John Adamski, PhD


"Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting." -- Gottfried Leibniz

I learned to play the drums from my dad, started my first band in the 6th grade, and have been playing and performing ever since. Below are links to some projects I'm thankful to be/have been part of.


This bluesy rock n' roll band grew out of a Jimi Hendrix/Band of Gypsys tribute band. We started playing shows in 2016 and continue to play shows around NYC about once a month.

Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers

For two years (2010-2011) I played drums in this band fronted by Shilpa Ray. During my time with this group, we were signed to Knitting Facotry Records, recorded the album "Teenage and Torture" (iTunes, Amazon), and played about 150 shows across the US and Canada, including shows with Sharon Van Etten, Man Man, Patti Smith, and Elvis Costello. Our album received positive reviews from Spin Magazine, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.

Julius C

For four years (2006-2009) I played drums in this band. We lived together on Staten Island, where we turned our house into a recording studio and made the album "OK OK" (iTunes). We toured all over the US (in a van that loved to bread down) and played over 300 shows together. Zildjian, Pro-Mark, Shure, Electro-Harmonix, Roland, and Ernie Balls were official sponsors. The band broke up shortly after I left, but our singer, Jay Stolar, is still writing and performing amazing songs. Check him out!

The Green Emerald -- A Storybook Rock Opera

My good friend Corey J Feldman and I played in a jam band together in college. Later he wrote a rock opera titled "The Green Emerald", and had an accompanying storybook illustrated by another friend of mine, Chris Hingel. The Green Emerald debuted with two sold out shows at The Bowery Poetry Club in 2010. Recently, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary if its debut by performing it one more time.


This is the one that started it all way back in 6th grade. Some of us were in this band before we even knew how to play an instrument. A huge part of my childhood was spent rehearsing rock songs in the basement with my best friends, and it was the best. Eventually we recorded a self-titled full-length album in 2 days during the summer of 2003 and continued playing and performing together through 2006. We remain best friends.