There’s a vibrant fearlessness in young people that you often see in sports, where the rookie lacks the learned fearfulness that their more experienced team mates may suffer from.
No fear is the story of hit DJ Alex Adair, who was studying music production at university when he wrote the instant dance hit, Make Me Feel Better, which charted around the world, amassing over 14m YouTube views.
At the launch of his new single, Stronger, we caught up with the artist to discover his Focus Five.
WHO: in your life inspires you?
My family inspire me. I’ve seen how hard my parents have worked their whole life. My brother’s always set such a good example for me. He works extremely hard and through doing so he’s able to provide for his family. Seeing that inspires me more than anything.
WHAT: does your absolute achievement look like?
When it’s all said and done, if I could see a plaque for a platinum selling record of mine hanging on my studio wall that’d be a massive thing for me. That’s definitely something I want to achieve.
WHEN: is the next opportunity to take another step in the right direction towards your success?
Everyday. I have the chance to make that one massive hit everyday. I always think that any time I’m not in the studio working is a chance for someone else to leapfrog me. You need to grind and work everyday to have success in this game.
WHERE: you’ve visited that drives you to achieve your end goal?
I think supporting huge DJ’s like Martin Garrix and David Guetta at a stadium show. When you get to experience a huge crowd like that it’s special enough, but then when you think about being the headline act for that show, and seeing the crowd of thousands sing back your hits, it definitely drives me to make records that people love like that.
WHY: a memory of something you’ve done and WHY it pushes you to keep chasing after your dream?
Definitely having chart success before, having a taste for that and then not having it again for a few years really pushes me to achieve that again. I don’t need to prove anything to myself, but having that gratification is a special feeling.