This year our 12 Hour Charity Open Mic is being held at Brooklyn Bar in Leeds. The central hub, managed by the extraordinarily talented Adam Burnett, is the perfect venue and we’re all super excited to run the event. I got chance to ask Adam some questions about his music career to date.
How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been playing instruments since I was 8, and I’ve been writing songs since I was about 11.
Do you collaborate with a variety of different people? Who do you most like performing with?
I’ve collaborated with a few different people and in a few different genres. I’ve played in a few different bands, mainly rock or alternative rock, and I’ve also performed in a band and as a duet with Jack The Rapper, who, unsurprisingly, is a rapper. I’ve also performed solo in a couple of different formats. I enjoy all forms of performing, but I think I most enjoy performing with Jack as we work well together and come up with great compositions and interesting transpositions of our work into live forms.
What’s your favourite song and why? Have you ever performed it live?
My favourite track is probably Home which Jack and I wrote together, and we have performed it live in several different formats including acoustically and backing tracked. It takes on a modern twist of blue grass country music, allowing hip hop elements to combine with country electric and acoustic guitar stylings and a catchy country chorus hook. Really interesting, dark, atmospheric and catchy, all in the same track.
The Leeds creative scene is very supportive. Do you enjoy performing in the area?
I’ve not actually performed an awful lot in the Leeds area, more so in Manchester, but when I have, there’s some great support from promoters and several great live venues. Although sadly some have closed in recent years, I’m hoping that the unsigned scene stays alive within the city, especially with all its musical heritage.
If you could choose one artist to listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
I would probably say Civil Twilight. They manage to fill my fix of atmospheric alternative music, riffy rock tracks and interesting musical experiments all in one band. I could listen to their albums all day!
Adam Burnett is performing live in Leeds this May
Not only will Adam be treating us to solo performances, he’s also performing with the super talented Jack The Rapper 10pm-11pm to finish off the event. It’s become somewhat of an open mic tradition and I’m so, so pleased they’re both returning. The open mic is as much theirs as “mine” and I really hope everyone who gets involved enjoyed the collaborative, friendly atmosphere. Book your open mic slot here.