by Kenny Kerner

I conducted my phone interview with Dr. Adam Dachman as he was preparing for gall bladder surgery. The patient was being prepped and was waiting for the interview to conclude. I had visions of someone lying on the operating table, Dr. Dachman calling for his scalpel, and an original song blasting into the O.R. Fortunately, it wasn't a life-threatening ailment.

Clearly, this is one of those Passenger Profile interviews that needs to be told by the TAXI member himself. There are twists and turns and lots of surprises, but it all ends the same—TAXI helps yet another member get his music out there!

The History

"My mother was a pianist. She played classical music and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a child prodigy. There was always a piano in the house and I was given piano lessons since the age of five all the way until I was 21 years old. I was always a musician—since I was a child. I always wanted to be the next Keith Emerson. Back in the 70s, Emerson, Lake + Palmer was my favorite group. I loved Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Chick Corea, Elton John, Billy Joel. But Keith Emerson was my model for wanting to compose and do orchestrations.

"I eventually took two years off from college and moved to Chicago and was composing music as Adameus—Your Personal Composer and Pianist. Basically, my business was about catering to a high social class on Chicago's North Shore—people who were very wealthy. I put together compositions for affairs like anniversaries, 50th birthday parties and people would commission my to put together the orchestra, the production and eventually the actual event. My music career was actually snowballing and all of a sudden I got this letter admitting me to medical school which fulfilled my dream of becoming a doctor.

"Somewhere along the way, my mother said to me, 'son, you can be anything you want to be—as long as you're a doctor.' And that's the truth. So I really had to make a lifestyle decision: Was I going to spend my time trying to work my way up in the music world by playing clubs and moving from town to town or, was I going to shoot for something where I could potentially stay home? This was when I was a teenager. And so I decided to become a surgeon. I wanted the stability and prestige of being a doctor. So I chose to be a surgeon. I never regretted it and I never stopped my music"

Where's the Music?

"I always worked on my music. I never stopped. I taught and performed music. I performed when I was a resident. My attending surgeons were very much into the Arts in the Detroit area. One of them was the Director of the Michigan Ballet Company and he really took a liking to my music and had me perform at a number of events where I could be showcased as a pianist."



Why TAXI?

"In 1997, I believe, when Titanic opened, I really got the bug that I wanted to be connected with the film industry in Los Angeles. I contacted Pete Spellman, a career counselor at Berklee, in Boston. His recommendation was for me to network with broader contacts, to try to get myself connected with California, and to steer myself technically towards doing soundtracks.

"So it's taken me this many years to master the many programs I now use for my synchronization compositions for soundtracks like Macintosh, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, the Final Cut Pro and all the rest. So now, my TAXI connection is mostly for films. In fact, it's pretty stupid that I haven't upgraded to Dispatch. That would probably boost my forwards. I'm going to join Dispatch now."

The Deal:

"I went to the TAXI Road Rally in 2001 and I sat in on everything and had a great time. I left one of my CDs in just about everyone's box who was on the panel. About a year later, I got a phone call from Jim Long who lives in Malibu, and is the president of One Music in Nashville. He told me he liked my piano playing and wanted to offer me a contract. And he did! He offered me a 20-song library contract whereby he puts 20 of my songs on a compilation CD and sends it out to supervisors and tries to get them into films. I've made more money doing soundtracks than I have with any other musical form in the past. It's a nice creative opportunity and I can work in my own studio at my own pace. The money I make goes right back into equipment—it's a self-sustaining thing. My vision for the future would be to be able to be doing major stuff for some of the big guys like Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and Randy Newman."

Considering the hours a doctor has to work, Adam would find little time to search for opportunities to get his music heard. Fortunately for him, and for thousands of others, there's TAXI. And now that he's upgrading to TAXI Dispatch, he'll have even more professionals listening to his music!











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