After reading the press release about two of the leading forces in the queer underground music scene joining forces to release the first single from Zach Adam’s new LGBTQ music label, “Magic Town Media,” I was interested to learn more about these two.
The moment I heard their new song, I was touched, emotional and saddened by the struggles we all face in life. I’m a product of a bipolar mother and understand the turmoil a person can go through. I also suffer from extreme depression, and as an African-American gay male in this country, it makes it even worse.
Their new single “Gravity” addresses depression and suicide which is why I had to catch up with these two and chat since it’s a topic that is often swept under the rug and ignored. In fact, LGBTQ individuals are almost three times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. (NAMI).
The courage it takes to kick off your label with such a moving project speaks volumes especially when the LGBT community is suffering. LGB youth are more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. In the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey 43% of LGB students reported seriously trying suicide vs. 15% of heterosexual students. 29% of LGB students had attempted suicide at least once vs. 6% of heterosexual students. (CDC)
Zach Adam and Adam Joseph have had experience with depression and suicide, both personally and through people they love. Says Zach, “We’re artists. We feel things deeply and have had to go through the motions. I’m hoping this song, and its music video sparks a conversation about suicide and helps to bring it out of the dark because change will only happen when the stigma loses its power.”
“It has taken me years to work through my serious battle with addiction and depression,” reveals Joseph. “It is something I am still fighting today and will likely continue to do so for the rest of my life. It’s not a feeling one can ever completely get over, and that is why songs like ‘Gravity’ are essential. They are tools of encouragement that help people like me by reminding us to keep moving forward.”
“Gravity” is the first to come along that Adam Joseph thought was right for him to sing on. “Not only was it the perfect song for my register, but it also had a message I could connect with,” he says. “With so many crises plaguing us from the opioid epidemic, teen bullying, trans rights, soldiers suffering PTSD…I think the world needs ‘Gravity’ right now. It’s another gentle reminder that no one is alone in their struggle and that we must recognize our obstacles to overcome them.”
To switch gears, I wanted to find out more about their music backgrounds, and I found out so much more about them.
Adam Joseph is an award-winning vocalist, producer, recording engineer, and songwriter. He has released two solo albums and has been a featured vocalist on songs with Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Bob Sinclar, Wet Fingers, Plastik Funk, and Lem Springsteen of Mood II Swing. He has been remixed by Bass Jackers, David Jones, and Deeplomatik. Joseph has also written songs for #1 Billboard artists Inaya Day and Lea Lorien, among others. His latest viral smash, “Linda Evangelista,” featuring Aja from RuPaul’s Drag Race was featured on the reunion special of the popular Vh1 show. Adam Joseph has been featured in Billboard, OUT and Paper magazines, as well as The Village Voice, The LA Times and CNN.
Zach Adam, too, wears many hats. He is an international songwriter, producer, instrumentalist, singer, photographer, director and music video producer. He’s the winner of the Billboard Pop Songwriting Award, Composer and Song Of The Year Awards, and has had 17 number 1 hits in Asia and Europe as well as five Top 15 American Billboard hits. Zach has had success working in various genres with artists from Martha Wash, The First Ladies Of Disco, XELLE and Offer Nissim among many others. His most recent Billboard hit was “Light Beams” featuring Rony G.
When Adam told me that Zach worked with one of my favorite groups XELLE, I almost lost my mind. “Zach and I started writing together a few years ago when I was still living in NYC,” explains Adam Joseph. “I was a fan of the work he was doing with the group XELLE. He reminded me of myself except way better at everything. We started chatting online, then got together and clicked fast from that first writing session.”
In addition to the radio version, Magic Town Media is releasing a remix package for “Gravity” featuring dance versions of the song by DJ Pacifico, GSP, Max Grandon, Melodika, Angelino Loren, Pumpkin Spice, Thiago and Adam Joseph.
The accompanying music video was directed by Zach Adam and shot in New York. Adam Joseph flew in from Los Angeles, and he and Zach shot it in two days. “I will never forget how unhappy I was putting my face on that Brooklyn sidewalk,” Joseph admits. “Just imagining how many dirty shoes and dogs that cement had seen before me was very unsettling but I sucked it up and did what I had to do.”
“It was just one more thing that proved this multi-talented guy could do it all,” laughs Zach. “Adam’s voice and energy shine brilliantly in ‘Gravity,’ and I’m happy we did this together.”
Adam and Zach make me hopeful. As I told Zach via Instagram, “Positivity placed in the universe does good things for the world even though we might personally witness it.” I am one of those individuals who suffers from depression, anxiety and grew up with a bipolar parent. I can say, they touched me and gave me hope with their song, “Gravity.”