Adam Friedman Talks 'The Bachelor,' Writing With Mike Posner & Fake Trump Tweet

Adam Friedman
Tynan Daniels

Adam Friedman

The singer-songwriter has also been featured as an Elvis Duran Artist of the Month.

Boasting key syncs and connections, singer-songwriter Adam Friedman is making his way in the world of pop music.

The Los Angeles-based Friedman attended from Boston's Berklee College of Music, and his song "Glorious" was featured as the theme song for the movie Rock Dog (released in 2016), which gained the attention of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mike Posner. The two subsequently co-wrote and co-produced three tracks on Posner's 2016 album At Night, Alone.

Friedman has since toured the U.S. with his band, and been featured on NBC's Today as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month last June.

Most recently, Friedman performed his song "What If" on the Valentine's Eve episode of ABC's The Bachelor. Also in February, he released his debut EP, Green, which bowed at No. 14 on the Heatseekers Albums chart (dated March 4, 2017). Green features the song "Lemonade," which Friedman co-wrote with Posner.

Billboard chatted with Friedman to get the inside scoop about his friendship and working relationship with Posner, his plans for the future and … Donald Trump tweeting about him?

So, first things first: A Donald Trump tweet, sort of, went around the Internet after your performance on The Bachelor. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

I actually have a funny story about that. That was not the actual Donald Trump; that was my roommate joking around. He's really good at Photoshop, so we were like, "Let's just do it and see what happens!"

So many people believed it, and what I find most funny about that is that it's pretty easy to believe that [Trump] would do something like that. What I should have said -- but it would've been a lie, and I'm not a liar -- is that he actually did that, and then I should've tried to get the tweet blown up as much as possible.

But, it was just a joke between me and my friends, and everyone else kind of believed it. Cat's out of the bag. We can end the interview now.

How else has the Internet helped spread your music?

I was featured on Spotify's New Music Friday [with my single "Pretty Things"], and then it [charted] on the Spotify Viral 50 -- which means that, not only was I placed on a Spotify-curated playlist, but people are actually responding to and interacting with my music. They're tweeting it out, they're Instagramming, they're sharing on Facebook.

To me, it was a wonderful indicator that people are actually reacting to my music. That not only fueled the fire for me to work harder, but it was real validation that my peers like my music.

Are you seeking a label deal?

I've been writing songs since I was 9, I'm 26 now, and I've been doing the artist thing for a little over a year, so I'm really proud to be at the point where I am. I'm still independent, but my manager, Max Snow … so much of [my career] is his vision. He is one of the most incredible people I've ever worked with. He works around the clock. He sacrifices his own life and his own well-being for me.

What we've been able to accomplish on our own has been incredible. We have a wonderful relationship with Spotify. Without Spotify, I don't think I would have an artist career at this point. They have been extremely supportive.

What are your immediate plans?

This past year was about laying the foundation for my solo work, building these relationships, getting these sponsorships, and working with Max. So, moving forward, I'm very excited. I just want to perform as much as possible, do as many TV appearances as possible, write with as many people as possible.

Now, it's just about doing the actual artist work and not as much about doing the behind-the-scenes work. I'm diving in now. The music that I'm working on now, I'm hoping will go on [my first full-length] album. I'm not sure when it's coming out yet, but it's been a non-stop process. I'm constantly writing and producing.

What has the process of writing and working with Mike Posner been like?

One of my songs, "Glorious," became the theme song of the movie Rock Dog, and my publisher showed that song to him. Mike heard it and said, "Hey, I want to meet this kid."

When I met him, I felt like we were on the same wavelength, and he had such good vibes. So, we started working on his album. We've been working together for a little over three years now. He has not only been a mentor and brother, but he has been somebody who has believed in me, continuously, not just when things were good. He has consistently believed in what I'm doing.

Not to say that he likes all of my songs, because he doesn't, but he's been a huge supporter of my artist career. He's helped me realize that I have potential. He is someone who rejuvenated the youthful essence of my life, in a way. He gave me that childlike magic that I had when I was learning guitar in my room when I was 10 years old.

Have you encountered any notable struggles so far?

Sophomore year of college at Berklee, I was super depressed, and I think one of the biggest reasons for that was that I was envious of what other people had. I got lost in how good other people were, and it sidetracked me from doing my own thing. I really had a hard time believing in myself. It's very shameful to admit, but now, looking back, it's a part of my past and part of the truth and honest essence of where I'm at today. I was trying to boil my life down to the basics: Why am I so depressed? Why am I so out of it? Why am I not creating as much?

So on this "life diet," as I call it, I figure, if I just work on my music every day, and I stay healthy every day, and I do something positive every day, there's no reason why I can't improve.

What's your overall career outlook right now?

I'm currently in Venice (California), working on new Mike Posner music and new Adam Friedman music. It's a beautiful, sunny southern California day. We just had a straight week of rain, but today I looked out my window and there are blue skies, so that's how I feel about my career.


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