Adam Tinley began making music from a young age – forming a punk band aged just 11, before getting heavily into the two-tone scene as a teenager. By the mid 1980s he’d discovered the 909 (“my drum machine of choice” he recalls), before visiting Ibiza in 1988 and being blown away by the Balearic sets spun by DJs Alfredo and Pippi. It was then that the artist Adamski was born. Inspired and schooled on an Ensoniq SQ80 synthesiser-sequencer by Chicago musician Jimi Polo, he began plagiarising punk rock basslines, playing them into his sequencer, and along with some other equipment geared up for his first solo gig as Adamski.
In March of 1989 Adamski was booked for his first solo gig in Kentish Town. To draw attention to the after-hours event, his manager projected space images onto the wall of the McDonald’s opposite. “This promoter from Heaven happened to be walking past… came in to investigate, and my manager convinced him to put me on at this all-dayer at Heaven on the Sunday afternoon.” Bookings started flying in and within a few weeks Adamski was playing to 8,000 people at Sunrise at Santa Pod racecourse and, after a bidding war, signed to MCA Records.
Adamski released squiggly acid piano shuffler ‘N-R-G’, achieved his childhood ambition of getting onto Top Of The Pops, and put out the ‘Live & Direct’ album that cobbled together bits and bobs of live recordings from raves. During his set at Sunrise Festival, the then unknown Seal gave a demo tape to Adamski’s flatmate at the time, MC Daddy Chester. Upon hearing Seal’s voice, Adam offered some instrumentals to Seal who chose what turned out to be ‘Killer’. The track shot to No.1 in The UK in May 1990, remaining at the top of the charts for one month, and earning Gold certification. It was also a smash all across Europe and in the US.
As ‘Killer’ was recorded too late for Adamski’s first album, the record company persuaded Adam to rapidly record a follow-up album. Decanting to LA the day after a triumphant Glastonbury performance on the Pyramid Stage, he ended up with ‘Dr Adamski’s Musical Pharmacy’, which he followed with his third album ‘Naughty’, in 1991.
After several years of focusing on DJing around Europe, in 2009 Adamski returned to the UK to work on his Futurewaltz project. Having become fascinated with the history of the waltz and its social and cultural significance, he began creating electronic music inspired by this movement, recruiting collaborators such as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Bam (Jungle Brothers), David McAlmont, Bishi, Congo Natty, Asia Argento, Rowdy SS and more. The album ‘Revolt’ was released in 2015, and included a limited edition vinyl box set.