NYC-based Adam Ahuja is a jazz/x-genre touring and recording artist, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, and pioneer of the neolive-looping style. During performances, Ahuja loops multiple instruments live on the spot: keyboards & key-bass, singing & rhyming, and beatboxing & drums, often loop recording audience members live on stage. Adam is also the founder of the Infinity Gritty music label, and as a consultant, advises on strategy, ideation and creativity.
These are times of Ubiquity. Ideas are shared in an instant. Communication is mass-scale, for better or for worse. We can really only be in one place in one moment, but some are daring to jump the walls of space and time. Our digital reflections are exponentially approaching a plateau of reality. They might never get there. And while it may or may not get us any closer together, everyone is, almost, everywhere.
Adam Ahuja looks down at his keyboard. It contains all of the sounds that he needs. Mini drum-pads with velcro are attached to the right face of the board. A microphone is set straight in front of the rig. Above the keyboard sits a multi-track live-looping recorder, waiting to capture and replay anything that’s performed. There isn’t a need for pre-recorded samples. Years of innovation have planted the seeds, the table is set. All of the music can be created from scratch, right here, right now, for the audience.
Drawing influence from the spheres of jazz, rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, electronic, world, and some Vanilla Ice dance partying at age six, Adam Ahuja uses his musical toolset to meld a love for groove with an obsession with harmony, while flavoring compositions with metaphysically-bent singing and rhymes.
Ahuja’s career path has careened; from pre-med and strategic policy consulting, to keyboard-freelancing the streets of New York City, to upstarting NYC-band ‘The Flowdown,’ to in-studio guitar work with Meatloaf, playing organ for Robert Randolph and the Family Band nationally, jamming with musicians like Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Questlove of The Roots, and Kenny Wayne Shepard, and recently founding a music label and consultancy Infinity Gritty in partnership with Grammy-winning Ropeadope Records. Along the journey, Ahuja has honed in the focus on his solo craftwork, heeding the inspiration of late mentor and former Blue Note Records CEO Bruce Lundvall: “never stop listening.”
Ahuja’s records interlace two styles: ‘live-looping,’ featuring a compact multi-instrumental setup used for single take performances, identical to his on-stage performance, and ‘band-style’ where Ahuja jumps between keys, drum kit, bass, guitar, percussion, and vocals to gradually layer takes one instrument at a time into full tracks.
NYC-based Adam Ahuja is a live-looping artist, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, and label founder/consultant. Ahuja’s music melds jazz, rock, funk, soul and electronic music into a fluid style, having drawn international recognition touring independently as an artist and as a past member of acts such as Robert Randolph & Family Band and the Ana Popovic Band. In 2017, Ahuja released “Ubiquity,” on which he composed and performed all music, including keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and voice, and wrote the lyrics. The album was released on the Infinity Gritty label, started by Ahuja, in partnership with Grammy-winning Ropeadope Records. When Adam plays live, he offers what he calls a #neolivelooping experience: one in which he performs and loop-records various instruments on stage, including keyboards, key-bass, drumpads and vocals, often inviting interactive participation from audience members. Ahuja’s adept performances, charisma, and novel approach to the “one man band” paradigm have made him a widely viewed media presence, landing features in outlets such as Relix, Apple Music, Goldmine Magazine, and university workshops at NYU and Musicians Institute.
NYC-based Adam Ahuja is a jazz/x-genre live-looping artist, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, and entrepreneur. He has drawn international recognition touring independently as an artist and as a past member of acts such as Robert Randolph & Family Band and the Ana Popovic Band.
Ahuja’s keen sense of the contemporary music scene prompted him to establish Infinity Gritty, a music label, consultancy, and artist development agency. Infinity Gritty has partnered with Grammy-winning label Ropeadope Records to produce and promote multiple projects, landing features on Spotify’s State of Jazz playlist, Atwood Magazine, Mathematical Association of America, and others.
In 2017, Ahuja released critically-acclaimed album “Ubiquity” via the Infinity Gritty / Ropeadope joint venture, on which he composed and performed all music, including keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and voice, and wrote the lyrics. Adam’s music incorporates influence from jazz, rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, electronic, world, and little bit of Vanilla Ice dance partying at age six. Ahuja melds a love for groove and an affinity with harmony, while flavoring his compositions with metaphysically-bent singing and rhymes.
When Ahuja plays live, he offers what he calls a #neolivelooping experience: one in which he draws upon a range of electronic instruments to record and loop the performance live, without the use of pre-recorded sampled parts. Ahuja’s shows often involve interactive participation as he loops and records audience members, bringing them on to the stage and giving them a personal connection to the performance. Ahuja’s adept performances, charisma, and novel approach to the “one man band” paradigm have made him a widely viewed social media presence with individual videos generating over 50,000 views, leading to artist features in Relix Magazine’s “The Relix Session”, Apple Music’ “New Music in Jazz,” Goldmine Magazine, and university workshops at NYU and Musicians Institute.
Along his career path, Adam Ahuja’s work has led to collaborative highlights including writing and recording in-studio guitar parts for rock-legends Meatloaf and Brian May of Queen, jamming on stage with musicians such as Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Questlove of The Roots, and Kenny Wayne Shepard, opening for legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea, and landing endorsement deals with Nord Keyboards (‘Artist of the Month’) and Motion Sound Amps.
Adam Ahuja has headlined or performed at a wide range of US and international festivals and venues. Highlights include Blue Note Jazz Festival (NY, USA), Musikfest (PA, USA), Morristown Blues and Jazz Festival (NJ, USA), Victoria Jazz Festival (BC, Canada), Tout por Tous Festival (France), Milla (Germany), Gypsy Jazz-Fest (New Caledonia), Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean), Great Mississippi Balloon Race (MS, USA), Unifier Festival (CT, USA), DiscJam Festival (NY, USA), and Sofar Sounds (SP, Brazil).
As a consultant with a strategy background, Ahuja has advised organizations through a philosophy of systems thinking, perspectives integration, sustainability, ideation, and creative inspiration. Adam holds a Master’s in Public Policy (MBA) from University of Konstanz in Germany and BSBA in Management and Pre-Med from Bucknell University, and enjoys a good philosophical conversation every now and then.
Adam proudly holds Artist Endorsements with and recommends:
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2021, “As If We Were” – April Quartet, Stay in Shape Vol. 1
2020, “Stranger” – RoSaWay
2020, “yo-lk” – The Flowdown
2020, “Ghost X” – Project K-Paz
2020, “Kids of Summer” – Monotronic
2020, “The People of 2020” – The People of 2020
2020, “Sometimes I” – SUUZ
2020, “In Flowers Through Space” – E Scott Lindner
2019, “Walk” – RoSaWay
2019, “Over the Rainbow (live-looping)” – Adam Ahuja
2019, “Monotronic” – Monotronic
2019, “Count the Clocks” – Zhou Kroix
2019, “Barrel Roll” – CakeDrop
2019, “Roller Coaster” – SUUZ
2019, “Visions of a Lethargic Sun” – VSUS
2019, “Don’t Let Me Go” – SiFi
2019, “Stranger,” – RoSaWay
2018, “Earth Song” – Anna Diorio
2018, “Duff’s Groove” – Noon
2018, “Port of Dreams” – E Scott Lindner
2018, “Firebrand” – DB3
2018, “FREEDOM” – RoSaWay
2018, “Calling Out Your Name” – SiFi
2018, “Post-Something” – Project K-Paz
2018, “Edge Detection” – Escaper
2018, “Leesta Vall Sessions” – Natalie Hart
2018, “From a Dream” – Bob DiGiacomo
2018, “Forget Your Face” – Keith Tryfle Hudson
2017, “Ubiquity” – Adam Ahuja
2017, “E. Scott Lindner” – E. Scott Lindner
2017 “Skeleton Key” – Escaper
2017 “The Game We’re In,” “Ruler” – Nemiss
2017, “Henry Grant EP” – Henry Grant
2017, “Chelsea Berry” – Wanderbird
2017, “Indiggative” – Digg Deep
2017, “About Time” – Bob DiGiacomo
2017, “Dig on Me” – Brady Oh
2017, “Why Would I” – Lumos
2016, “WorldSpeak” – The Flowdown
2016, “Only Wonder” – Lumos
2016, “Everyday Blues” – John Minnock
2015, “A Positive Light” – Kuf Knotz
2015, “A Divided Place” – The Lilted
2014, “The Realness” – Srikalogy
2014, “Sharin’ People” – Karen Seva
2014, “First Impressions” – Alejandro Meola
2014, “Please” – Alejandro Meola
2014, “Black Feathered Angel” – Alejandro Meola
2013, “Do You Hear What I Hear?!” – Adam Ahuja
2013, “Balance” – Adam Ahuja
2013, “In Love” – EarthRise SoundSystem
2012, “Glory & Blues” – Boogie Rock Boys
2012, “Rory Sullivan & The Second Season” – Rory Sullivan
2011, “Metamorphosis” – The Flowdown
2011, “Expose” – Miles
2010, “Hang Cool Teddy Bear” – Meatloaf
2010, “Freedom is the Basis” – Srikalogy
2005, “The Synthesis” – Flow Down Street Six
2004, “ToxicSheep: DC Sessions” – Adam Ahuja
2001, “Quacks” – The Baba Yaga
2000, “Live at Musikfest” – The Baba Yaga
1999, “Toxic Sheep: Fort Lauderdale Sessions” – Adam Ahuja