Earlier this year Australian country music star Adam Brand marked his 20 years in the music industry with the album Milestones … 20 Years, a collection of hits and fan favourites from those two decades, as well as two new songs. Adam has taken those milestones on the road, and is currently touring the country. I spoke to him in between shows.
Your tour’s only just started.
Well, it’s kind of started. The album just came out but I actually started doing these Milestones shows back in May because I figured it’s not just about the album this year, it’s about the year, the whole year of just the anniversary year, so I started earlier.
Speaking of your anniversary, now 20 years as a performer, I am wondering how that’s possible when you still look 25.
You’re too kind. It might be called Photoshop, it might be called bad eyesight on your part, it might be called, I don’t know [laughs].
But it really seems not possible because obviously you’ve had a long career but 20 years sounds like a very long time when you still are a young man actually.
Sometimes I sort of think about it myself and I go, Wow, where did that go? or Can that really be true? Can it be that long? It’s been an amazing ride and not only that, I started late, I was a late starter.
I don’t believe that.
My first album didn’t come out until I was 28 – [for] a lot of people [it’s] in the early 20s or even teens.
Do you think that was an advantage starting later, because you knew you really wanted it by that age, it wasn’t just a laugh or anything like that?
Yeah, I’d already done an apprenticeship. We had a couple of little business things and worked with different people and travelled a bit, so when I made that decision and thought, Now I want to try this, I went into it without just stars in my eyes, I went into there thinking, Okay, I’m going to have a go at this, I’m going to really, really put everything I’ve got into it, rather than just spinning the lottery wheel.
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