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ARTIST INTERVIEW: BARRY MUIR




Interview


Cru cru Barry Mur, what first got you into music? I grew up in the Canadian prairies. As a kid, on my street there were several homes where you could hear drums, keyboards, guitars-lots of kids learning how to play their instrument. By the time I was 12 I was playing in bands with friends from my neighborhood.


What would you do if you had a time machine? I guess it would depend on how far back I could go. My life seems to get better with age so a time machine would be worthless to me and my life, however, if I could go back to 1969 and watch Jimi Hendrix close Woodstock with the National Anthem in the middle of the night. Now that would be cool.


What's your favorite record from Daft Punk? Now how did you know I’m a fan? Ha. I would have to say, “Discovery”. It got loads of radio play here in Canada when it came out. How could you not move to Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.


Can you name 3 all time indie classics? 1. I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons. What a tune! How can you not sing along to that. 2. Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall, another killer tune that simply stands out. The third one is easy, Look What You’ve Done by the band, Jet. Such a beautiful, beatlesque tune with a gorgeous vocal. If you don’t know this song, give it a listen.


Can you give us your top 3 rock songs of all time? So many to choose from. 1. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. It’s one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. Killer vocal by Robert Plant at his very best. 2. Magic Man by Heart. Every time I hear this song, I’m so blown away by everything about it. 3. They Say It’s Your Birthday by The Beatles. It’s one of the first songs I learned how to play and one of the first songs I remember playing live. Good question!


When did you fall in love with rock music? When I was a kid growing up, at 8:00 PM on Sunday nights, The Ed Sullivan Show would come on and there was always a band on every episode. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Animals…I was hooked.


Your latest song is "There You Were". Can you tell us more about the making of it and if there were any unusual things happening during the process? Normally there’s three of us that write together every second Thursday night on Zoom; myself, Joanne Stacey and Lucy LeBlanc. That night Lucy was out of action, so it was just written by myself and Joanne. It was one of those songs that just fell out. I don’t think we spent more than half an hour or so from beginning to end writing it. Even when I recorded it, the vocal is the first and only take. It’s just one of those songs that’s a gift.


Do you think that technology is improving lives? I would certainly give a mixed reaction to that. People spend far too much time on their cell phones. I know I do, but its great technology. I’m grateful for the advancements with recording technology. I have a recording studio in my house where I’ve recorded 10 or 11 albums, some in part, some in whole. I couldn’t have done that 20 years ago.


How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business? Artists certainly don’t need a record company anymore. They can do everything themselves. I’ve really enjoyed making records, releasing them on the various platforms and waiting for those high moments. It takes time to learn the ropes of how best to promote, plan shows, and try and recoup your expenses and generate an income. It’s not easy, but it’s fun.

Do you agree with the Pigeon? Of course I agree with the Pigeon. He’s hopefully going to give me a great review!



Review

"There You Were" begins with an excellent melodic guitar bridge that immediately draws you into Barry's natural adventures. The whole single has a highly rustic aesthetic that encourages contact with nature and interaction (especially in love) with your crush. Halfway through the track, background vocals come in and set the six-string on fire, making it even more epic and proving that this indie production with instantly memorable catchy choruses still has more wood to burn!


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