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

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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).

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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?
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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?

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  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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North Miami-based artist S0LO has gained a lot of traction for his latest single “Nina Simone”

S0LO has gained international recognition for his work as an artist. It’s only been recent that anyone has been able to find his music online. S0LO’s role in the music industry usually takes place behind the scenes, however, the creator decided it was time to gain some recognition for his own talents as a musician.

His latest release titled “Nina Simone” has gained a lot of traction for the fast-rising artist. This is a follow-up after his recently released single “Rider” which also gained thousands of streams online. S0LO brings a big-time sound full that runs wild in its creativity to the new song “Nina Simone”.

We had the chance to talk with S0LO in an interview, where he shared his biggest challenges in the music industry and how he managed to reduce overwhelming situations. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think in the comment section.

Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, and where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

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S0LO: My name is S0LO I was born in Brooklyn New York, but I was raised everywhere but in New York. I moved around a lot as a child I lived in Delaware, Georgia, Philly, Florida twice, and even Puerto Rico before we finally decided North Miami was our final stop.   

 

What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

S0LO: Bet the house on yourself and don’t focus on the results focus on the work.

 

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

S0LO: Move like the world is bigger than the streets.

 

What is still your biggest challenge?

S0LO: Putting together a big enough budget to make the impact I truly want to make. 

 

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

S0LO: I feel like the love that I have for music keeps me going I love going in and making something come from nothing and making music for people I feel need to hear what I have to say.

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If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

S0LO: I would probably say Future or Roddy ricch.

 

Talk me through your creative process.

S0LO: Well, my creative process is all about first making sure I’m around “GOOD VIBES!” and then I work with my engineer/producer to come up with a direction I feel like going in then it is off to the harmonies and structure. 

 

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

S0LO: I make sure when I go to the studio I don’t waste time and I get as much done with my time as possible so that the productivity never stops. I make sure I’m in the studio recording every week so I stay on schedule.

 

What are you focusing your time on now?

S0LO: Constantly adding to my catalog and working on releasing more content and music.

 

How do you currently feel about the state of “Your genre” in general?

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S0LO: I feel like it’s always evolving and getting more and more interesting by the day and although at times I feel like a lot of new artist sound alike I feel like change is coming and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on.

 

How can our readers follow you online?

S0LO: They can follow me on:  Instagram: @official_s0lo, Tiktok: @officialsolo_305, YouTube: @Official_S0LO and download my music on all digital streaming platforms.

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Producer YoSixty Is Venturing into the Music World

Dreams don’t work unless you do, follow your dreams wisely as there are millions who work much harder than you do. There are no shortcuts but making a decision at a right time for yourself can only lead you to conquer your dreams faster.

Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard on it, going by the phrase the man in question YoSixty took every part of it seriously and made a fortune out of it. I had a chance to talk to YoSixty and set up a Q&A interview. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think!

Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

My name is YoSixty, I am 19 years old. I come from The Bronx, NY. I have been making music since 2018.

What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

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Some of the best advice I have gotten so far would be to network as much as I can & to try to be as much of a help to anyone who needs it.

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I wouldn’t change anything that I have done because it has led me to where I am now.

What is still your biggest challenge?

One of my biggest challenges is trying to build a bigger audience. I am slowly growing my following but I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn.

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

When things get tough in the music industry, what keeps me going is the love I have for music. It’s the reason I got into this in the first place & the reason that I continue to do what I do.


If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

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If I can open for any artist I would probably go with Travis Scott. due to the fact that I know he’s a great performer.

Talk me through your creative process.

My creative process is an ongoing thing & never stops no matter where I am. I am always thinking of new ideas & styles that I can implement into my work. But when I actually sit down to work, I like to have a clean & neat workspace with some nice lighting to get started. When I’m working with someone else, I like to bounce ideas around the room and build our way up to a final product.

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

As of now, I have a really tight schedule due to having to work my job, work on my music, meet new people at events, & handling my personal life. To keep myself from being overwhelmed, I like to plan out my whole week in advance as much as I can so that I know what I will be doing & when I will be doing it and so that my schedule doesn’t clash. 

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What are you focusing your time on now?

I am focusing my time on collaborating with people & trying to build a social media presence.

How do you currently feel about the state of “Your genre” in general?

I don’t like to put myself only in one genre because I like to do many different things. but if i had to pick a subgenre that I work on the most, it would be drill. I feel like there is a lot of room to grow and experiment, to keep everything interesting and different.

How can our readers follow you online?

They can follow me on instagram: 

https://instagram.com/yosixty?igshid=NzNkNDdiOGI= or subscribe to my youtube channel: https://youtube.com/c/Yo3Sixty

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