Adam Neely

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Adam Neely
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Neely in 2018
Personal information
Born1988 (age 32–33)
EducationBerklee College of Music
(Class of 2009)[1] Manhattan School of Music (Class of 2012)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
YouTube information
Years active2006–present[2]
Subscribers1.27 million[2]
Total views143 million[2]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Updated: April 13, 2021

Adam Michael Neely (born 1988[3][4]) is a New York City-based YouTuber, bassist, and composer. His YouTube channel contains a mix of musical history, theory, and popular culture video essays.[5][6][7] He also creates "Gig Vlogs", which give insight into the life of a professional musician.[8]


He graduated from Berklee College of Music's undergraduate program in 2009.[1] He was awarded the Herb Alpert ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award in 2012 and 2015[6][3][9] as well as the Jerome Fund commission prize in 2014, for his work "Exigence".[10]

He has made appearances on NPR, TEDx, Vox, SiriusXM, SXSW, Ableton Loop, MAGFest, Bass Player Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine and Ultimate Guitar. He has since worked as a bass player and educator in New York City with artists like Shubh Saran,[11] Zac Zinger,[12] the NYChillharmonic,[13] The 8-Bit Big Band, J-Music Ensemble,[14] and many others. Adam Neely frequently plays gigs with jazz/indie rock brass band Aberdeen.[15]

He appeared on the BIMM podcast EP.8 to discuss his beginnings in music and approach to creating content.[16] He discussed bass and the role of social media with YouTube bass educator Scott Devine in this podcast.[17] He has also been interviewed by Music U.[18]

Neely is a founding member of the electrojazz and EDM band Sungazer.[19] He regularly performs with rock band Bright and Loud, indie-soul group Jae Soto, his large ensemble Mass Extinction Event, and a number of singer-songwriters based in New York.[6]

In December 2019, Neely earned a spot in the New Yorker's annual Christmas Poem.[20]

In 2020, Neely defended Katy Perry's use of an ostinato in the song "Dark Horse" after she was sued by the rapper Flame.[21][22][23] To Neely's complete surprise, his video was claimed and monetized by Warner Chappell Music who claimed that the part where he played the ostinato for Flame's "Joyful Noise" was infringing on the copyright of Dark Horse.[24][25]


  1. ^ a b "Adam Neely". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Adam Neely: About. Retrieved November 23, 2020 – via YouTube. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients Announced". ASCAP. February 5, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Adam Neely (@adamneelybass) | Twitter". Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  5. ^ Allread, Landry (March 16, 2019). "YouTuber Adam Neely explores language as universal music". The Daily Texan. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Adam Neely". New Music USA. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Adam Neely". SXSW. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Adam Neely - Loop 2017". Loop. 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "2012 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards Recipients Announced". ASCAP. February 2, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Musician's Show - Adam Neely - WKCR 89.9FM NY". WKCR. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Neely, Adam (December 16, 2019). "My Band's First Tour". YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  12. ^ Neely, Adam (February 4, 2019). "I played 23 Video Game Covers at the Bit Awards | Gig Vlog". YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  13. ^ Neely, Adam (February 24, 2020). "Touring with a Prog Rock Big Band". YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  14. ^ Neely, Adam (May 6, 2019). "Mixing Jazz and J-Pop". YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  15. ^ Neely, Adam (February 18, 2019). "I played a gig with a 20-piece band | Gig Vlog". YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  16. ^ "Adam Neely - BIMM Podcatst EP.8". Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "In Conversation with Adam Neely and others". Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "The Power of Curiosity, with Adam Neely". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  19. ^ Tagat, Anurag (February 13, 2020). "New York Jazz Artists Shubh Saran and Sungazer to Tour India This Month -". Rolling Stone India. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  20. ^ Frazier, Ian (December 16, 2019). ""Greetings, Friends!" The New Yorker's 2019 Christmas Poem". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  21. ^ Adam Neely (August 2, 2019). "Why the Katy Perry/Flame lawsuit makes no sense".
  22. ^ Jeremy Hobson and Serena McMahon (August 14, 2019). "Musician Says Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Copyright Infringement Verdict Sets A 'Dangerous Precedent'". WBUR-FM.
  23. ^ Rachel Yang (March 17, 2020). "Katy Perry scores win as judge rules 'Dark Horse' didn't copy Christian rap track". Entertainment Weekly.
  24. ^ Adam Neely (February 6, 2020). "warner music claimed my video for defending their copyright in a lawsuit they lost the copyright for".
  25. ^ Andy Maxwell (February 7, 2020). "YouTuber Who Slammed Copyright Lawsuit Against Katy Perry Hit With Copyright Complaint From Perry's Publisher".

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