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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST PATRICK BARRY

Hiya Patrick, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I have always loved to sing, I’m told as early as 3 years old I would just sing all day.  I loved seeing my Dad on stage as a kid in various plays and musicals, so storytelling and performance really just spoke to me.

Introduce us to yourself and your musical history!

I have been a lifelong performer, starting with the church choir and school musicals.  I was very into Motown, but the first rock concert I attended was Weezer at the Harro East Ballroom in Rochester NY in 1996 and I was hooked.  I met Rivers Cuomo after that show and from that point on I wanted to be in a band.  

For the next few decades, I had various cover bands, alt-rock bands with my brothers and various friends as well as americana, roots rock endeavours.  We supported some big acts and honed our skills in songwriting, performing, and touring.  I think so fondly of those days and the experiences and memories I shared with those supporting each other to chase our dreams.  

Now I would call myself a singer songwriter with personal lyrics, passionate vocals and a 90’s alternative pop sensibly.  

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?

I used to worry about “making it” as if it was a clear destination or checkpoint.  These days I just enjoy the journey and focus on being grateful.  

How have your song writing skills developed over time?

I have always been more production centered…I think because of insecurity…but I am working towards letting the words, playing and my voice stands on their own.  I’m not there yet, but I’m trying.

What are your thoughts on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

As an artist from the early 2000’s pressing my own CDs…the distribution is AMAZING.  People just need some kind of reason to check you out, but the access is instantaneous.  I know I won’t make barely any money off it, but the access to prospective fans makes it OK in my book at this stage in my career.  

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

Not really.  



Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

That’s way too long (and embarrassing) of a list to share.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Getting rained out at an outdoor festival is the worst.  The fans are disappointed, I’m disappointed…mainly because we know what the show could have been. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I spent 6 years serving in the US Marine Corps

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I’ve spent years really focusing on trying to be as honest as possible.  With my voice, my delivery, my lyrics and with my live performance.  It has helped me define myself as the artist I am.  This allows me to be more confident and grateful for whatever comes my way from it.   

I hear you have a new single out, ‘You Got It, what can you tell us about it?

I remember hearing for the first time when I was an 8 year old…and it’s stuck with me ever since.  What makes it even more special is that it is the recording debut of my 17-year-old stepson Judah on bass.   I also only realised recently that Tom Petty (my wife walked down the aisle to “Here Comes My Girl” if that tells you the kind of fans we are) co-wrote the song with Roy and Jeff Lynne during the Traveling Willbury’s era.  It was released posthumously on January 3, 1989, after Orbison’s death from a heart attack on December 6, 1988.

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

I wanted to stay pretty true to the original while still adding my take to it.  Roy has an iconic voice and I don’t pretend to match or beat his version, but it was an important enough song to me to record.  I find it sad that he recorded it and then never really got to perform it much due to his passing, so performing it now brings me some joy in having it live on.  

What was the recording process like?

I recorded it all in my studio here in High Point, NC.  

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not yet, but eventually, I will.  That’s a given 🙂

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