I’m Adam Marsland.
I was born in Greene, New York.
I moved to Los Angeles, California when I was 21 to seek my fortune as a musician. For nearly 30 years I had an interesting career on the margins of the music world, from founding a punk-pop band called Cockeyed Ghost (“I just disappear” is the refrain to one of our more popular songs), to years criss-crossing the U.S. as a DIY solo troubadour, and finally as a producer and engineer. As a singer/songwriter I officially released 11 albums between 1994 and 2017. Add in unofficial releases and work I’ve produced for other artists, I’ve made about 30 albums. If you add in work as a session musician, I’ve contributed to about 60 albums over the years. Performing-wise, I racked up about 2,000 shows in 42 states plus a few other countries.
I never got particularly famous, and missed out on a few things here and there by being a little too independent, but I got to live out all my dreams and unlike most musicians, was able to do pretty much whatever I wanted to do. Though most of the people I’ve worked with you’ve probably never heard of, I’ve also crossed paths and worked with some famous people over the years. It’s too long of a list, and too casual a working relationship, to list here without it coming off as name-dropping. There came a point a few years ago when I no longer cared much about impressing anybody. That, a feeling of personal stagnation, and a certain election all were an impetus to shifting my focus from being in a recording studio to traveling the world.
I’ve always had wanderlust and an interest in what’s just over the next hill — whether it’s following the path of an abandoned road, trying to unravel an unsolved mystery, or forging a new musical path. This blog tries to unify all those interests in hopefully a new and interesting way.