Musician and DJ Adam Ficek is most commonly known to the general public for his day-job as drummer in notorious British rock act Babyshambles. As a member of the band fronted by Pete Doherty, the most talked- and written-about rock star of our time, Adam has seen the best and worst of life at the casualty-laden core of the music industry. What many people don't know is that he is a blistering artistic talent in his own right.
Adam was born in Bletchley, Milton Keynes. “It's an odd satellite suburban juxtaposition of a place,” he says. “It doesn't quite know whether it's farmland or city. I think due to it being built as the main overflow for the London spill, the residents are left wondering where they fit in – or maybe that was just me.” The estate he grew up on was notorious for housing the largest number of convicted criminals in the capital. “We lived on the edge of the city, so on one side we had acres of fields, trees and green. On the other we had sixties architecture, housing estates, and lots of grey. Although I love both equally.”
Over the years he amassed an impressive repertoire of musical skills, and plays the guitar, piano, vibraphone, accordion, flute, trumpet, harmonica, tin whistle, recorder, and – of course – drums. “All the hitting stuff.”
He knew Babyshambles' former manager James Mullord and ex-guitarist Patrick Walden from the time the three spent together in and around London's Old Street area. Both told Adam that they had a shared dream of him joining the band. “What else was I supposed to do?” Much of what followed (the albums, the gigs, the arrests, the tabloid scandals, the burnouts and triumphs and tragedies) is already modern pop history.
Roses Kings Castles is the moniker under which Adam performs and records his own unique catalogue of quixotic, chiming, and blissfully astute acoustic pop songs. Lost somewhere between Belle & Sebastian's pastoral warmth and the hallucinatory six-string invocations of Syd Barrett, a typical Roses Kings Castles track is buoyed by the finest elements of classic British songwriting; by turns wry, beautiful, and bizarre.
Originally conceived as an outlet for Adam's “need to create my own ideas when Babyshambles were on holiday,” Roses Kings Castles quickly became something more than a means of occupying himself whilst on hiatus. “I continually write, whether it's big band arrangements, electro riffs or folk-pop songs. I just needed an avenue to walk down.” Biography from the official website Roses Kings Castles
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Adam Steven Ficek est un musicien britannique. Auteur-compositeur-interprète et multi-instrumentaliste (guitare, piano, vibraphone, accordéon, flûte, harmonica et batterie), batteur du groupe Babyshambles, DJ, il travaille également sur un projet solo intitulé Roses Kings Castles. Adam a été enseignant de batterie dans des écoles du Hertfordshire. Après avoir participé aux enregistrements des groupes musicaux Mains Ignition et White Sport ainsi qu'à deux albums de jazz, il rejoint les Babyshambles en 2005 après le départ de Gemma Clarke. Adam relate également ses hauts et ses bas par le biais de son blog, où il donne un aperçu de l'industrie de la musique.Adam a donné naissance au projet solo Roses Kings Castles lors de tournées avec les Babyshambles Après la sortie de chansons sur internet via son site sur MySpace, Adam sort son premier single, Sparkling Bootz, en avril 2008. Par la suite, il sort, le 22 septembre 2008, l'album Roses Kings Castles. La première tournée de Roses Kings Castles est passée par 19 villes à travers le Royaume-Uni en janvier 2009. Le deuxième album, enregistré en février 2009, est sorti en mars de la même année, sous forme de cassettes en édition limitée, accompagné d'une tournée européenne. Un prochain EP de 4 titres verra le jour en août 2009, intitulé "Apples & Engines".