In addition to his academic interests, Adam Mestyan was the bass guitarist of the Hungarian underground band the Galloping Coroners (VHK, Vágtázó Halottkémek) between 1996-2014 and established a number of other Hungarian bands (including the short lived Yava Folcore Punk Brigade and the still active hardcore Dereng). Mestyan has also published two award-winning books of poems in Hungarian (The Rules of Hungarian Orthography, 2006) and The Perfect Absence of Compassion, 2010) and continues to write poetry.