• AspireToEmpire


Wait, Barry, you live in Germany and Malaysia?! That doesn't sound too shabby!!

Hi Barry! Great to have you here!

Thanks again for asking, very much appreciated!

Where are you currently located?

Basically, I live between Frankfurt, Germany & Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, my family is pretty much there all the time and I am there nearly 4 months of the year except this year due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. I came to Frankfurt a long time ago and have my main business base here.

When did you become a music lover and what does music bring to your life?

As I kid I was fascinated with music from an early age and especially loved vocal harmonies. I have always loved bands with three-part harmonies and that kind of grew on me to the stage where I often use it in my own music. I suppose music is a kind of therapy which helps to enjoy your lives but also to help us in difficult times. Music has helped me especially in times of bereavement.

When did you know that you wanted to make music your career?

I was never sure I would just stick 100 % to music but after 15 years on the road I took on a more normal life. In the meantime, I have now gone back to the music as a solo artist which I never planned to do. It was especially challenging at the beginning as I had really limited technical recording and marketing knowledge, however, I feel more relaxed every day learning all the different facets of the Indie music business.

How do you balance artist life and normal life?

I manage quite well with my other business interests & regular sports, although I do miss tennis due to the lockdowns. Can’t wait to get back on the court once again.

What have been your greatest achievements as an artist thus far?

1. Releasing two solo albums

2. Having people actually writing to me telling me how much they enjoy listening. Folks actually asking about my lyrics and how I write.

3. A steadily building audience on Instagram & Youtube.

Who has been your greatest motivator as an artist?

Well I have had about five or six people in my musical life who have influenced, supported, shown me the way, etc. And I am very grateful for this support. But I also have to mention my dear wife & daughter who (despite me being just dad) are my biggest fans & inspiration.

How can we stay up to date with your latest happenings?

Well, I spend most of my social media time on Instagram:

Also, check out my YouTube channel!

Thank you for your time!

Thank you so much and wishing y’all a very merry Xmas & a happy 2021. I know 2020 was a challenging year but think about how your elders, grandparents, etc. have had much worse crises, like wars and hunger; compared to that maybe staying home, having enough to eat, and having a warm, clean home to live in ain’t so bad. And we also have Netflix, so take care everyone!

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