Adam Aldama aka Sizzle, was born and raised in Sacramento, California where he has been performing since he was a child. He has a natural talent for music, singing, and performing. Sizzle’s greatest passion in life is music.
As a young child, he loved to sing in the choir at church with his grandmother. Her encouragement sparked his interest in singing professionally. His main musical inspiration was Michael Jackson. Sizzle emulates a lot of Jackson’s style into his songs and show performances.
Adam began writing his own music when he was 13 years old and has been recording for years. Each song is filled with catchy lyrics and smooth vocal melodies. His inspiration is from those around him. Sizzle, with the innocent boy band look, curly hair, bright eyes, and a smile that never fades captures the attention of his audience and makes them want more.
Adam aka Sizzle took time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for The Underground.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I perform & write R&B and Pop music with a little mix of hip hop and elements of electric guitar. My sound has smooth vocals (because of the tone of my voice) laced with grooves and melodies that are catchy and fun to dance to. I try and emulate my idols (MJ, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, & George Michael) when singing, but it always has my own flavor to it. When rapping, I like to listen to my favorite rappers like Baby Bash, SPM, Clyde Carson, N2deep, & Jaytee. I favor their rap style, structure, phrasing and how they approach each song when rapping.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I made it up when I pursued Hip Hop earlier in my music career. Rappers all had a name that meant something to them and I wanted one as well, so I thought up a name that could coincide with hot music and putting together a hot show, so I came up with the name Sizzle. I wanted to generate a name that let people know that whatever product I put out, it was going to be hot! People that know me and my music don’t call me by my first name, they call me Siz or Sizzle.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My musical influences have always been Michael Jackson, Prince, George Michael, Lenny Kravitz, Avant, R. Kelly, and Joe when singing. When rapping, Baby Bash, N2deep, Jaytee, Lil Rob, all the bay area and H-town greats.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am working on a new album. I want this album to have a New Jack swing feel to it. Kind of like Bruno Mars’ song Finesse and all the old school greats like Bobby Brown, BabyFace, Bel Biv Devoe, Johnny Gill, etc. When those songs are finished, I will be working on new music videos to follow up to help promote the album.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I’d like to be a mainstream artist and work full time making music. My plan of action is to keep doing what I’m doing (because I already work very hard on my music and promoting it) and maybe it will catch the attention of someone or company that can make my music a much needed commodity.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I enjoy performing “She Got it”, when I perform my original music. “She Got It” has a nice motion of choreography along with harmonies that mix so well with the music for the audience to experience. When I perform cover songs, I typically favor Bruno Mars’ music such as 24k Magic and Uptown Funk. Those songs always get me going on stage and they are full of energy.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
The biggest challenge is staying consistent. It’s very hard to continue and pursue something when there are minimal rewards. The reason I keep at it and don’t give up is because music and performing are a passion of mine and they make me happy. If creating music and performing on stage didn’t make me happy then I would have given up a long time ago.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
When making new music, I have to have the music/instrumental already created for me and then I build around it with melodic lyrics. The music/instrumentation let’s me know what kind of subject to make the song about and how I should create it. Sometimes it just flows right on out, then there are times when the process isn’t as smooth because of word blocks or loss of interest in finishing the song. I have hundreds of incomplete songs that either have just a chorus or verses with no chorus.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I try to stay true to who I am. A lot of artists do their best to keep up with the latest fad or what is sounding current right now, but most of the time it just doesn’t fit their style from when they first started their career. Social media is a great outlet to let people know what is going on with my music and when upcoming shows are. Social media plays a big part in free promotion for me.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
My playlist right now consists of Bruno Mars, Prince, The Weeknd, Baby Bash, & Maroon 5
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I pursued fine art (drawing, painting, pen and ink). I now work in the graphic design field.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
My advice to all artists is to stay consistent and if you are really going to pursue a career in music, be true to yourself. Try not to be negative and hate on other artists. They are trying to get out there just like everyone else. Instead, concentrate on the positive side of things.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would like to see more artists use live bands when performing their music with lots of choreography. I always enjoyed watching shows that MC Hammer, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, and Paula Abdul would do because they all had heavy choreography in their shows. If you are a performing artist, then engage the audience and wow them by putting on a show. To me, that’s very rare nowadays.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
If you look at artists throughout time, in some shape or form they are influenced by a previous artist that touched them or inspired them. Everyone emulates at some point in the music business. It’s really a compliment to the other artists.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
You should know that if you come see me in concert that you will definitely get your money’s worth.
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