Six Questions With Stand Proud's Adam Huss

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Adam Huss is no stranger to the local music scene, having tenured in the wildly popular Dreams You Die In. He's also known to hardcore kids across the US as a solid booker from The Alley days.

After a lengthy absence from local music, he's back with a new outfit, Stand Proud, ready to return some solid hardcore flavor to South Florida.

Crossfade recently had a chance to chat with him about SFxHC past and present and his new band.

What's your name? Where do you come from? What do you do? And do you see any potential for kickball to become an Olympic sport?

Adam Huss: My name is Adam Huss, or Adam Hussler as I've been dubbed over the years. I am a Miami native, born and raised. And I'm a white boy. Shocking I know ... I'm a suit and tie during the day, and t-shirt and Dickies shorts by night.

As far as kickball, it could happen if the Olympic committee changes some rules and allows everyone to get smashed on beer, hunch punch, and Jameson. Also shout-out to my team mates in The Woof Pack. (Wolf pack, but ya know we gotta say it like we are from Westchester or Wechete.)

Please describe for us your tenure in Dreams You Die In. How would you compare the South Florida hardcore scene before that band and after? 

Wow, that's something rarely brought up these days. Well, I was one of the two founding members and was half of the final dismantling of the band along with Vladimir Garcia. (Everyone check out Vlad's new band Knock 'Em Dead. Great, heavy hardcore band.) Dreams You Die In lasted roughly four years in which three of them were spent on Significant Records out of Tampa. (Old man Tom's an awesome dude.) 

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Dreams You Die In
This was during the time that The Alley was in full force and shows could be found two to three times a week, every week. We started playing there and after roughly a year of sticking primarily local with shows, we said, "Fuck it," and hit the road. (Thanks to Miami-Dade for the Jitney bus we used on tour.) We were very fortunate and lucky to be able to tour with 100 Demons, Now Soldiers/Take These Eyes, Palehorse, and hardcore legends Underdog, just to name a few.

As far as comparison, I definitely side with the before, rather than the after. I was lucky enough to go to shows when there was more of a sense of unity and unconditional support for bands. In the time frame when I had booked shows at The Alley, a decent crowd at a show was 100 to 150 kids. I know one of the best shows there that I booked was Comeback Kid and Evergreen Terrace on a Wednesday night. We had 320 kids.

From what I'm told now, since I don't get to attend as many shows as I did when my responsibilities were considerably less, a decent show is 30 to 50 kids. That kind of disappoints me because that means the younger generation coming out of high school [or hitting] the early college years, has no ambition to keep local music and the hardcore/punk scene going.

Luckily, thanks to people like John McHale of Breakeven Booking and Nayra Serrano, local hardcore/punk bands still have shows and are trying to return to the former glory.

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Stand Proud
What's this new outfit all about? Who's in it and how did it come together?

I'm in a new band called Stand Proud, and having a blast after a six-year hiatus from playing music. We're a four piece consisting of Nicole on drums, Jared on guitar/vocals, Albert on bass, and myself on vocals.

My bandmates had actually been playing together for a while and looking for a vocalist. By coincidence, I had uploaded some old tour photos that co-workers were asking to see, and Nicole had seen them and asked if I was interested in singing. So I went to the practice, liked what I heard, they liked what they heard, and that was that.

This band is just about having fun. We are all big fans of the pioneer hardcore bands and take the majority of our influence from the '80s and early '90s hardcore punk bands. I know the most common comparison is we sound like the Cro-Mags and Warzone had a kid and we're it.

What are the band's immediate goals? You have a couple of gigs under your belt. So far, what are the recording plans?

Right now, our primary focus is just playing more shows and recording. We are thankful to Fox's Lounge and Casa Quesogo, which is the famous residence of Kris Huseby of Bulletproof Tiger fame, for letting us play.

Our next move is a demo we will be recording in the next few weeks after our drummer Nicole's wedding. We have a few shows in the works in late July and August. I know our next confirmed show will be at Fox's on September 17 with Furious Dudes and Bulletproof Tiger.

How would you gauge the hardcore lifestyle nowadays? I'm old school in the sense that I always retreat to the Dischord/SST, mid-'80s and early-'90s eras. What current bands out there pique your interest?

Yikes, I might be the wrong person for this question. My taste is similar to yours. I retreat to bands that no longer exist for the most part. Personally, when I listen to hardcore now, I jam to Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Blood for Blood, Sick of It All, Stretch Arm Strong, Where Fear and Weapons Meet, etc.

As far as current bands that I back, I'd say Knock "Em Dead, Hardware Youth, Furious Dudes, Bulletproof Tiger, and Homestretch are local bands in the hardcore/punk genre that I can say are fun, enjoyable, and rocking out hard and heavy.

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Stand Proud at Fox's Lounge
You recently attended a punk rock gathering in Las Vegas, can you describe that experience? How awesome is Cock Sparrer live?

I personally didn't go. However, my alter party ego Silky Rodriguez and my good friend El Guapo Jimenez were in attendance for the 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival this past Memorial Day. We arrived a few days early to begin the drinking festivities and did not stop until our return home. Our hotel had a pool with a shark tank in the middle. A clear waterslide ran through the shark tank (fucking awesome), and we saw tons of amazing bands.

Personally the fest highlights were the Descendents (an 80-minute set of pure awesome), Dropkick Murphys' great set, Larry and His Flask (who played at least 20 sets over the course of three days including an impromptu acoustic show on Freemont Street), the punk rock pool party, and of course Cock Sparrer, which I was lucky enough to see twice in 24 hours. Words cannot describe the amazing-ness of watching them play 90 minutes for two nights in a row.

The afterparties were also amazing, which Fishbone and Guttermouth played. And there was Insert Coins "bar-cade," a fully functional old school arcade with a bar, old and new games, dance floor, and DJ. Someone in Miami needs to make this idea happen out here.

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29 comments
Jesseaverage
Jesseaverage

Just got around to reading this article.

Frankly, it astounds me that so many people feel compelled to bad mouth someone - anonymously or not - for returning to a scene that they contributed in any capacity to following a lengthy hiatus.

Regardless of how accurate the assessment of "wildly popular" is, he and his band mates put themselves out there then, and he's doing it again now with his current group. You can't blame him or anyone in his position for trying to drum up interest.

As for the number of allegations about his character, nobody's perfect. What matters more is trying and continuing to move forward and improving as you go along.

In regards to the more personal shit, that's just a bunch of cowardly scenesters playing bully.

Last I checked, real hardcore and punk rock folk don't care too much for bullies.

Leonardo Da Pizza
Leonardo Da Pizza

i know that adam huss smoked robert marquetti's big black pole because i paid them both $150 to do it in front of me at the warehouse next to the alley 

Adrian
Adrian

For everyone calling out the anonymous people for not saying shit to Adam's face, I have and he's too thin skinned to take it. Right now he wishes he had the power to delete all the comments of the people "shitting on his parade". Learn how to take a joke every now and then, life will be much easier for you. Even when you try to convince everyone (maybe even yourself) how awesome it really is.

Greg
Greg

things i've decided after reading this and the comments...

-It seems like alot of people are talking about stuff that went down a decade ago.

-The "anti-adam's" are bringing up stuff like religion and his looks as insult. clearly they have no real factual attacks to make as im also pretty sure, none of them are involved in any of the incidences they have brought up and are doing it on 2nd hand stories they heard.

-At this point regardless of what he is or isn't guilty of, its a decade. we all grow up and mature and make more rational decisions over time. Maybe you guys should stop basing your opinion of a 30 year old on when he was 20 years old.

just sayin'

Fallbrook Tommy
Fallbrook Tommy

Adam Huss a real pillar of the South Florida Hardcore Community.  Now for a few minor details conveniently left out of Mr. Folgar's fluff piece.  Adam being pelted with Massengill filled balloons by his own band mates.  Mikey Hood spitting in his face at The Alley.  Adam standing in a puddle of his own piss when confronted by Mikey Hood over monies owed at The Doggpound.  Adam charging grieving girlfriend of Steve Escobar to get into his benefit show.  Escobar family never receiving a single dollar from the benefit show organized by Huss.  Yea folks a real class act here.  Fortunately for Adam he was born with the frame of an 11yr old Thai girl.  This is the only contributing factor to him not being beat to a bloody pulp on a multitude of occasions.  Abel, your credibility is shot after this discourse.  New Times should have printed this article on toilet tissue (:shit2).  That's my two cents.  At the end of the day your article may have fooled some, but not me.

As they say in your culture, Shalom.  You sniveling heeb.

14 / 5

Fallbrook Tommy

Desert Fox
Desert Fox

Good Ol' corporate_life resurrecting his long-defunct hardcore "career." Almost brings a tear to my eye. The Duo applauds the veracity and the legitimacy of this piece of "journalism." My dutiful comrade Jasper Tx is a drag wholeheartedly endorses this message. Keep on playin', playa!

Hussler ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Love and Rainbow Sprinkles,

The Desert Fox

Gross
Gross

haha fucking Leo Valencia talking about shitty music is the richest irony south florida can provide.

Jimmy G
Jimmy G

I remember Murphy's Law wanting to beat this dude's ass and berating him from the stage because he couldn't even come up with their guarantee. And, if I'm not mistaken, the owner of the club had to come through and foot the bill.

LEO VALENCIA
LEO VALENCIA

Adam,  Congrats on the article bud!!! 

If it was up to me I'd give you a prize for being able to sit through so much shitty music for all of these years.

Much love, Leonardo Valencia

P.S. You should wear your suit and tie at night more often. 

Greg
Greg

After reading the interview and these comments i gotta say, it sounds like some whiney nerds are complaining about shit from 6+ years ago. At this point why not drop it? Maybe he did shitty things, maybe he didnt. Maybe he didnt book your band when he did shows.

Regardless i've never met the guy but at this point even if he did all that, people do change as they grow older. I'm 35 and definitely not the same as when i was 25. Just sayin'

Outforblood
Outforblood

Adam, maybe you can explain to everyone the situation with Colin of Arabia

John Joseph
John Joseph

this guy used to suck robert marquetti's dick 

Neat
Neat

The fact is everyone eventually "drops out of hardcore"  because never moving out of your parents house/holding a real job while crying about how the scene's changed gets pretty fucking old. Though i guess its easy to troll the internet and look to start a fight considering that no one gives enough of a fuck about you to write an article. You fuckheads like to cite personality/appearance flaws in Adam but you post anonymously so that no one can talk about how wonderful your sorry asses are.

Amyslowdancing
Amyslowdancing

Straight up a lot of haters on this, if he's so shitty why would you even bother reading h article, maybe you should get off his nuts and stop crying like little bitches because he's above your level, go attendto your crack headed slutty baby mamas somewhere bcause that's why u all probably dislike adam, he probably tapped your bitches ass. Hah haters gotta love em <3

pizzed off
pizzed off

These people leaving the shitty comments about Adam are all FUCKING PUSSIES!!! If ya'll had balls you'd say this shit to his face rather than punk out and post it anonymously on the internet! Fuck off and die you little bitches! Try and be a man about shit and sort shit out face to face. And if you wanna talk to me about this, leave your name and the time and place and i'll sort you out. Pussies!

Da truth
Da truth

I remember the good ol' days when Dreams you die in and Adam were the punching bags of the scene. People straight up made fun of that kid to his face and he tucked his balls between his legs and walked away. This article doesn't make sense because NO ONE liked that shitty ass band. They just played all the bigger shows since Adam booked them. Weak ass smeagle looking nigga, voice cracks while he sings sounding weak as fuck.  FYI shows still get fucking packed with over 100 kids last I checked. Adam just wouldn't know since he "dropped out of hardcore" and now decided to come back. LOLZ

George L.
George L.

booked our south florida dates with adam, quite a few times. never had an issue with money or turnout. even stayed at his house twice. always a solid dude with us.

Florida South
Florida South

I heard his new band...kinda reminds me of Bronski Beat...just gayer

South Florida
South Florida

Rarely in ones lifetime does a person get to meet a class A turd as "Hussler". Anyone that has met him will testify to his bad jokes, quoting movie lines to death and his dead fish handshake. He is unique in the fact that even most of his friends really don't like him and question why they even hang out with him. He'll probably call me out for posting anonymously,but I am not one person....there are many of us. Congrats on being a running joke for so long and somehow still sticking around. 

Teehee
Teehee

whhhhhhhhhhhhy didntweplaycatch

i was there
i was there

why not talk about how this guy was mad shady back in the day and stole money from all the bands and left his own band stranded in california while his mommy paid for a plane ticket home. what about the people who never left the scene? the past is the past and lets hope hes changed. must be nice to have friends who work at new times to rewrite your own personal history

Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan

Dreams You Die In is my favorite grammatically incorrect band name

Jess
Jess

 ha! guess someone used the same fake email i picked.

Jess
Jess

Not sure where you got your info from but I was not charged at the show, and the family requested the money stay with the scene that Steve loved, so the Alley actually kept all the money.

whatever, yo
whatever, yo

"People straight up made fun of that kid to his face and he tucked his balls between his legs and walked away."

Everyone did say shit to his face apparently. Not that I care... I guess some people just got wierded out when the article claimed that Adam's old band was popular(which was totally not the case), so they decided to troll the comments.

and lol, I love how the guy saying he is going to kick all the anonymous posters asses is posting anonymously as well.

Hahawtf
Hahawtf

hahahahahah thats fucked up

Adam H
Adam H

its always nice when you call someone out on hearsay to leave a name. feel free to leave yours

Adam H
Adam H

 im from miami. grammar is optional

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