Adam Deitch began his musical odyssey at birth, being born to two Berklee college of music drummers who also played an array of instruments and sang. Surrounded by his parents eclectic musical friends and band members, Adam, through osmosis, began to absorb all the knowledge that was being passed on to him from his environment. He began playing a full drumset by age 3 and began performing with his parents at local elementary schools by age 5.
After studying piano, alto sax, music production, bass, guitar and of course the drums, Adam started a number of musical projects\bands in his hometown of Nyack NY, as well as immersing himself in the local Baptist Gospel scene as a drummer during his junior high and high school years. These experiences prepared him for his short tenure at Berklee College of music in Boston Mass.where he met countless brilliant professors and students who molded him into a more seasoned, and all around musician.
Leaving Berklee after a year, Adams’ Hip Hop band Fat Bag found great success in the northeast and he learned much about the music industry as they were signed to Interscope records for a development deal. When the deal stalled, Adam left the band to join the world renowned soul funk group Average White Band (AWB) and toured the world with them for 3 years as well recording a live DVD in LA. Getting to meet and learn from watching artists like AWB, Chaka Khan, Tower of Power and Earth Wind and Fire first hand at age 24 was extremely inspiring for him.
Adams next venture was with Jazz rock legend John Scofield whom he toured the globe with and co wrote 3 albums with (Uberjam, Up All Night, and Uberjam Deux) one of them (Uberjam) being nominated for a Grammy. Scofield helped Adam become acquainted with the jazz community, playing almost every Jazz Festival on earth for 3 years.
Adam continued his wide musical landscape by joining Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean and platinum producer Jerry Wonder shortly after. This brought Adam to work closely with HipHop legends like Lauren Hill, DJ Quik, Akon, Estelle and pop star Shakira.
After touring extensively with these groundbreaking artists, Adam decided to concentrate on his original projects, Funk supergroup Lettuce and EDM powerhouse Break Science. While taking some time in between the extensive touring and recording of these bands, Adam managed to find time to do occasional international drum clinic tours for Tama drums and Zildjian Cymbals, perform at the Modern Drummer Festival as a featured clinician as well as tour with hugely successful artists such as EDM giant Pretty Lights and DRK WAV featuring keyboard icon John Medeski.
Adam has also participated in many “superjams” with artists such as guitar god Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno of Soulive, Soul icon William Bell, Funk legends George Porter jr and Leo Nocentelli of the Meters, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley of James Brown fame and recently
very high profile sets with R&B Legend, Chaka Khan as well as Hip Hop luminary Ghost Face Killah of the WU Tang clan.
Adam also has produced tracks for a number of Hip Hop legends in his extremely scarce free time such as Talib Kweli, 50 Cent, and Pharoahe Monch and has launched his new label “Golden Wolf records” this year to showcase his evolved music production skills.
Adam endorses Tama Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vater Sticks and Evans heads.
Exploring + Creating Funk Beats: Lettuce, Scofield, and Beyond
Date & Location
Tama, Zildjian Company, Evans Drumheads, Vater Percussion