Jim Adams

Jim Adams

Jim Adams (born James Adams December 21, 1967 in La Mesa CA) has had a life long love of music. His first instrument was the clarinet at the age of 9. Listening to Benny Goodman wasn't really working for Jim, so a year later he switched to trumpet.

After two years of study, Jim began to lose interest again. Now at the ripe old age of 12, Jim discovered Kiss...and especially Ace Frehley. Knowing that the next obvious move was to start playing guitar, Jim approached his parents with the idea. After three years, and renting two separate instruments for Jim, his parents were skeptical of this new interest in a third instrument. In order to show his true desire to play the guitar, Jim was told to earn the money himself, and that is exactly what he did.

After working for six months as a newspaper boy, Jim had saved up enough money to rent his first guitar and practice amp set up. The guitar was a Memphis Les Paul copy, chosen to emulate his favorite guitarist Ace Frehley. Thus started Jim's life long love for Gibson guitars.

Jim studied guitar all through high school (rock, classical and jazz). He performed with his high school jazz band, for which he won several awards. While after the school day was over, Jim's music was more focused on progressive rock, and later a return to heavy metal during his senior year.

After his graduation from high school in 1986, Jim auditioned for and won the job as lead guitarist for the up and coming Oakland California thrash metal band Defiance.

Two years past, during which several demos were recorded by Defiance. One of these demos caught the ear of Roadrunner Records in New York. Roadrunner signed Jim and Defiance in 1988, and shipped them off to Vancouver Canada to record their debut album "Product of Society" with Jeff Waters (now of Annihilator fame).

In 1992, Jim decided it was time for a change of scenery, and decided to join an up and coming band from Santa Barbara called Indica (which would later change their name to Ultraspank and record two albums for Sony).

Now, many years later, Jim and Defiance are back together. In August of 2008, Jim signed a recording contract with Candlelight Records. The band is working towards the completion of their first full length album in over 15 years.

In 2009, Defiance completed the full length album for Candlelight Records. Jim is looking forward to getting back out on the road to play live for concert going crowds the world over.


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