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the project

Adams Traktor is a music project formed by JR Smith from Seattle, Washington to explore, expand, and in many ways bend the music genres that have influenced progressive modern music. Quench, the first album by Adams Traktor, scheduled to be released in February 2021, is highly influenced by alternative rock, the Seattle sound, industrial and progressive dance music. That makes  it difficult to classify this album, or even it’s genre - thus, its uniqueness. Time to Wake up, which followed the fist single  Need was released on November 27th, 2020. The third single titled "Noth'en" will be released on Friday, January 29th on Dark Spark Records/The Orchard/Sony. 

Gregory Darling, the founder of Darling Cruel and reoccurring Billboard top 20 recording artist produced Quench at 2 Lions Studios in Prague. Manny Elias on drums is the original drummer for Tears for Fears. Manny played on their first two iconic albums, The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair, that brought us the anthems Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, Mad World and Head Over Heels. Fernando Saunders on bass is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and solo recording artist on Summit Music/Sony Universal who has played with Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, Erik Clapton, Slash and Jeff Beck to name just a few. Olda Krejcoves on lead guitar plays with the band Monkey Business and David Kolar. JR Smith wrote, plays rhythm guitar and is the vocalist for all tracks on Quench. 

We hope this collection of original songs rocks you, possibly shocks you, makes you smile or shake your ass just a little... or simply moves you in some small way. Special thanks to Gregory, who brought us together and made this all possible and for Soma Group Music for believing in our vision.

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Critical Acclaim

Adams Traktor strives to create music that is unique and true to their sound. Browse through the following press coverage hitting everything from their latest work, the evolution of the band, recent live performances, etc.



Adams Traktor Sings of Necessary Change With Their Recent Hit, "Time To Wake Up"

Through the group's recent single, "Time To Wake Up," Adams Traktor goes on to tell a story of needed change, a story of realization. While fueling the song with lyrics that sing of positive change amid our world of chaos, the supporting instrumentals send the song into West Coast-bliss through the woozy and dazed sonic aspects.



‘Time To Wake Up’ from Adams Traktor

Adams Traktor is a music project formed by JR Smith from Seattle, WA, to explore, expand, and in many ways, bend the music genres that have influenced alternative modern music. The latest single from Adams Traktor, “Time To Wake Up” from his forthcoming Quench album, is being released November 27, 2020, by Dark Spark Music and The Orchard.



Exclusive Adams Traktor Interview

Adams Traktor sings about climate change, a polarized society and human desires. The band Adams Traktor, founded by JR Smith, brought together experienced musicians who have collaborated with greats such as Lou Reed, Tears For Fears, Suzanne Vega and Julian Lennon. The band has now finished their soon to be released album “Quench”.



New Single "Time To Wake Up"

“Time To Wake-Up” is the sound of a world in crisis, and the anthem for a new beginning. The raw, guitar bears witness to our collective suffering, while the melody that carries the song to its conclusion call us to a new future. “'Time To Wake-Up” is sonic hope."

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Lead Guitar

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Lead Guitar

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