I have been a session musician for many years. My regular gig at the moment is playing for Patricia Kaas (17 million records). We’ve just finished a tour of 110 concerts in over 100 cities in 25 countries. Recently I’ve been playing for Dido, and touring/recording with Babyshambles (including their recent Top 10 album, ‘Sequel To The Prequel’, produced by Stephen Street).
Other recent highlights have included being musical director and drummer for Amy Macdonald for many years (over 9 million albums sold. I played on her number 1 album and many number 1 singles), and being a band member of One eskimO.
I have also played and recorded with such artists as Danny Goffey (Supergrass), Gabrielle Aplin, Fionn Regan, Kevin Simm, Duffy, Nitin Sawhney, Rizzle Kicks, Colton Avery, Strawbs, Mark Owen, Judie Tzuke, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Candi Staton, Beverley Knight, Steve Craddock, Pixie Geldof, Tallia Storm, Mayra Andrade, Phildel, Ed Harcourt, Sophie Delila, Paper Crows, Devolution, Jamie N Commons, Boy George (in the West End musical, Taboo), Headspace, Ray Cooper, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Suggs (Madness), Barth, Gareth Gates, Laurence Fox, Alpha Rev, Paul Freeman, Rushmore, J Marie Cooper (The Voice), Bailey Tzuke, Toyah, James Murray, Louise and the Pins, Kristian Leontiou, Tres B, Robert Post, Akayzia Parker and Peter Sarstedt.
With One Eskimo, we toured the US relentlessly for 2 years with gigs including Coachella and the Mile High festival. Following a tidal wave of radio success, One eskimO’s single “Kandi” was named the #1 AAA song of the year by Billboard’s BDS airplay charts, and also won “Song of the Year” at the FMQB Triple A Conference. One eskimO played on the Ellen DeGeneres Show three times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Our iTunes bonus track “Hi Low And In Between” was named one of the “Best Songs Of 2010” by Amazon.com. We toured supporting Tori Amos, Paolo Nutini, Gomez, Faithless, Train, The Script, Lifehouse, Alpha Rev, Colbie Caillat, Bob Schneider, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Tricky, playing in venues such as Radio City in New York, the Chicago Theater and the Greek Theater in LA. With them, I play an unconventional and ever-expanding set-up consisting of a cajon, bass drum, sampler (operated by hands and feet), cymbals, triggers, a melodica, a tambourine and various junk that I’ve accumulated.
Secret Cinema – Back To The Future I was musical director and drummer for Secret Cinema production of Back To The Future, with guest performances from Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand). It ran for a month in London, with 4000 guests per night.
I have also pretended to play drums on telly for Gary Barlow, Rebecca Ferguson, Kelly Osbourne, Girls Aloud, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Delta Goodrem, JC Chasez, Avril Lavigne, Ana Jonsson, A1, Busted, G4, Gabrielle, Hilary Duff and Amy Studt.
What people say about Adam Falkner
“Adam Falkner is the most innovative drummer I have ever worked with.”
Writer/Producer. Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse, Kano, Sugababes, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle.
“Adam is a fantastic person to work with, we have been doing gigs together recently and he’s a great musician. Great musicianship, totally professional and a charming person. He keeps great time and is inventive and sensitive at the same time in playing. Besides being a fantastic musician he also is a lovely personality to spend time with.”
Cellist, arranger/composer, conductor, lecturer. Muse, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, James Blunt, Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Matthews Band.
“I’ve worked with Adam Falkner for many years. He is an excellent drummer, very organised as a musical director and a pleasure to work with.”
Senior A&R Director, Universal Music.
“So good and so fresh that I asked Adam to record for Drumdrops. Original sounds and vibes. Recommended!”
Engineer, Producer and Sample Head at www.drumdrops.com Manu Chao, Hollie Cook, Unkle, Lily Allen and Prince Fatty.