Adam Barta is someone who I have known for a while now and I have always wanted a chance to chat with him in an interview so we could share it with all of you. His music is positive, makes you want to dance, and he has always been one of the most genuine people I know. Apparently, I am not alone in my opinion. Adam has had the number one ultimate sexiest video on LOGO of all time (Standing in the Rain) and a Top 20 Billboard hit (Give Yourself Up) with Kathy Sledge. His dance single, ‘I Wanna Hold You’, was heard in Abercrombie & Fitch stores throughout the country and there are many more accomplishments. You can read all about them on his website and access all of his music there, as well as watch his videos.
I have called 2012 the year I would bring you the people I am most proud of and Adam is absolutely one of them. The way he has carried himself is always an inspiration to me. He is kind, generous, and supportive of everyone he meets. His work ethic is truly something to see, he is constantly working on new music, new ideas, and new ways to please his fans. Here is our interview, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it:
Q: You’ve been quite busy in the past few years. #1 ultimate sexiest video on Logo of ALL TIME, a top 20 hit (Give Yourself Up) with Kathy Sledge, Favorite Click List artist of 2007, singles like Dirty Girls, Standing in the Rain, and VIP. Has music always been something you wanted to pursue?
A: Absolutely! I’ve always wanted to perform for people, even since I was a young boy. I think having musical talent and having a talent being able to entertain people are two separate things. Its why sometimes people who aren’t the best singers are so successful in the industry and people who are great singers dont always flourish in the music biz. You need to be able to captivate people with your presence, grab them and not let go.
Q: You are always on the go, looking for the next thing. What do you do when you do have some down time? What are some of your hobbies and interests?
A: I’m a big beach/pool person. I can lounge around by a pool all day to relax. I also love amusement parks, especially water parks and thrill rides. I just got back from a trip to Disney World, which is one of my favorite places.
There is a water park in New Jersey called Mountain Creek. They have one of my favorite attractions of all time. Its basically a 25-foot free fall jump off a cliff into a lagoon below. You just literally have to walk off the edge of the cliff and plummet below into the water. I love doing it, because it gives me courage to do what I do in my life and my career. If I can just let myself go and fall, I cant be afraid to hit the water. Its like what I do in life put my best stuff out there and just let go. If I make a huge splash, so be it, but in the end I will always rise to the surface and be able to climb again.
Q: The new single, ‘Q & A‘ is a message to critics, among other things. What do you think of the way the music industry has progressed? It is obviously much different today than it was a few years ago.
A: Its so funny because when I wrote Q&A it was totally intended to have a different meaning! I had just gone through a bad break up in my life, and was writing it as a love letter to my ex. But as time went on, and we decided to do the music video, I didn’t want it to take the obvious route. So we decided to make the video focus on the obsession people have with FAME, and the love and hate that comes from that. It wasn’t so much about asking a person if they loved me, but rather, the critics and the world. It became about a journey that was me accepting myself and believing in yourself. In the end, when you strip it all away, theres only me. And thats all that matters.
As far as the music industry I think its made some huge leaps and advances but also with that comes a new set of challenges. These days, with the advent of the Internet and advanced computer technology, people can (and have) record a hit song in their own bedroom. Hell, when we did Give Yourself Up, there were sections I had to redo and recorded in my own apartment! People can become a star overnight. Its no longer about how many CDs you sell, but how many YouTube hits or iTunes downloads you have, and this is something ANYONE can achieve with the right talents and ability to put themselves out there.
But the drawback, is that its a much bigger pool now. Everyone has a shot, which means you are fighting to be seen and heard through the masses. You HAVE to have something really good to get noticed. Its a challenge, but for me, it keeps me on my toes. I love being pushed, and having to exceed myself in everything I do. As long as I am headed in a positive direction, I will keep doing what I do.
Q: Social Media has become HUGE for anyone in entertainment. How have you incorporated it into your daily routine and how do you think it is best used by artists?
A: I think Twitter and Facebook are essential tools for communicating with fans. I couldn’t imagine not having them! Its like having personal conversations with fans and seeing what they are thinking and getting immediate responses and reactions to my projects.
Q: Speaking of Social Media, where can we find Adam Barta online?
A: www.adambarta.com, www.twitter.com/adam_barta, www.facebook.com/adambartamusic, and most recently, www.dialastar.com!
Q: I never thought I’d be asking this question but…. Nadya Suleman (Octomom) is headed into the world of music and she is going to be teaming up with YOU. How did that come about?
A: I recently signed with Gina Rodriguez of DD Entertainment, who I adore. Shes brilliant at PR and getting her clients out there. She paired us together for a cute and quirky cameo in my music video, and when Octo mentioned about doing a duet in a line in the video, people started clamoring for a real one! So we all talked and decided to go for it!
Q: I have to ask, how is Nadya as a singer? Do you have a song already picked out to do with her?
A: I think people will be pleasantly surprised with what we come up with. She has such a unique voice, we are going to channel that into something amazing. I am actually starting on writing the song today. We will be in the studio mid-June to record it! Mr. Mig is set to produce it (who produced my last two songs), and is a multi platinum producer who owns one of the biggest and best recording studios in NJ (Audiomaxx Studios), so theres no way we aren’t coming up with a hit!
Q: If you weren’t in the Music Industry, what other field could you see yourself in?
A: Either a teacher or a hair stylist. I love making people look good, and always love changing up my own hair styles, as you can see!
Q: You are a gay man and an artist. Do you see a day where we won’t need to use labels like “gay artist”?
A: I don think the label is necessarily such a bad thing. The bad part only comes if we become trapped by it and relegate ourselves to a certain type of music, or genre. Being gay should be no different than a straight artist, except that maybe we see some boys kissing in the music videos. The music is still the music, and the message can translate to everyone, if it is written with meaning.
Q: What charities/causes are you passionate about?
A: I love Gods Love We Deliver in NYC. If (and when) I land on Celebrity Apprentice, season 25, they are going to be my charity of choice. I’ve already roped Lisa Lampanelli to help me when Im on the show. Say what you will, but she should have won this season. GMHC is also an amazing charity, and Im glad she won so much money for them!
Q: Bullying is a big issue for all young people today but especially gay youth. Where you ever bullied as a child? Any advice you can give to people going through that now?
A: Yes, and I think the hardest part about bullying is the bullying we do to ourselves. Often times, we let other people control how we see ourselves. Younger kids, and teenagers dont have the life experience to let this roll off them. If you are being bullied, you need to immerse yourself in something you love find your passion, something that makes you feel good about yourself. This can be sports, acting, singing, school, politics. I think if we have something we can believe in, its easier to believe in ourselves.
Q: What other artists would you like to team up with? Singers, Songwriters, Producers, Musicians?
A: Definitely Adam Lambert, just because it would probably drive people crazy (in a good way). We can call it A-squared! I also cant wait for Lindsay Lohan to get back into the recording studio. I think she is a great musical artist and I own both her albums. I’ve told her dad Michael who is a friend of mine, that I can get a Billboard hit for her if we team up!
Q: Do you still have plans to do a reality show? Which are your favorites?
A: I love Celebrity Apprentice! Im so doing it eventually. When Im off the D-list! I will definitely be making reality TV appearances this year.. so stay tuned!
Q: What do you think of shows like American Idol, The Voice, X-Factor, and the like? Are they helpful to artists and the music business in general?
A: I think they can be, but theyre also like winning the lotto. For every good singer they pick, theres about 1,000 that are turned away. People should definitely try out, but dont treat it any differently than any other audition. Give your all, and move onto the next thing.
Q: What do you think Simon would say about you if you were a contestant on X-Factor?
A: If he wants, I’ll come on and we can find out!
Q: Your voice is very powerful, would you ever consider doing a musical?
A: Thank you! I actually started out doing musical theatre, and studying it in college, so eventually I would love to go back and do Broadway.
Q: What’s up next for Adam Barta?
A: My duet with Nadya (Octomom), headlining Market Days in Chicago in August, and also just joined dialastar.com! If you havent heard about it yet, its where people can call up and talk to their favorite stars for a fee per minute. This means I can finally talk to fans around the country, and more importantly, where I think this has the most value for my fans, is that I can give career advice and counseling to all the singers out there who want advice on how to break into the industry. Thats always something I get asked about the most. People can call me at 1-888-695-4543 , Ext. 110568 (www.DialAStar.com).
I would like to thank Adam for being so amazing and wish him all the luck in the world with all of his projects. I hope you take time to visit his site, follow him on Twitter, LIKE him on Facebook, and even give him a call. I’m sure you will find him to be very entertaining and helpful if you do.