Welcome to drewbarnes.com; it's where my roots-rock music lives!
I am happy to be an indie/alternative roots-rock music artist. The undeniable
creativity of indie music inspires me to keep on writing songs and putting it out there!
I've got a story.
When I was 20, I got in a bad car crash. I was out
for 3 days. I woke to a world I did not recognize. I woke
with a commitment to spend my life creating music. That's
what I've been doing since!
pay my bills, I have been working my intensely unpredictable 'daytime job' in
the infamous Granville Street Entertainment District, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Canada. It's
a District that harbours a lot of inspiration for songs! When
you hear someone say "I've seen it all!" well, ...
and sing about things that are real to me. I'm a happy person
and feel bad for unhappy people. I hope that hearing my music
can make them happy!
As a kid, I was greatly influenced by the punk-rock rebel and the energy of 'New Wave' groundbreakers
Blondie, Cheap Trick, Talking Heads and other bands of the
late '70's early '80's. The folk rock of Neil Young and Bob Dylan
got me hooked on lyrics. Today Ed Sheeran, Vance
Joy, and Jack Johnson are a few singer/songwriters carrying on
with the 'acoustic-roots' groove that are my roots.
music of contemporary artists Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, and
Imagine Dragons to name a few, all have a positive
influence on my music.
In breaking with tradition, my music bridges styles from pop, to folk, to rock and blues!
has always been natural to me; instinctive!
have had many great reviews including:
Barnes adds to the rich music scene in this city!" (Maple
in lyrical imagery" (the Vancouver Sun)
of the best indie artists out there."(Indie Cafe)
songs have a power of their own." (Westender)
pop hooks" (Vancouver Courier)
Morrison vibe" (Recording Magazine)