INTERVIEW: Barbera

Hi Barbera, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi, thank you for this interview, I appreciate your invitation.   I´ve been doing well, thank you for asking. In this unusual time for everyone I do my best to be fine.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stay”?

The single “Stay” is my debut single. It was originally written as a duet but because it was recorded during the pandemic and I am Czech, I had to work abroad and manage the distance between Europe and the USA.

The song has a positive and sad story. It is about two people who love each other very deeply but they are in some kind of in and out relationship, and for some reason, the relationship cannot work. When they are not together they miss each other, but when they are together, the relation fails. So, one day they decide to end it, because they know it’s not going anywhere.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song was written by  singer-songwriter Claudio Maselli (Clide) and singer – composer and violinist Wanja Janeva, produced by Los Angeles-based producer, composer and keyboardist Ryan Benyo.

I chose the song because I immediately felt connected to the lyrics and to the story. It reminded me of something similar that happened in my life so I was invested in the story. I do write my own songs as well, but my first song was written by those great artists.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We would like to do the acoustic version of the song and probably also the official video. For now, the song has a lyric video so we would like to bring to people also some other perspective how they perceive the song, how they can connect to it; I think the story deserves it. 

How was the recording and writing process?

It was not easy because we had to manage the distance between Europe and USA and when the  USA had a lockdown, we couldn´t record it and work on the song in the studio and the same was thing here.

But we had to find some safe and comfortable way how to manage all the obstacles and not waste more time, fortunately we did it and the song is out.

How did the pandemic influence this song?

It did influence the process of making it a lot, because it was planned that I will fly to the USA to work on the song directly there with producers in Los Angeles but that didn’t happen unfortunately. So, it was recorded in Czech Republic but written, produced and mixed in the USA.

What was it like to record and write this between the US and Europe?

It was great; I enjoyed it and appreciated it, and in normal circumstances it wouldn´t have been so difficult, but we had to manage the many obstacles and some technical issues that we didn´t expect. Fortunately, we finished everything and we are happy with the result. Nothing in life is easy and sometimes it there’s something unexpected in our lives and we have to manage it somehow; we have to fight and we have to do our best.

What role does Central Europe play in your music?

Generally, I wouldn´t say that it plays a role from where I’m from. I come from Prague, but I work mostly with people abroad.

My music is not about places it will be more about stories and emotions. My music is more influenced by international environment, I would say.

How has Dido and Sia influenced your writing?

I love both of them, they are great singers and songwriters, but I don´t know if they influenced my writing. Of course, I try to get some inspiration, but it´s more about what they say, what their music is about, that they are real, their songs bring some emotions, and the story—make sure people can connect to it.

I am trying to find a way to express my emotions and experiences, and my own stories, so that I can help someone or help people find themselves in the stories or experiences.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I am working on myself, learning, developing, creating the team, writing the new ideas for songs. It is not an easy process, but I already managed a lot, and I am surrounded by the right people so yes, I will do my best to bring some new songs soon,g  just after we finish workin on “Stay’ and what we have planned. I just want to do music, that´s my life, that´s where I feel myself, comfortable and home.

What else is happening next in Barbera’s world?

Currently, it’s all about making the music, working on myself, and moving forward.

Thank you very much for the interview, I do really appreciate it.  Wish you the best and stay safe!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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