For Adam Taylor, this moment has perhaps been a long time coming. But he's still not quite sure how to sum up the feeling of releasing his debut EP.
The English singer, who performs as ADMT, on Friday released his first proper project, a six-song collection dubbed Lost. For those following along, the up-and-comer has been a favorite for a while, as Variance premiered a special acoustic rendition of his standout single "Dream" back in early 2020.
Ahead of the new EP's release, we caught up with Taylor via Zoom, discussing the new music and having to "lose yourself to find yourself," explaining the project's origins.
"With this [new material] especially, I feel like I always get impostor syndrome quite badly," he explains. "Sometimes I'm like, you shouldn't be doing this. People don't want to hear it."
But he's quick to add a very necessary disclaimer. "I've actually got nothing to compare it to really," he says with a laugh. "I could look at other artists, but I really, really try not to do that, because everyone's trajectory is different. But it felt like the right time to release this EP."
Taylor says he's learned in his short career thus far to go with his gut, and try not to question too many things. In fact, that's how he explains his humorous surprise cameo singing "Last Christmas" on the oddball Christmas episode of the second season of Ted Lasso.
The singer says his publicist put him in touch with someone connected to the show and the rest is history.
"She knew somebody and it just turned out to be one of those magical things that I will never forget," he recalls enthusiastically. "Sometimes life just blesses you. And it was certainly one of those moments that gives my life seasoning," he notes with a chuckle.
"I don't think the show was as big here [in the U.K.] at the time," he says, "But by the time it came out, it was massive. I didn't have Apple TV at the time, so I didn't even know about it. Everyone on the show was amazing. And it was funny because we were in London a few weeks ago doing some writing sessions and I walked past this place where they were filming something and somebody ran over to me and hugged me...they were filming again [for season 3]. They're all just genuinely lovely people."
He quips: "I don't think I'll ever do a Christmas song again. But never say never!"
Despite the big guest appearance, Taylor says he's keenly aware of the reality of trying to break out in such a brutal industry, one which has taken a significant hit during the pandemic, as music production has been reshuffled and live events are still trying to recover from two years of shutdowns and postponements.
"The struggle is always there," he admits. "But especially now because I quit my actual job, so it's very real. I feel like I have been blessed, and I am making a living, to an extent. The Ted Lasso thing helps. It's exposure, and there have been opportunities that came out of it."
As for what comes next, Taylor says he's trying to let things happen instead of forcing them to happen.
"I think when it happens, that's when it's supposed to happen," he says. "I want to keep telling stories. I want to keep making music. It's tricky because I don't know exactly what happens next. You can plan for it, but it doesn't always go according to plan. You just have to roll with it. That's what I'm doing."■