Adam Smetana is goes by the name Atem S when he is in his musical realm. Atem S is part of his last name backwards. He does vocals, synths, and guitar. The multi talented artiste has once again dropped a new song under the moniker Ride and Die.
Ride and Die is the LGBTQ+ community’s anthem about breaking free. The song’s lyrics depict a character who struggles to fit in and wanders the streets at night in search of the acceptance we all so desperately seek in order to find those who will be his “Ride and Die” for life.
Atem S in an interview with Mister Styx Of Musicarenagh delved deeper into his personal life and also shared what his musical journey has been like
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Atem S is part of my last name backwards. I thought it was funny that it sounded like my first name and last initial which is Adam S.
Where do you find inspiration?
Through cinema, TV, traveling, and late night adventures.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
It was one of the only things I really cared about in the world. Listening to records, reading music-related books, watching Behind the Music on VH1….this was better than anything I was learning in school.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
I grew up exposed to art and music more than most of my peers. While most of my family isn’t artistic, they are real appreciaters of the arts.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Online communities like Instagram, TikTok and Discord were really encouraging. I was sick of just being a fan, I wanted to make things of my own.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Most of it is self-taught. I took guitar and piano as a kid which was enough for me to be able to play guitar in an intermediate way, but many aspects of music talent can be learned by studying and absorbing everything you possibly can.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Rod Stewart in 1998. He had a curtain drop at the start of the show, kicked soccer balls, and performed one of the greatest shows ever.
How could you describe your music?
Energetic, mesmerizing, synth-pop rooted in nostalgia but with a modern twist.
Describe your creative process.
I sing ideas into my phone and then try to recreate the melody on a synth and expand upon it. Lyrics usually come later as I listen to the instrumental track over and over.
What is your main inspiration?
Nighttime. It’s such a magical yet mysterious part of the day, but it’s where the best memories of life happen.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Rod Stewart, Charli XCX, and St Vincent. They all shape-shift and constantly change the kind of music they make, yet also are very much individuals who command the stage and their work.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I think I’m starting to evolve a little right now. I’m looking forward and seeing a different path than I saw before as I started this project 2 years ago.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Nobody really, life is competitive enough as it is.
What are your interests outside of music?
I’m obsessed with TV, fitness, going to new cities just to try their cocktails, and turtles.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
A lot of people trying to scam and take advantage of others. It’s very obvious but I understand new artists falling it for it because you might think it will give you a leg up.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’m working on a batch of new songs this winter. I like to get a couple of songs done at a time so I can release them sporadically as I wish.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
You’re hot and you can do anything so go for a ride, party hard enough, and lift off.