to play, live for today! Welcome to drewbarnes.com; it's where my music lives.
I am happy to be an indie/alternative music artist. The undeniable
creativity of indie music inspires me to keep on writing songs and, putting it out there!
Let me tell you my story.
a very young man I survived a bad car crash. I was unconscious
for 3 days. I woke into a world I did not recognize. I woke
with a committment to spend my life creating music. That's
what I've been doing, and continue to do all these years later!
pay my bills I have been working my 'daytime job' in
the sometimes infamous Entertainment District on neon-lit
Granville Street, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Canada. It's
an area that harbours a lot of inspiration for songs! When
you hear someone say "I've seen it all!" well, ...
I pretty much have!
a singer-songwriter who wears my emotions on my sleeve! I write
and sing about things that I see and feel. I'm a happy person
and, feel bad for unhappy people. I hope that hearing my music
can make them happy!
I was just a kid, I was greatly influenced by the rebellious attitude
of punk-rock and, the energetic sound of 'New Wave' groundbreakers
Blondie, Cheap Trick, Talking Heads and many other bands of the
late '70's early '80's. The folk rock of Neil Young and Bob Dylan
got me hooked on the power of 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 but a few, are all having a positive
influence on my music.
own music bridges styles from pop, to folk, to rock and blues!
has always come naturally to me; instinctive one might say!
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)