Basic Background Info

Birth: February 5, 1975
Location: Ukiah, California
Band: AFI, Tiger Army, The Nerve Agents, Influence 13
Genres: Rock, Punk
Instruments: Drums, Voice
Occupation: Musician


Adam Carson’s parents would take their two children to the only record store in Ukiah, California, every week or so and let them purchase a record. They considered it very important for their children to be educated in music and art. Adam Carson recalls having a small collection of music by the time he was four. After one of these trips, around the age of nine, Adam Carson came home with a Def Leppard album and a poster of them performing. It was then that he thought that “being in a rock band must be the best thing ever.”

In seventh grade, Adam Carson received his first drum kit. Adam Carson's father had been a drummer and fully encouraged his son’s playing. Like most budding drummers, Adam Carson began acting out his rhythmic fascinations on kitchen cookware. Adam Carson had taken band in school and played the drums.  Adam Carson seemed on track to become an avid young drummer, but then he inexplicably stopped playing for about a year.

While still in high school in the early 90s, Adam Carson joined up with friend Mark Stopholese, Vic Chalker, and Davey Havok to form the band A Fire Inside (or AFI). At that point, none of the members knew how to play their instruments, but they eventually did learn.  They recorded the Dork EP in 1991 (with Geoff Kresge replacing Chalker on bass.) Although AFI split briefly while attending separate colleges, the band has released many albums and gained significant mainstream success.

Aside from Adam Carson's time with AFI, he has also played with psychobilly band Tiger Army. Adam Carson has recorded several albums with Tiger Army, but he remains firmly committed to playing with AFI.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1996 Very Proud of Ya AFI
1997 God Money Original Soundtrack
1997 Shut Your Mouth & Open Your Eyes AFI
1998 Fire Inside AFI
1999 All Hallow's EP AFI
1999 Black Sails in the Sunset AFI
1999 Give 'Em the Boot, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Tiger Army Tiger Army
1999 California Hardcore: A Call to Arms Various Artists
2000 Art of Drowning AFI
2000 Days of the White Owl The Nerve Agents
2001 Butterfly Collection The Nerve Agents
2002 Early Years Tiger Army
2003 Sing the Sorrow AFI
2006 Decemberunderground AFI
2006 I Heard a Voice AFI
2006 Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box Various Artists
2007 I Heard a Voice: Live from Long Beach Arena AFI


  • Although he is a southpaw, Adam uses his right hand as his leading drum hand.
  • Left-handers are particularly known as southpaws in sports, especially in baseball, boxing, and tennis. The term originated from baseball; stadiums are often designed so that the batter faces east to avoid sun in their eyes in late afternoon or evening. Then a left-handed pitcher throws with their south-side arm.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Vater

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