Dara

Barry-Hayes

Interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you and how did your can start and get to where it is today?

I always wanted to be a musician from a very early age, to create something from nothing - it was always a dream but the dream was forgotten as I got older and I went to college, got a job, got married, had kids then at 41 I thought lets tick this off the bucket list

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

I seem to gravitate towards singer songwriters - early inspirations were Glen Hansard and lately I have been listening to alot of Ron Sexsmith. Its simple songwriting but incredibly smartly written with melodies that seem like they have been here forever. Music like this inspires me to write and search for melodies that havent been found yet

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

Music is not my day job - I do have a real job in the background. It's a shame saying that as id love to be able to have a career in music but I don't feel in the current climate its achievable

I played guitar from the ages of 13 to 18 but then stopped completely for around 15 or so years - now i'm back playing and trying to learn piano too

i have a wife, three kids, a little dog and a goldfish - we live by the sea in Skerries, Ireland and I think its a wonderful place to bring up your kids

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

Good question - I think it would have to be in Limerick which is in the South West of Ireland - I was born there and I think it's where i'd love to be able to play one day - possibly in Dolans Warehouse - which come to think of it is the only real venue - for shame

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

Musically its my EP 'Bright Clouds'. It was written and recorded over a few months in 2020. It was a challenge as I had to get to grips with all aspects of writing and producing (fantastic help along the way from Lovecrime and Silvaband) and with everything that comes with a busy house but it reinvigorated me and it gave me more purpose I think - more than I had felt in a while - it was therapy. I want to do more - i have better songs and now i feel i have more production knowledge etc to do better next time

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

My Granny always said you are not better than anyone else but no one is better than you. its how I view the world now

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

I try and swim a bit in the sea - I need to do it more often. Like everyone with young kids your life is pretty much chasing them around but when I do have time i like to watch Netflix and more often that not Logic Pro X demos on youtube

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

Like everything there is good and bad. It can be the only tool you have to build a profile so it's essential for an Independent but at the same time the negativity or just ambivalence can hurt especially if you put your heart and soul into something. It serves it purpose i think but sometimes you need a thick skin

What would your ideal day consist of?

Oh well look - a day of writing and creating I think would be my ideal. lovely coffee on the brew - just taking the time to get things right - no pressure or time constraints. peace and quiet - it will never happen but one can dream

What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?

Luckily we have not been directly impacted in terms of someone we know getting really sick but it's been a tragic and horrendous year for a lot of people. For me its allowed me to reflect and get things done that I probably would never have. I have had bad days like everyone where i lacked motivation and felt like the world was caving in but id say to anyone that you are allowed your bad days - it's completely natural in the times we are in and we need to be compassionate to ourselves more - bad days will happen but brighter days are ahead

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

The Bangles Eternal Flame - fell in love with the melody. First time a song literally moved me. Im a sucker for a glorious hook now as a result

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

Some singles i think - search for the holy grail of a Spotify editorial playlist