Adam Topol

Adam Topol

Jack Johnson, Culver City Dub Collective, Solo Artist

Prior to releasing records under his own name, Adam Topol built a considerable career for himself playing drums and percussion with Jack Johnson, as well as working with musicians like Joey Santiago, Ziggy Marley, David Gilmour and Jimmy Cliff.

Cuando is his newest full length. A collection of moody folk pop that merges his California indie roots and his passion for Latin rhythms.

Pairing up with musician/producer Matt Costa on Cuando allowed Topol the breathing room to explore these broad musical influences that were beyond the scope of some of his other peers. The two connected over a mutual taste for artists like The Cure, The Dirty Three, PJ Harvey, Spacemen 3 and The Velvet Underground, and within that shared musical language they were able to explore the occasional lyrical and thematic darkness of Topols work while still keeping the songs on the record fully rooted in their natural sweetness and emotional depth

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    I was playing a gig about 18 years ago with Jack Johnson and Merlo Podlewski at a club called Tulagi in Boulder Colorado. The crowd that night was so supportive and it felt like our ideas connected in a special way. We our best "selves" that night and we made people smile. What a gift...
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    The list is too long. Joy Division, the Specials, Elvin Jones, Ed Blackwell, Changuito, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, the Ramones, Tony Allen, James Brown, Zig Modeliste, Fred Below, Lloyd Knibb, Topper Headon, Rat Scabies, Lucky Lehrer, Tony Williams, Philly Joe, Allen Dawson, Al Jackson Jr, Carlton Barrette...I could keep going
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    The 55A sealed the deal. It solved so many issues I was having with drum sticks. I hit the snare with the butt end. Tre Cool told me not to once in Argentina but I couldn't stop. The 55A gave me weight with finesse, even with a style that is naughty