mp3hardplay and anti-pod
proudly presents .......John P Barton@mp3hardplay
John P Barton is a cool independant artist from the USA , mp3hardplay
and anti-pod have had a chat with John and talked about many interesting
John P Barton@mp3hardplay interview
mp3hardplay & anti-pod talks with John P Barton ..........
Elia- Hello John, nice to meet you............
John- Hello Elia, nice to meet you as well. You've got a great
idea going with mp3hardPlay..
Elia- thanks, John we do try our best !,.....tell me in a few
words, how would you describe yourself (music wise)?
John- Developing, exploring, and trying not to sound trite or
clichéd in the process. (Did that sound trite or clichéd?)
Elia- that's ok !, Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy
healthy & enjoyable artistic life according to John P Barton?
John- Time with my girlfriend, Time with my music. Time with my
cats. time away from my music & last but not least time alone !
Elia- If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it
John- Paul McCartney would be great, but I'd probably be too
intimidated by him to actually contribute anything. I'd probably have
better luck working with another unknown like myself.
Elia- What music/artists do you listen to when you are not
playing your own?
John- Obviously I'm into some older stuff: The Beatles, Cheap
Trick, Queen, etc. I like Nora Jones quite a bit, some of the newer rock
stuff really caught my ear: The Killers, The Vines, The Hives, Yeah Yeah
Yeahs, are all a lot of fun to listen to, and seem to have brought
something back into to rock music that has been missing for quite a
Elia- Do you prefer performing live or recording?
John- They are two entirely separate experiences for me.
Recording is actually a part of my writing process, and because of that
I'm usually working alone, with the coffee pot going and a cigarette
burning as I try to find the right words, or the right way to sing them.
Performing is more about trying to draw the audience into your head, but
mostly about just having a good time, enjoying the experience, and
trying to put a smile on their faces.
Elia- Let's talk about your home studio........
John- Everything gets recorded into a computer that I built. I
use a great multi-track program called "n-Tracks" fasoft,
along with a drum sequencer. Electric guitars are done via a POD 2.0,
the bass guitar goes through a SansAmp Bass DI. I've got a few mics and
pre-amps, I really like the Studio Projects C-1 and B-3 microphones, but
you really can't go wrong with just a Shure SM-58. I've also got a small
collection of guitars - in the corner, in the closet, behind the door,
under the bed. You get the picture.
Elia- sure, i know what you mean !, what about the Internet.....
how important is the Internet for an independent artist like John P
John- Without the Internet, I wouldn't be talking to you right
now. The Internet has opened a lot of doors for me; I've made friends
and traded CDs and ideas with people from all around the world.
Elia- How does it feel to have a debut album released?
John- “ Does Not Play Well With Others” took about 18 months
to complete; it was quite a sense of accomplishment when everything was
finally done. I've also learned that sometimes it's much easier to
record an album than it is to convince someone to listen to it for the
first time. Some people seem to have an aversion to listening to
independent artists, almost like they've already convinced themselves
that it can't be any good. On the other hand, I have gotten many, many
positive responses from people that took the time to actually listen to
my music. It feels great!
Elia- What is the biggest challenge you have faced along your
John- Finding people that shared the same sense of commitment and
values that I do. That's why I finally decided to do a solo CD instead
of put together another band.
Elia- You have a nice neat website, do you visit it regularly ?
... Who takes care of johnpbarton.com ?
John- I made it. go there whenever I need to make changes and
Elia- How did you make “ Does Not Play Well With Others” ...
it's your own recording, did you master it all yourself?
John- I did the entire recording, mixing, and mastering in my
Elia- You did the artwork and press the disc as well?
John- To remain consistant with the theme of the album, I felt
that it was necessary for me to do everything, including the artwork and
cover design. OasisCD.com pressed the CD.
Elia- Is there anything you would like to say about yourself that
few people may know about yourself?
John- Sometimes I wonder if the entire universe, including all of
us, has been created only a fraction of a second ago, and that all of
our memories are fake ones that were implanted into our heads to make us
think that we had been around for a long time, but in reality we were
only a few seconds old, and then I wonder if that were true, would we
know the difference? Would it matter ? Most people are probably better
off not knowing that about me.
Elia- Do you have a portable mp3 player ?
John- I bought my girlfriend a 40G iPod for Christmas, and she loves it.
Unfortunately, she's loaded a bunch of her favorite Broadway-show-tunes
on the thing and likes to torture me when we're in the car. I get even
with her by playing my Rob Zombie CD.
Elia- What's next?
John- I'm about halfway finished writing my next release.
However, this time I'm going to get several friends of mine to make
various appearances on the recordings. Maybe I should call it
"Plays well with others"!
I'm also playing bass with some friends of mine a
couple of times a month. It's good to play a bunch of
fun cover songs just to let loose every now and then.
Elia- Ok John, thanks for talking to us & don't forget to
update us with your latest news and projects !
John- Stop by my website johnpbarton.com , add your name to the
mailing list, and I'll keep you updated. .And sign the guest book while
Elia- Ok i will, don't forget to sign the one we have here too
John- sure, I hope that your readers enjoy the tracks I've
offered for download, and would appreciate if they could leave a short
one or two line review at my Cdbaby.com site....
Thanks for your time, Elia, and best of luck with Mp3hardPlay!
Elia- thank you John