INTERVIEW: Barry Rock
Hi Barry, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great and loving life.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Closer”/ Did any event inspire you to write this song?
The song closer was inspired by my girlfriend who has become a Little distant from me due to personal differences and stress between us. I wrote this song to express my feelings about that and to maybe win her back.
How was the filming experience?
The filming experience of the music video was awesome. We spent the day at historic Coney Island which has a multi diverse crowd and a great history. Also did filming at evolution studios out in eastern Long Island where I met several members of the group Foreigner Who are rehearsing for a big show at Jones Beach theater in Long Island. The director Tony Deville was great to work with and had phenomenal ideas.
How was the recording process?
The recording process was a lot of fun for the song went quickly and easily, and all the musicians who played on it wrote amazing pieces for their individual parts.
How has The Beatles and Billy Joel influenced your writing?
As a kid growing up listening to the Beatles, Billy Joel, the cars etc. I always noticed how all of their songs had great “hooks” to them. And some of them would give me the chills listening to them. I always wanted to emulate that kind of feel to people who would listen to my music. So I work extra hard on creating those type of hooks.
What role does NYC play in your music?
Growing up in New York City musicians and songwriters always have some kind of edge in their music which seems to be an extension of their personalities. So I guess I have a little edginess and my style of writing and performing.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
CD called “closer” same as the video has just been released today actually available on iTunes for purchase. The 10 song CD is also on Spotify and dozens of other outlets and getting incredible reviews.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not any exact plans to hit the road as of yet but that’s always in our conversation. Have been doing local gigs in New York City and getting a game plan together for future shows.
What else is happening next in Barry Rock’s world?
I’ll keep being physically active as well as mentally active and currently writing more songs and have plans to go into the studio to record one of the new ones in several weeks down the road.
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