Adam Freeland spins Thursday at Samana Lounge in Vail |

Adam Freeland spins Thursday at Samana Lounge in Vail

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado “-Adam Freeland flew from Malaysia to America Monday, hurrying to make it to an extra-special gig.

The U.K.-based DJ was driving to Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration when he talked to us via cell-phone. He was scheduled to spin that evening at the event in Washington D.C.

“I just felt like I had to be here. It’s a momentous time. What more can I say? I’m stoked to be here,” Freeland said.

Freeland has made a name for himself in breakbeat and electronica DJing as well as composing his own original music. He said he’s drawn to the tempo and energy of the breakbeat and techno genre. He brings that energy to Samana Lounge in Vail Thursday night.

“I saw him at Coachella this year and his set was great. The crowd was very into it. (It was) kind of a mix of electro and break beat, just some pretty progressive music,” said Peter Blick, resident DJ and promoter for Samana Lounge.

Freeland got his start as a DJ because of a passion for clubbing.

“I was in London as a student and I was just going out five days a week at night clubs and my roommate had turntables and I just kind of got into mixing, (and) caught the bug,” Freeland said.

Hearing many of the DJs around at the time led him to believe he could do better, he said.

“People are very linear in their tastes, they play one very specific sound and I was like ‘ahhhh, I just can’t hear one thing all night long,'” Freeland said.

But staying fresh and getting noticed in a world crammed full of DJs who are also desperately trying to get noticed is no easy task. Although Freeland has been at it for more than a decade now, that doesn’t mean he has to work any less to keep up on the ever-shifting world of music, he said.

There are a wide array of artists who have influenced Freeland’s ear over the course of his life ” Jimi Hendrix, The Beastie Boys, Led Zeppelin, My Bloody Valentine and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, to name a few. Freeland said he tries to keep his ear to the ground to discover new music.

He’s about to release a new album in April that he recorded with a band. The album, called “Cope,” will feature guest spots by heavy hitters like Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee on drums and Joey Santiago of the Pixies on guitar.

“I’m just passionate about the music and I think I have a thirst for the fresh stuff,” Freeland said. “I don’t sit on one sound … I guess I’m always hunting for the freshest thing. If you spend your whole life touring and playing records you need to keep yourself inspired. If I played the same old s— every weekend, I wouldn’t enjoy what I do.”

High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or

What: DJ Adam Freeland.

When: Thursday night at 9 p.m.

Where: Samana Lounge in Vail.

Cost: $15.

More information: Call 970-476-3433 or visit

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