Modern Icon Recordings



Adrian Harpham


Born in Los Angeles, raised in Philadelphia and Boston. Adrian is a journeyman drummer, record producer, recording artist, songwriter and multi instrumentalist based currently in New York City. As a session drummer, he has shared the stage and studio with a wide range of artists, including: Lucy Pearl, Chromeo, Amel Larrieux/Groove Theory, Dr.John, Henry Butler, Leo Nocentelli (the Meters), Bernie Worrell, Donald Harrison, Fred Wesley/Pee Wee Ellis, Thalia, Doug Wamble, Charlie Hunter, Imani Coppolla, Brazilian Girls, Coolio, Tom Scott, Monday Michiru, Tre Hardson (The Pharcyde), Julian Coryell, Jason Miles-DJ Logic/Global Noize, David Fiuszcynski and Screaming Headless Torsos, Ruben Wilson, John Tropea and Melvin Sparks, Adam Cohen, Jen Chapin, Gloria Gaynor, Tavares. 

As Adrian's career progressed he became fascinated by songwriting and record production.  He has released 2 solo albums (on which he plays most of the instruments and sings): 2010’s “Music From The Mind’s Eye“ (Blisslife records), and 2014’s “On The Edge Of Change“ (independent).  Over the last decade, he has produced 18 records for other artists and has been an influential voice on many more..

In 2016, Adrian started his own production company, Big Pulse Productions and co founded the super group, Light Blue Movers featuring: Deron Johnson (Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Seal, David Sanborn), Yonatan Levy (Ari Hoenig, Jojo Mayer, Blitz the Ambassador, Izabo)and Gabriel Gordon (Natalie Merchant, Meshell Ndege Ocello, Soup Dragons). Their debut album, “Atlas”, was released on Ropeadope records. This recording represents new directions for Adrian (jazz, experimental, electro, hiphop) and the beginning of many collaborations spawned from the Light Blue Movers collective and Ropeadope.

In 2017, he established his own imprint label (within Ropeadope)-Modern Icon Recordings. He is also finishing up production work on a several new projects with Monty Alexander, Nick Sample/Joe Sample, Stephanie Mckay, Leyeux and a forthcoming Light Blue Movers album.