theaussieword.com catches up with the very talented Casey Barnes for an exclusive interview!
What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin? Hi guys – well my name is Casey Barnes and I’m a singer-songwriter. It all began for me back in my old home state of Tasmania playing in pubs and clubs around Launceston before I moved to Queensland back in 1999. I’ve always loved music and been playing since I was a kid.
What had you first interested in music? My Mum to be honest… playing old Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor and Gerry Rafferty albums growing up…. Music was always in the home.
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music? Of late its been my good friend ‘Rick Price’ (Heaven Knows/Not A Day Goes By). We met in Nashville 2 years ago and instantly formed a friendship… we’ve been working and writing together ever since.
Do you have any planned tours coming up? Yes my new single ‘Valentine’ comes out Jan 31st and I’ll be doing shows in Queensland then it off to Tassie just after we perform the song on Sunrise.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? I’d love my first number 1 here in Australia then I’d love a crack at the States.. I’ve been travelling back and forth for the past few years and love it!
What can fans expect from you in the coming months? Lots more new music and live shows…I’ve got this new single then the EP wont be far after that!
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far? Persistence and NEVER giving up. My career highlight by far has been opening for Bryan Adams for A Day On The Green.. just an incredible experience!
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Ed Sheeran for some reason at the moment is really inspiring to me. To think a couple of years ago he was struggling and doing local gigs but with the right song and support behind him he’s become an international superstar. He always believed and that’s the key.
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans? A real mix but of late I’m steering towards the acoustic folk/singer songwriter genre and loving it.
What can you tell us about your latest album? The current album is called ‘Jet Trails’ which I released last year… recorded here in Australia, Nashville and New York. Its been my favourite release to date
Are there any new exciting projects in the works? Always…. Got lots of secrets up the sleeve this year so you’ll have to stay tuned!
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? Good question… I’d like to think still making great music that stands the test of time.. with a loyal fan base behind me.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Rick Price – for obvious reasons. I love so many Ausssie artists… Guy Sebastian is just a freak, Stan Walker, Daryl Braithwaite, Sia, Bernard Fanning, Hayley Warner.. the list goes on.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? Social media is just huge now and to be honest I’m addicted ha ha… the industry is constantly changing and you’ve just got to adapt not fight it. If it’s a good song you really do have a chance of getting it out there these days.
Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today? Just a huge thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully you’ll be intrigued enough to maybe go and discover some of my music… if you get the chance make sure you check out the new music video on YouTube for ‘Valentine’. Much love