Calling Adam is singer-songwriter/producer John Mabarak. John has worked with various artists in New York City, Los Angeles and in Detroit as a musician, recording engineer, and producer. John is currently based in Metro Detroit.
The signature sound to Calling Adam is the jingle-jangle sound of Rickenbacker and Telecaster guitars blended with acoustic guitar strumming. Major influences include the Beatles, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Roxy Music, The Clash, Motown and the classic singer-songwriters from the folk/rock era of the 70’s.
After a few years of learning the craft of studio engineering at the Los Angeles Recording Workshop and the Recording Institute of Detroit, John moved to New York City in 1994 and worked at City Sound Productions on recording sessions with a diverse clientele of artists some of which were off Broadway composers, dance theatre productions, singer-songwriters and a wide variety of musical styles which came through the studio.
During this period John was writing songs, recording his own material and performing at open mics in the east village. John frequently performed at lower east side venues Surf Reality, Collective Unconscious, CB’s 313 gallery and the Sidewalk Café.
John was one of the winners of the Yoko Ono remix competition in 2009 for his remix of the “The Sun Is Down” which was judged by Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Mark Ronson. John’s remix of the song was one of 20 winners chosen out of 200 submissions.
John has always been a “back to basics” musician and finds himself constantly being influenced by his love for the simple sounds of the early rock and roll era such as Elvis Presley, the British invasion, Bob Dylan and the American groups of the 60’s and 70’s. All this classic music is what first inspired John to pick up a guitar as a child and this classic music is what still influences him today.