Lovers of western music, especially those who’ve grown up in the ’80s and ’90s, would have certainly revelled while listening to Bryan Adams’s chartbusters like Summer of ’69, I Do It For You, Heaven and Here I Am, among others. The legendary Canadian musician, who is one of the most-revered names in the world of rock and pop music, doesn’t seem to age. Even at 56, he is enthusiastic about cutting albums and releasing books comprising his photography. Adams released his 13th studio album last month, and in an exclusive email interaction, he talks about the record, how keen he is to visit India again (after four years), his presence on social media, and more.
It’s been a while since you last visited India. Do you plan to come here anytime soon?
I really want to come back to India. I have actually wanted to visit the country since a long time. If we can get a promoter there to bring us back, it would be great. I still remember the live concert I did in India. My Indian fans write to me all the time on Facebook, asking when I’m coming back. I wish I could say that it was a ride away, but we need to get a promoter first. I wish someone puts up a petition on Facebook, and people sign it. Then, I can get promoters excited about it. I was invited to perform in India two years ago, and we were all set to come there, but the plan fell apart.
It is really important for artistes to have a social media presence these days. Are you active on any platforms?
Yes, I am very active on Instagram. That is, by far, the most predominant place for me. I also post stuff on to my Facebook page. So, if you visit either of the platforms, you’ll find me.
Listen to You Belong to Me here
How did your album, Get Up!, come together?
I was working with sounds with my colleague, Jim Vallance (popular Canadian musician), for a long time. We have been working together for most of my life, and we have done some songs together. When we started working with a producer called Jeff Lynne, we came together for the album. We never decided that we’ll make an album together. We were just making songs, because we were enjoying making them.
What does this album mean to you?
I think it’s the perfect time to come out with this album, because it’s such a happy and rocking record. I know there’s nothing else out there that sounds like this, so I feel like I am on my own. It feels great.
Helena Bonham Carter (British actor) features in one of your latest singles. How did she come on board?
I had worked with her on some photography assignments in the past, and that’s when we bonded. I asked her if she would be interested in doing a video with me. And she agreed, saying that she would love to do it. That’s how it happened. I think it was good that she came on board, because I needed someone who would transmit the feeling of being left behind in an interesting way. I think she achieved that.
Watch the video here
Your association with Jim Valance has been a long one, and the chemistry between you two seems to be intact even today. Has the equation changed over the years?
We started with nothing. I used to borrow money from him to catch the bus, so I think I owe him alot of bucks there. The first day that we worked together, we wrote a song. Practically, every time we meet, we either complete something, or we start something else. So, it’s a never-ending cycleof creativity. It’s quite inspiring to work with him again. It feels nice to look back on those days with such fondness, and to be able to still be brothers, and enjoy creating music even today.
You are 56 now. If you have to sell your work to an 18-year-old Bryan Adams, how would you convince him to buy your record?
I’d just say, “If you like the guitars and the drums, and if you like loud music that may end up getting you to a rock concert, then this is an album for you.”
We’ve heard that you’re coming up with a new book on photography.
I always like to work on something new, and this book is just another result of my creativity. It’s a collection of abstract photographs.
What are your upcoming projects?
I will go on a tour in January to promote my album. I’ll first visit Spain and Portugal.
Watch a live version of Summer of ‘69 here