INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Perhaps best known for being a guitarist for Texan pop-punk collective Offended By Everything, talented musician Jarrett Adlof is now embarking on a solo career, armed with a sound that captures the essence of his former band, but offers something different vocally and lyrically, and with with his recent single ‘Progress‘ having been positively received, and already generating almost 5,000 streams on Spotify, he spoke to me about all of this and more.
What would you say was your earliest musical memory?
I remember playing keyboard as a small kid, I think I was about five. I could always hear a note, in-tune or not, so I would push one single key and match it.
Was there a specific moment when you decided to pursue a career as a musician?
Honestly, in high school, I did it to be cool, and I probably still wasn’t. After high school, I got pretty good at business, and figured I might as well put it to use with my favourite hobby.
What are your main musical influences?
Guitar-wise, my favourite was Prince, and I’m still planning to one day buy his ‘Purple Rain‘ guitar, but band-wise, Mayday Parade is always a go-to.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
Make it sound right. This bothers some, but if something sounds off or too different, then I won’t release it. I want people to hear it once, and then it sticks in their minds.
What inspires you lyrically?
Sometimes, a life event happens, which triggers me. Sometimes (and this is going to get me into trouble with some), I write musically, and just create what I know are real instances from other people’s points of view.
So far, you have brought out two solo singles – ‘A Memory Of Me’ and ‘Progress’. How was the recording process for them?
DIFFERENT! I did all the tracking at my home studio. I wrote and recorded them, then I sent the songs off to Scott Buchanan (Offended By Everything producer), who mixed and mastered, and made me sound so much better.
And how has the response been to the tracks so far?
It’s been really solid. This is my future, so I hope it continues.
Also, how does your solo work differ stylistically to what you did as part of Offended By Everything?
Musically, it really doesn’t, as I wrote the majority of the Offended By Everything music, and I wanted my solo work to be a spin-off of that, although, vocally and lyrically, it is very different, as Zak is an amazing vocalist with a big range and more of a current style, whereas I grew up in the New Found Glory days of pop-punk.
And lastly, what are your plans for the near future?
I recently finished work on my home studio, which is the real deal, and I have started a record label to record and sign bands called Palm Mute Records. Also, I will start playing shows with my music early next year!
‘PROGRESS’ – THE LATEST SINGLE FROM JARRETT ADLOF – IS AVAILABLE NOW VIA PALM MUTE RECORDS, AND FURTHER INFO ON JARRETT CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: