Adam Jones

  • American musician
  • Born January 15, 1965

Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known as the guitarist for Tool. Jones has been rated the 75th Greatest Guitarist of all time by the Rolling Stone and placed ninth in Guitar World's Top 100 Greatest metal Guitarists. Jones is also the director of the majority of Tool's music videos.

I'm a self-taught guitarist, but I have a classical music background.

All the art for Tool is done by the me and the band.

Doing the stereotypical solo bores me.

I'm a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar player and we've been in many bands.

As long as I can remember, growing up we had a guitar around our house, and I was always plucking on it.

With four perfectionists in the band, we have a hard time reaching perfection.

I think putting labels on people is just an easy way of marketing something you don't understand.

As far as the grunge thing, there are three bands from Seattle that I would call true grunge.

We wanted to take as much time and effort making the video as we did the song.

Everyone in Tool is interested in how we present our music. We write a group of songs that have a vibe, energy and feeling, and then we try to pick an image to capture that and communicate a feeling. We want something that adds to the connection with the audience.

I haven't listened to much music lately; I've been out of it.

We have meetings with our record label to tell them how to market us.

I'm not into solos, I'm into lyrics.

We're more into expressing ourselves than making radio hits.

I really like stuff that is collectible that you can hold and go, 'There's only a few people that have this.' I like to see that someone's put a lot of labor into making something.

When you don't know what the band looks like, it puts the emphasis on thinking and taking the music and message more seriously.

If you're making music for all the right reasons, people are going to be receptive to that and appreciate it the same way you did when your were writing it.

There's always the influence of music, film, art and the other things that drive me. I'm usually inspired by my environment and whatever is making me happy or mad.

We could have gone with much bigger labels and more money, but we wanted to go with a company that is LA based, all in the same building, and really understands what the artists want.

I like soundtracks and I like film.

Many of the songs on Undertow were written at the time Opiate came out.

In the time between records, I always have lots of stuff going on. I shoot photography, make little sculptures, play video games.

I'm not a good guitar player.

I think people like Steve Vai are so boring.

That's what I love about our music - it'll never be a hit because you can't dance to it.

I've always dabbled on guitar, but never took lessons.

I seriously do not think Nirvana is grunge.

I'm my own worst critic and I think everyone in the band is a perfectionist.

Fine art is really something I want to get into.

My approach is to be part of a band that makes music, not hit songs.

Different people get different things out of the images. It doesn't matter what it's about, all that matters is how it makes you feel.

The Melvins are grunge.

I listen to Helmet - and I love Helmet, they're a great band - but every song sounds the same.

I've always been involved in the visual arts and music.

That's the thing I like about my sound. It's real raw and very unsafe compared to a solid state kind of sound.

But if you want to be in a band and write music, then you should just be in a band and write music.