6AM Guest Mix: Adam Kaase

Guest Mix Adam Kaase
Author : Daisy Magana
November 20, 2020

6AM Guest Mix: Adam Kaase

DJ and producer Adam Kaase first started his journey in the electronic music industry five years ago, and he’s already earned the respect of labels, his peers and has attracted a global audience. Check out the 6AM Guest Mix with Adam Kaase and his interview to learn about his musical influences and his sources of motivation, especially this year. He also shows you don’t need to drop big bucks to become a better artist and share how he’s improved with what’s been at his grasp.

It’s very inspiring to see how we can all adapt to situations we didn’t expect to be facing.

Adam Kaase comments on COVID-19

Hi, and thank you so much for taking the time to chat with 6AM. 2020 has turned our world upside down, to say the least. What have you liked about the new change of pace in the last few months? Any positives come out of this for you?

Hello! Thank you so much for having me on this great platform. It’s a big pleasure to chat a little bit with you guys.

Yes, indeed, 2020 has shown how fragile and how quickly everything can change within our lives.  Everything seems always so far away but this time it hit all of us. However, it’s very inspiring to see how we can all adapt to situations we didn’t expect to be facing. We must all be better humans to honor those who lost their lives in this tragic situation.

Personally, I took the time to reflect on my goals, on my skills and try to take the appropriate time to work on my craft. I spent a lot of time producing, not necessarily towards a specific goal but just to maintain a routine as an artist who felt lost for some time. Thankfully, I was able to produce the tracks that got me here today: “Serenade,” “Vangelis,” and many more.

Can you remember the artist, record or moment that inspired you to get into this line of work? 

I personally do not think much about what I will be making when I work. It’s a way of life for me. Everything I go through, I express it in my music. However, when I arrived in Barcelona in 2016, I started SAE Barcelona and met Julio Navas who’s been a great deal of support and inspiration. I am passionate about mixing. I just feel that it’s the core of the identity of an artist. He taught me so many things that were always there but I didn’t have the eyes to see. I still feel I have so much more work to be done, but it’s immense happiness for me to have people interested in my work. It validated six years of dedication and sacrifices.

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After six months of working, I signed my first record. I think what truly helped was resilience. I was not afraid of making mistakes and not afraid of people pointing them at me. We can only truly learn from our mistakes.

Hardwork and fearlessness pays off, Adam Kaase sticks to his path

Was your family supportive of you following a creative career when you first started out or did they want a more “traditional” career path? 

Definitely not. Everything was going toward a traditional career path when I introduced them to my [desire] to work with music. There were the big worries which I do believe are very justified. I can see it today with every life choice that there is a path to be taken and an effort to be made. I had to prove myself to them. At one point, I had almost every single person around me discredit my efforts and [didn’t] believe I had the capacity to make music.

My self-belief however never got touched and never will be. I kept progressing a bit every day and worked as hard as I could. During that time, I was able to get a Masters in Business Administration which I do believe today is a key attribute that has helped me make more efficient choices towards a better career.

You started off as a DJ first then got into production, right? After six months of spending time in the studio, you saw you gave birth to your first production. What do you think helped?  

Actually, I only started to DJ recently.  My main goal was always to be the best artist I can be in regards to creating an art-form, I was hooked on production from day one. Indeed, after six months of working, I signed my first record. I think what truly helped was resilience. I was not afraid of making mistakes and not afraid of people pointing them at me. We can only truly learn from our mistakes.

Additionally, I never had extensive financial resources to be able to invest in and the only thing I was able to do was to train my ears to understand how a track works. I would spend hours and hours referencing professional work until I could understand every bit of a Pro track (fullness, balance, deepness, separation…) and looked for ways to apply it to my work but at the time there were still so many questions unanswered.

 

I think my biggest setback was never finding the right moment to finish a track. It’s during those last moments that a track can truly be revealed and go to the next level. […] I know approximately how many hours I need to produce a releasable track. When I reach that threshold, I generally know it’s time to wrap up.

Adam Kaase dives into his creative process

 

As you’ve grown in your journey, what’s one thing you “feared” doing, and now looking back, you can say you’ve overcome?

I think my biggest setback was never finding the right moment to finish a track. It’s during those last moments that a track can truly be revealed and go to the next level. I believe that I had the self-confidence to showcase my work and kept trying and trying to change characteristics until it became counterproductive and even pejoratively made the track worse. I don’t think I fully overcame this characteristic of mine, but I found a way around it. I know approximately how many hours I need to produce a releasable track. When I reach that threshold, I generally know it’s time to wrap up.

You prepared a little guest mix for us. What can people expect and did you have anything in mind as you were making it?

Yes. I thought about showcasing my identity as an artist. Music for me is everything, so I prepared a guest mix with mostly new original work that I have been working on. I hope [listeners can] get a little understanding of who I am as an artist (one that I am always looking to evolve).

The biggest fight you can have is with your ego, especially in our [industry]. It can [get] blow[n] out of proportion. I always try to stay very humble and accept any type of advice or criticism (when it’s well-intended, of course).

Adam Kaase shares one of his biggest lessons he’s learned as an artist

Let’s say you’re stuck on a project, what usually works for you to get back on track (no pun intended)?

I usually keep referencing and try to be very systemic on why I’m stuck on the project. Is it because of the mix? Arrangement? Vocals? Once I figure out where the issue might be, I reference it with a spectrum analyzer that generally indicates more or less the range that I need to be working on.

And most importantly: breaks. Our ears are organic and they get tired very easily. It is extremely important for me to take breaks from projects so that I can be consistent when I try to fix them.

Guest Mix Adam Kaase

6AM Guest Mix: Adam Kaase

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as an artist so far?

The biggest fight you can have is with your ego, especially in our [industry]. It can [get] blow[n] out of proportion. I always try to stay very humble and accept any type of advice or criticism (when it’s well-intended, of course).

Any producers you’d like to work with in the future?

I don’t have anyone in mind in specific, but it would be a huge pleasure to work with any artists out there, I believe it to be a very enriching experience for both parties.

Anything else you want to share?
I just want to thank you guys for the time. I also would like to give a special thanks to Julio Navas and Daniel Rodriguez. Both have been a great deal of help in showcasing me to the public. I’m very grateful to them.

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