It was a performance at an Oxfordshire teen venue that cemented Adam Barnes’ love for music.
And this week the Oxfordshire-based singer songwriter released his latest album Vacancy At Nasa.
It comes as Adam prepares to go out on the road to promote the album, which includes the track Electron – released late last year.
This month he has three dates in the diary, St Pancras Old Church, London, Paradiso, Amsterdam, and the Baumhaus Bar, in Berlin.
Ahead of the album release, Adam, 25, said: “No-one in my family is musical so I’m not sure where the music thing happened.”
But he does remember as a school boy watching a live gig and thinking “I would love to form a band and play gigs.”
A few years later he and a friend did just that, and after a performance at Sweatshop, in Wantage, Adam’s realised his future was crystal clear, he said: “This is the thing I want to do”.
Space themed Vacancy At Nasa is an independent release, former St Birinus School, Didcot, pupil Adam said: “With the music industry now it’s so easy to reach people via the internet. People find your music on Spotify – you can do everything yourself, it’s got more benefits and you are not giving away a chunk of your work.
“It was a decision I made two or three years ago to be completely independent.”
He started writing the album in 2016 and finished it last year – and describes his style as “melancholic and uplifting folk music”.
Vacancy At Nasa was produced by Sam Winfield, who worked with Amber Run and Fickle Friends.
Since the release of his debut album The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath and recent EP One Day We’ll Be Fine, Adam has garnered more than seven million Spotify plays to date.
Previously Adam has toured with the likes of Pete Doherty, William Fitzsimmons and last week appeared at Oxford’s St Barnabus Church with Courtney Marie Andrews.