Adi Oasis: Low Glow

Her latest album showcases her inspired new stylistic identity with a whole bag of grooves to match

Adi Oasis: Low Glow

Her latest album showcases her inspired new stylistic identity with a whole bag of grooves to match

Photo by Clément DezelusAdi Oasis has gone through a transformation. Not in the casual sense of attending a meditation retreat or changing to a drastic new hairstyle; this metamorphosis for the French-Caribbean-turned-New Yorker became all-encompassing. It started with her name: She was born Adeline (“Ad-eh-leen”), but I accidentally stumbled upon the main reason for her moniker shift when I asked why she departed from “Ad-eh-line.” “You kind of just answered the question right there,” she laughed. “Being an immigrant from France, it was hard to teach people the pronunciation of my name, and I wasn’t finding myself whenever people would talk to me. I wasn't excited to see my name in places, and that's not okay. Adi Oasis feels right and like a true representation of my spirit and sound.” Her next change came about when she began writing her latest album, Lotus Glow. Taking on production duties and enlisting a band that she trusted in guitarist Jaleel Bunton and drummer Caito Sanchez, Adi was ready to define her own style and step away from the supporting role. On the bass front, this meant silky grooves laced with envelope-filter funk over shades of neo-soul and vintage R&B. Songs like “Get It Got It,” “Serena,” and “Sidonie” cop throwback Motown feels with backbeat grooves. “Naked,” “Bird Machine,” and “Adonis” embrace more modern feels, but like the entire album, they are all centered around Adi’s soulful vocals and bass. Adi with Lenny Kravitz  With a new name and new music, her progression continued and pieces began to fall into place. After the album’s release, she was asked to perform bass with Lenny Kravitz at the iHeart Radio Awards, she announced that she is pregnant with her first child, and she set off for a world tour in support of Lotus Glow. Poised for the big year ahead and riding the wave of her rebirth, Adi’s rise toward stardom feels as natural as all of the other changes she’s embraced. Photo by Dennis ManuelWhat was the writing process like for Lotus Glow? It was the culmination of many factors, from the evolution of my bass sound to my name change. Everything felt like it was clicking. I knew that I could finally make the music in my head a reality. Having the opportunity to play a lot with my band before and during the recording was key, as well, because most of the album is cut live. It’s just us playing off each other and keeping the best takes. The writing flowed naturally. I was ready to tell my story, having found myself in the crossroads of the end and the beginning of something. With all the pieces in place, I feel like now is the time to share the results of this process.     Your bass plays a pivotal role on every song. How early in the process did you come up with your parts?  Very early. Most of the time, a song would start with drums, or a drum loop or a tempo, and then I’d work on the bass part. I’d sit there and find a groove.
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