Randy Barley Station indie artist

“Everyone is unique and has something special about them that reflects in their music. ‘I’ve Got news’ is about learning to have thick skin and not worrying about what other people say. I have you, we have each other now, and that’s all that matters. ” Randy @BarleyStation

 

Listen in live interview August 26 8:20 pm et : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2015/08/27/episode-251-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoCATCHING UP WITH RANDY WAYNE BELT
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

I’ve Got News…
In essence, the song is about learning to have thick skin and not worrying about what other people say, or gossip, or rumors that can be hurtful. The line “I’ve got you, and that’s gonna do it” is a way of saying, “No matter what people say, don’t let it affect you, because I have you, we have each other now, and that’s all that matters. Or to put it in other words mildly, “everyone can just go jump in a lake”.

The process of putting the song together was interesting for me because I was using a little different format. Instead of a sing-songy chorus I used more of a tagline-type approach with guitar riffs on the in between to drive it home. It’s really more of a rhythm based song at it’s core.

Doing the vocals was challenging because when I laid them down I was recovering from having lost my voice and was still getting it back. The result was a somewhat gritty type vocal performance, not unlike I have done before, but this time it was something that couldn’t be helped, but it really works with this song. I guess, behind the scenes, (isn’t this a behind the scenes interview? haha) it was an example of taking advantage of and making the most of a bad situation and making it work FOR you instead of against you.

https://soundcloud.com/barleystation/ive-got-news

 

The song gave a number of challenges in getting it right. As a perfectionist, it has to be just right you know. I knew it needed this or that, but couldn’t right away figure out what “this or that” was. I had to wait for it to hit me. And there are times when you just have to walk away from it for a while and go back to it with a fresh view. I did that. Because after being aggravated with the song for awhile, I realized I needed to think outside of the box more.

And then, the guitar sounds and bits and pieces all had to be carefully EQd and mixed so as not to hog up all those frequencies that you find guitars on. And my bass, being a semi-hollow body bass, is always a pain to EQ and getting it to set in the mix right is always a challenge, but I love a good challenge. It has a LOT of low end and can easily steal frequencies from vocals and drums and other low end sounds. So I’ve got to be careful in mixing and that bass guitar is sort of a signature sound for Barley Station. (Listen to the clip: https://www.reverbnation.com/barleystation/song/23992504-ive-got-news-clip )

In essence, the song is about learning to have thick skin and not worrying about what other people say, or gossip, or rumors that can be hurtful. The line “I’ve got you, and that’s gonna do it” is a way of saying, “No matter what people say, don’t let it affect you, because I have you, we have each other now, and that’s all that matters. Or to put it in other words mildly, “everyone can just go jump in a lake”.

The process of putting the song together was interesting for me because I was using a little different format. Instead of a sing-songy chorus I used more of a tagline-type approach with guitar riffs on the in-betweens to drive it home. It’s really more of a rhythm based song at it’s core.

Doing the vocals was challenging because when I laid them down I was recovering from having lost my voice and was still getting it back. The result was a somewhat gritty type vocal performance, not unlike I have done before, but this time it was something that couldn’t be helped, but it really works with this song. I guess, behind the scenes, (isn’t this a behind the scenes interview? haha) it was an example of taking advantage of and making the most of a bad situation and making it work FOR you instead of against you.

The song gave a number of challenges in getting it right. As a perfectionist, it has to be just right you know. I knew it needed this or that, but couldn’t right away figure out what “this or that” was. I had to wait for it to hit me. And there are times when you just have to walk away from it for a while and go back to it with a fresh view. I did that. Because after being aggravated with the song for awhile, I realized I needed to think outside of the box more.

And then, the guitar sounds and bits and pieces all had to be carefully EQd and mixed so as not to hog up all those frequencies that you find guitars on. And my bass, being a semi-hollow body bass, is always a pain to EQ and getting it to set in the mix right is always a challenge, but I love a good challenge. It has a LOT of low end and can easily steal frequencies from vocals and drums and other low end sounds. So I’ve got to be careful in mixing and that bass guitar is sort of a signature sound for Barley Station.

 

Music Video…
there will be a lyric video soon I hope. As you know, I do music reviews/interviews/music journalism on the side, not only for artists in the A.V.A. Live Radio network but also as a contributor to Starlight Music Chronicles based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. And one of the artists I reviewed and interviewed there, Canadian recording artist Dan Davidson, has a totally fantastic lyrics video for his new single “Unkiss Her”.

When I talked to him about it I learned he made it himself and I told him it was so good I felt it set a new standard for lyrics videos. I told him I was borrowing some of his ideas! We chatted about how lyrics videos are a great idea for Indie artists with low to no budgets and how important it is to just get that song out there. And that’s so true! But an official type video? Maybe. We’ll see!

So “I’ve Got News” is turning out to be an appropriate title.
After only 4 days on the N1M (Number One Music) charts “I’ve Got News” has broken all of our previous records and popped up to #2 in the U.S.

And there’s other good news for it. The song was recently accepted to be on Bongo Boy Records
Compilation CD Volume 7 and it will be actively marketed to Asia via Bongo Boy Records with distribution with promotions in Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, mainland China and more). It’s another great door opening for Barley Station

 

One of my favorite past times is…
doing music reviews, as you may know. I don’t get to do as many as I’d like because, for me, it is very time consuming and I get so into it and learn as much as I can about each artist before I even start to write. I like to review things that just strike me as super special. I’ll do hours of research and then spend time contemplating how to approach the review and interview. When I can, I like to interview the artists as well and always think of a unique approach to letting people get to know the artist.

Everyone is unique and has something special about them and their music reflects that. And that’s how I approach it. I like to look for an angle. The questions I ask myself are things like: What is this artist all about? What makes them unique? Do they have a story to tell? A lot of artists are introverts and it can be hard to get it out of them. But being chiefly an introvert myself, I can usually find what makes people tick and I am easy to talk to, because I can relate. I think a lot of artists are like that, and best express themselves through their art and music.

I first got into this some years ago when I published a review for another artist that was on the same roster with my band at a radio promo company. I just did it for fun, but they liked it so much I ended up doing more, and it helped pay my way for promos. And I found I was pretty good at it. So now I’m doing stuff for various publications and blogs, etc., mostly freelance, as I am fiercely independent and don’t like people calling the shots on what I write.

 

On the Horizon…
Besides the newest single, there are more lined up. I think the approach I will be taking will be to just keep putting out more singles at intervals and then before the end of the year or so, put them all together on the new album (an EP) perhaps with a couple unreleased songs. The first one will be an EP titled “Back There Somewhere” (and the artwork is already done and waiting) I may do this in volumes, like Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 rather than make fans wait long periods of time for full length studio LPs.

 

With music industry business models always changing…
and no one perfect formula for today, I think it’s rather up to the artist to figure out what to do. I think going with always keeping fresh content is the best business model for today’s industry. Whereas this latest single “I’ve Got News” is a very earthy song, and reflects that both in its vocal delivery and the instrumentation, the next single is a song titled “Double Star” and is quite the opposite. “Double Star” is a more spacey and airy song with a completely different vocal delivery that reflects the more ethereal mood and subject of that song.

I won’t give that one away yet, but as always, with Barley Station, you just never know what you’ll get, but you always know it will be good and we make sure it is worth the wait. So watch for more singles to keep popping out and dropping, because there’s a lot of stuff in the works!

 

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