keep one committed to the hours and hours of work that must go into honing a craft in order for it to reach it’s true potential. The work is exhausting, defeating and often goes unvalidated by the outside world. But I truly believe it is the most worthy struggle to embark upon in this life.
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?
Given that I moved here during Covid, I haven’t had all that much time to explore. That said, I would definitely want to take them to some music venues here because L.A. has some of the best around. We’d definitely hit up Gold Diggers, Harvard & Stone and The Moroccan Lounge. We’d certainly take a trip to Venice and hang on the beach. Since we’d be over that way, we’d have to grab a burger at the Window because it’s one of the best in town. Damn, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. I’d also make sure to take the to the Snake Pit in Hollywood because its a really great bar that always plays great music. Moving from the east coast I am still pretty amazed about how incredible the hiking is here. Tuna Canyon in Malibu may be my favorite one yet. Friends have brought to so many incredible hiking spots around town and but I unfortunately have not kept track of their names.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s been so many people along the way who have been instrumental in helping me get to where I am today. So many it’s hard to even know where to begin! There’s my older brother, Matt Silvestri, who taught me about music from a young age and introduced me to so many great bands that would have a huge effect on my own writing. There’s my label, SoundEvolution Music, who’ve been there by my side from the moment we first met years ago, ready to help me achieve any vision I may have. But perhaps the most crucial individual that I must recognize here is my dear friend and drummer, Brian Viglione. Brian and I met in New York City while recording my album “A Hollow Triumph After All” and it was clear right away that we were kindred spirits. He’s been a mentor of sorts for me along this journey; a real friend who always has my back and offers up unconditional love when I need it most. It is a real blessing to have wonderful people around you in life and I certainly feel grateful for those who surround me.
Adam Cohen, Michelle Shiers, Ken Polin, Steve LaBate, Mark Ashe. Photo files are labeled with photographers name