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Exclusive interview with Aussie singer/songwriter and actor, Barry Conrad

Photography by Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis

Barry Conrad has had more than a decade of success across the Tasman with musicals, featuring in the movie Sapphires, making the final 12 on X Factor Australia in 2013, and has released numerous singles.

According to Nzherald, Conrad also had a brush with death in 2017. He almost lost his life when he suffered a pulmonary embolism and lost half a lung, and now looks at life through a very different lens. “The doctor told me that if I wasn’t in such good shape, I wouldn’t have survived,” he said.

We had the chance to interview with Aussie singer/songwriter and actor, Barry Conrad, about his background and career. If you aren’t familiar with Barry Conrad.

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  1. Can you tell us what brought you to this specific career path?

 

As a kid, I was always singing, writing, and doing school plays. It just felt right. Deciding to really go for it as a career came later though. It took a second for my self-belief to catch up to my love of it.

 

  1. Can you share something fun or memorable that happened to you since you started this career?

 

I almost got taken out by a helicopter Dwayne Johnson was flying in the film, San Andreas. That’s pretty fun and memorable!

 

  1. Can you share an experience when you were first starting that you learned a lesson from?

 

When I was still living in New Zealand, my friend Elly and I started a production company to put a live music event together. We basically didn’t have any work, so thought we’d create some.

 

We were total rookies, didn’t have much money, and were winging it every step of the way: meeting with sponsors, trying to get artists on board, the whole situation. We’d pack in sandwiches for lunch and drive around Auckland to meetings in Elly’s car, fondly named ‘The Chicken’, which would break down (haha).

 

We did it though and the event went great. The experience taught me the value of hard work and really backing yourself, even when it looks like nothing’s happening. That you don’t need to have everything laid out to achieve something, you just need to start.

 

  1. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you’ve been working on?

 

Most recently a TV show out here in Australia called Neighbours, where I play the character, Kane Jones. And writing and recording new music. You can find my single, Ocean Road, on any of your favorite music streaming platforms.

 

  1. What tips would you recommend to your industry colleagues to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

 

I think it can be tricky because a lot of times with opportunities in showbiz, when it rains it pours and you’ve got to take the work. But it’s important to intentionally make time for breaks and for the things that leave you feeling refreshed. For me, that’s working out, the ocean, going on road trips, and spending time with the people I love. Life can’t just be about work, it’s not healthy. I think you’ve got to fill it with other things that make you happy too.

 

  1. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

 

I’m constantly reminded that success and life, in general, isn’t linear. It’s not just a straight, steady lineup. It’s up, down, all around, and unpredictable. You’re right, it’s extremely challenging, filled with rejection, and isn’t for everyone. But if you know it’s what you’re meant to do, you have to go all-in, invest in yourself and just keep going. Don’t give up.

 

  1. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? 

 

I love to exercise and practice intermittent fasting. Listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks by the ocean. Taking on new recipes in the kitchen. Turning off my phone and getting lost in a great book or film. These are just some of the things I do for self-care that I find really helpful.

 

  1. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started”? 

 

Be yourself.

You don’t need all the answers.

Invest in people who add to your life and want what’s best for you.

Done is better than perfect.

Just relax and have more fun.

 

  1. Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that has been relevant in your life?

 

Be the best version of yourself, for you. That’s not necessarily some pioneering new thought, but it’s something I started saying, especially after almost losing my life a few years back. You owe it to yourself to be the best version of yourself. We only get one shot at life, so why settle for anything less?

 

  1. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? 

 

There are a lot of people I could list, but I’d have to say my beautiful mother and my high school music teacher, Miss Rabin.

 

  1. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

 

I think just bring positive change, wherever you are and whatever that looks like for you. It really costs nothing to be kind and helping someone is the best way to get your mind off yourself while making a positive impact.

 

  1. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

 

Ah, that question’s not fair! We’d be here all day if I listed everyone I’d love to eat with. But one person would be Sir Richard Branson. Have always admired him and what he’s been able to build over the years. A big lunch with him would be pretty awesome!

 

13 How can our readers follow you online?

 

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter at @barry_conrad, on Facebook at facebook.com/barryconradofficial, and on Spotify under my name. Thanks so much for having me.

Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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Exclusive Interview with Danny Hughes (DCPA)

Please describe to our audience how you came about on the music scene and what is the biggest difference between your first piece of music to your latest! 

I was a musician growing up, and I played a few instruments (piano, guitar, trumpet). In high school I took a music production class and fell in love with the software, electronic production methods, song writing and scripting melodies. Although my passion for music took a back seat in college, I always contemplated what role it would play again in my life once I got settled as an accountant in Dallas TX in 2011. From my high school days through 2015 I watched the electronic music scene grow exponentially in the USA. I was always very much into European dance music early on. Eventually I realized that my favorite style of music and the showcase aspect of DJing went hand in hand and it all made sense. I wasn’t meant to remain a classical musician or play guitar in a band, I’m the type to go mad scientist in the studio and mesh all these different sounds together in a unique way, then bring it to a live audience while also sharing great music from other inspiring artists.

Initially, I was producing progressive house and trance instrumentals. I wasn’t too focused on the commercial aspect and had no idea where to find a vocalist or how that process worked. I outsourced some of the production work to a Netherlands based studio and eventually found a roster of vocalists via that outlet. I learned more about songwriting and producing music around existing vocals, enjoying the collaborative aspect. Over time since my first release in 2016 I’ve gotten a lot more flexible as to my style and making it commercial while keeping its integrity. I can thank the EDM stars who preceded me for acclimating society to electro-pop fusion. Lately I’m incorporating pop, electro-house, nu disco, and punk into my 2023 release plan! I’m aiming for the music to be edgy, catchy, and danceable.

What are you doing to push a positive message as the year comes to an end and there is a new beginning coming up with this new year?

I’m always looking to leave the listener feeling understood and empowered with my music. I want them to relate to it and be part of my ‘soul tribe’. It’s important as an artist to have a positive mission statement. We can be highly influential to people we’ll never meet, and in ways we don’t always see. Apart from the music I share, I only put out content with an insightful message, share my life experiences with a tempered mind, or post something funny/wholesome. Viral negativity is a real scourge these days.

Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful for any upcoming changes happening? 

I try to add creative value every day whether it’s many hours on one upcoming song or jumping around to many different ones. I keep a normal sleep schedule and get outside regularly; I stay active and eat well to keep a sharp mind and body. Live gigs are big physical and mental battles and aren’t always routine in nature. So being up to date on the latest music while staying organized with older libraries is important in being ready for anything. I check my gear regularly too, the last thing you want is to show up and your stuff doesn’t work as expected.

Could you talk about a success that happened this year that you would attribute to all your hard work?

I’ve been focused on growing my fanbase and traction on streaming platforms. It’s important that those can grow organically and generate ‘true fans’, not just play counts. Based on the relevant data, my Spotify grew 56% and is getting a lot more of that algorithmic traction, so I’m happy my efforts are paying off. Also, I reached the top 5% in Spotify artist rankings this past Fall for several months, and that was a shock! It really gave me perspective on how far I’ve come. Lastly I charted on iTunes House: Poland for ‘Iconic Love’ and iTunes House: United States for ‘Filmatic – Carefully Together (DCPA Remix)’.

Could you talk about an obstacle that you persevered through?

Times of loneliness are inherent to a music career, usually those are counterbalanced with moments of abundant attention from others. Personally, when going toward my music career, I accepted a reduction of income and really challenged my physical self. It’s a different world than my prior desk job but endlessly fulfilling in so many ways! In addition I’ve used music as a way to revisit past experiences and reconcile/transmute leftover and confusing energies. My latest track ‘I Feel It Too‘ is a perfect example of this.

How do you think these experiences have helped you shape your career and approach your music? 

It’s brought back a grittiness to my life; and though I value the time I spent in a corporate environment, I currently appreciate these new opportunities to fly by night and get out in front of new audiences, sharing my passion for music and a side of myself that was mostly hidden for many years. For a long time I was more reserved with my emotional energy but I’ve realized the value of honest and intense expression in life, spreading light through art and intend to fully embody this in my personal relationships as well.

How do you continue to develop your community of fans over the years? 

Being present and available is important. I see fans as being collaborators on a bigger project. To make that collaboration work, I know I need to show up in conversation and in my actions. By responding to others in a genuine way and appreciating everyone’s time and input, you start to feel a larger community forming around you and feel more significant and motivated in your role as an artist.

Thank you for sharing all your music with us! Can you give us any exclusive on more music coming up?

My next song is called ‘Broken Heart’. The chorus line for this electro-pop-punk track is “Someone tell me how to let it go…I don’t wanna feel this anymore.” Look for this track to drop in February or March 2023!

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Paige Corwin drops a stunning new single, “Better Than That” [Interview]

Paige Corwin

New York singer-songwriter Paige Corwin shares the pop single “Better Than That,” with a pop sound that grabs the attention of many listeners.

“Better Than That” is a neo-soul, pop-crooner record. It is a heart-wrenching tale of dreamt romantic insecurities that turn into reality.

Paige Corwin had a Conversation with us and answered our unique 8 Questions. Check it out below.

HONK: Let’s start by telling us how it all began. What encouraged you to start playing and making music?

Paige Corwin: I have always written songs and ideas, and once I began networking and meeting the right people, they helped turn my ideas into records that have translated into actual releases. I am grateful to all the people I am lucky enough to have worked with so far and am excited for whatever comes next! From day one, the plan has been to be my own artist.

HONK: Talk me through your creative process when you write new music.

Paige Corwin: My creative process begins with creating a beat with my producer that I feel connected to. Once the rhythm has been established, I write the top line inspired by personal life events. 

HONK: Can you tell us about your new single, “Better Than That”? 

Paige Corwin: “Better Than That” is a neo-soul, pop-crooner record. It is a heart-wrenching tale of dreamt romantic insecurities that turn into reality. Make sure to listen to it to get the full story. 😉 

HONK: What do you like most about being a music artist?

Paige Corwin: I firmly believe that music unites people from all walks of life, no matter their differences, and that, for sure, is a beautiful thing! Playing music is soul-fulfilling, an emotional release, and means of self-expression like no other. Connecting with an audience is the best feeling in the world, and I have met so many incredible people along the way. 

HONK: What projects do you have coming up? Can you give us any info on them?

Paige Corwin: I am working on an EP consisting of six tracks, including the intro. Each record will first be released as a single, followed by a music video!

HONK: Do you have any advice for our readers who may be trying to enter the game of music?

Paige Corwin: Don’t let the long, winding path to success get you down. Stay the course, do not deviate, and believe your hard work will eventually pay off. Putting your blood, sweat, and tears into your work and then not receiving the recognition you feel it deserves is hugely discouraging at times, but do not give it up. It is all part of the journey! 

HONK: How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

Paige Corwin: I use the calendar on my phone to set reminders which usually avoids scheduling issues, but when I feel overwhelmed, I take hot yoga classes. Yoga calms me down, clears my head, and grounds me again. 

HONK: Name Three things you can’t live without when recording in the studio.

Paige Corwin: Water, tea with honey, white claws : )

Stream Paige Corwin’s “Better Than That” on Spotify. 

Stay connected with Paige Corwin: Instagram | Facebook | Spotify

 

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