Tell us your real name, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Barry Wilson, born in Cork, Ireland. My date of birth is the 1st of December 1990!

My childhood experience was a supportive and nurturing one. Big music family that encouraged me to take up drums at the age of 12 – Have been involved in music ever since and managed to not drive neighbours away from their homes!

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I have been actively playing in original bands since I was 13; rocking out All Ages gigs complete with band tour t-shirts and doing lemon-eating drum faces. After school I studied music in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa for 3 years, followed by a First Class Honours Degree in Cork School of Music. I teach drums primarily during the week as well as playing gigs on the weekends both in cover and original formats – The rest of my time is dedicated to songwriting, arranging, recording and practicing! 🙂 The name Barry Wilson Music was created due to the dozens of other Barry Wilsons across the globe and to avoid confusion (There’s a Scottish marching band drummer that’s always stealing my thunder on google searches) – the addition of ‘Music’ is a pretty unsubtle nod to what it’s all about :D.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I have found it very difficult to specify a genre with this piece (or any of my others for that matter) which I guess is a good thing! If I were pushed to answer it would have a flavour of jazz mixed with a bit of a funk, soul, pop and rock wrapped in a soundtrack blanket! They haven’t made one word for that just yet so I’m still waiting! The music video, which was done by the fantastic Colm Walsh of Clap Media, is a visual representation of the lyrics that Sara Ryan wrote. The general concept is that of longing for inspiration and then a spontaneous idea will set the ball rolling (Starlight being the metaphor for this inspiration). The music has an abstract feel mixed with performances from me and Sara done originally to green screen. Colm managed to capture amazing cosmic, other-wordly imagery and reacted really well to the flow of the music by applying light and dark aspects, as well as the speed of the abstract design, to match the instrumentation. 🙂

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I have always wanted to record, release and perform my own original music; which began its journey about 4 years ago. Prior to this I was involved with lots of different original outfits locally but always had the urge to become my own songwriter. Once I realised the abundance of musicians around me that would be keen to get involved and the numerous talented sound engineers out there to get it down on disk I figured there was no reason not to! I play drums, piano, percussion and vocals on my songs where I feel appropriate but always enjoy the collaborative aspect with other creative musicians.

I am completely independent and self-funded so my dealings as regards the music industry as a whole is from an DIY unsigned artist standpoint. While this can be tough in some ways and an uphill battle at times it is incredibly rewarding  when you manage to complete the goals you set all by yourself. When I did my first proper live show in the lovely intimate setting of Coughlans in Cork, Ireland last year I was very proud to get the musicians together, put on a good set and pack out the place with people – that was a great feeling! I also love when all the hard work pays off in terms of releasing music and hearing the great feedback. Another important buzz I get is when I arrange and score for often large ensembles such as orchestra, big band and seeing it manifest itself – Amazing to hear it all come together! My hardest job at the moment is getting my music out there to people who’ll like it; building a following. Social media outlets are very over-saturated now and it’s hard to stand out and make a name for yourself – but I pride myself on making my content the best it can be and creating pieces of music I’m proud of, that’s my main concern first and foremost!

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

There are a total of 22 musicians so far involved in the album project, 14 musicians alone on Starlight! I would end up doubling the size of this blog if I went through each of them so I will refrain from that – but they are all credited in the description of any release and safe to say they are a hugely talented, creative and enthusiastic collective to work with and it’s always an absolute pleasure. Eduardo Moreira, a very close friend of mine and a super-talented sound engineer/producer, was basically my partner in crime for the last year. He is currently mixing and mastering the first half of the album and he is one of the hardest working dudes I know! We actually began the recording session in his birthplace Portugal with a good friend of his and equally super-talented Joao Sousa in his own setup of Grawa Soundstudio. It was in a gorgeous rural area outside Porto; I’d live there if my pale complexion allowed it! 😀 We then completed the rest of the first half locally in Cork. Christian Best is taking over sound engineering duties in Monique Studios for the second half of the album and he’s basically a magician – master of his craft and an all round legend! He’s also got more drum gear than most music shops would have hands-down – It’s terrifying! Colm Walsh of Clap Media directed and created the music video using a mixture of performance shots done to green screen and abstract madness – Incredibly creative guy who blew my mind when I saw the video; all credit goes to him! Massive attention to detail and so easy to work with. I also worked with him on a live video of a piece entitled ‘White Water’ and he miraculously managed to stop me from looking like an idiot while playing piano so hats off to that! Would thoroughly recommend him 🙂

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

As regards my own original project, I have been involved I guess in the industry since 2014 when I released my first ever piece ‘Wishing Well’ featuring Ophelia McCabe. Since then I released a variety of singles featuring a handful of other amazing vocalists that collaborated with me but only since I started recording my album as of last year have I decided to give it a proper push in a PR sense. As of this time next year I hope to have the whole album recorded, complete with a release of each song with an individual visual representation accompanying it, be that music videos or artwork, and to tour on the back of that album and promotional releases. Nice venues, nice festivals and hopefully a trip outside Ireland too 🙂

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Tell us what inspires you to write and compose.

I find music to be a great platform to express emotion and thoughts, which sounds ridiculously cliché, but to me that’s fundamental for anyone out there to have that platform in some way. All art forms allow that and music is what works for me. As a result, anything and everything can encourage and inspire me to compose, be it music itself, film, walking down a street, a conversation, an argument, listening to some podcast, eating a sandwich, whatever! It can all spark some idea or another 🙂

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I have absolutely no idea! Aha, if I knew I’d be famous 😛 I think if your music is honest and has no agenda (including trying to write a hit song) it’s all good. You’ll be far happier with what’s representing you at the very least and probably have a far better chance of getting that elusive ‘hit song’ as people will always prefer authenticity as opposed to copy-cats!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, and record in the studio.

I tend to write lyrics based on topics that are immediately relevant to me on a personal level as opposed to fictionalized stories etc. It gets the pencil to paper a little quicker! I also enjoy wrapping these personal perspectives or inner thoughts in metaphors as I think it gives the themes a broader touch and perhaps allow others to relate or interpret them in variety of different ways which I find interesting – this was probably influenced by my preference in films not giving everything away and allowing room for a bit of imagination and personal opinion 🙂

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs.

I have collaborated with a collection of a fantastic singers in the past and at present. My first collaboration, Wishing Well was with an exceptionally amazing singer and hip-hop artist Ophelia McCabe. A really close friend of mine that I met in college and thankfully we got on as great in a musical sense!! She’s a boss 😀 We teamed up again after that debut release of mine for a tune called ‘Time Is Now’ – more hip-hop vibes from that and definitely not the last tune we’ll join forces on! Naomi Mcswiney was another singer that lent her gorgeous vocal to a piece called Raze I released in 2015 and more recently for the album on a tune called’ Resonance. Beautiful singer for sure – She has moved to Vietnam since then though but somehow she managed to get her vocal recorded in studio somewhere over there and send it on! The wonders of internet 😛 Nikki Griffin collaborated with me on a piece called Lotus – Jazz vocal of the gods! Kala Chung is also a massive part of my project and not only has she contributed vocals and lyrics on a number of songs for the album but also backing vocals and a very cool looking storyboard for a music video that will be released sometime next year! A great friend and a crazily creative person! 😀 Sara Ryan is the singer on Starlight; not only a supremely talented and unique vocalist but one the best personalities out there! So much fun working with her and again will definitely happen again sometime soon! :D.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

http://facebook.com/barrywilsonmusic

http://youtube.com/barrywilsonmusic
https://www.instagram.com/southpawbarry
https://soundcloud.com/southpawbarry

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/starlight-feat-sara-ryan/1302632350?i=1302632625

https://barrywilsonmusic.bandcamp.com

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would buy a million dollars worth of peanut butter so I wouldn’t have to buy new jar for like, at-least a few days. That’s the dream!


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