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Barefoot Magicians – Hangin’ On

 

ARTIST NAME: Barefoot Magicians

 

SONG TITLE: Hangin’ On

 

ALBUM TITLE: Hangin’ On

 

RELEASE DATE: 09/04/2020

 

GENRE: Modern Groovy Dance Blues

 

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Barefoot Magicians formed in early 2017 after a recording session in Dublin’s prestigious Windmill Lane Studios.

 

The band dedicates itself to writing and performing original material based around a blues groove, or as producer Alwyn Walker formerly of Westland Studios called it, “A Post Blues Groove.”

 

The band have also been described as “Completely Consuming” – Indie Buddie August 2018.

 

 

The band recorded ‘The Awakening’ EP, composing of 3 tracks, The Awakening, Cruel Mistress, and Rider in early 2018 and recorded an additional 2 songs with producer Kieran Lane at Hellfire Studios in Dublin which were released in early 2019. ‘Hangin’ On’ The latest EP from Barefoot Magicians, produced by Kieran Lane is out now.


“Barefoot Magicians pack a lot of power into this well balanced three-track EP. This band’s modern blues-rock has charm, character, and oodles of wonderful melodies and embellishments. They are building their sound superbly bringing what they achieved with their ‘The Awakening’ EP and fleshing it out, carving their own sound and brand meticulously to create something quite invigorating”

–      Indie Buddie 2020.

 

“An exciting band with a bright future”

–      FVMusicBlog 2020.

 

“Hangin On’…an indie dance/pop/blues rock extravaganza”

–      Bayview Sounds 2020.

 

 


Members include Dave Greene on harmonica and vocals, Graham Stewart on Guitars, Brian Steemers on drums and percussion, Paraic Carroll on Bass and Petra žižak on Keys and Mandolin.

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Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.

Well, it’s a similar process for all the songs, an idea is usually brought forward either a melody or lyrics and we work through that idea and if we feel that we all like the vibe, then we work out a more solidified structure.
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Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.

It’s not about becoming famous or selling more records, it’s about playing live to a wider audience in as many countries as we can. Seeing the world through music.
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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.

We have a small hardcore following which is growing with every gig and new release. The important thing is to keep a captive audience by digging further into our sound and live performances.
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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.

For each of us, it is different but generally, a string of live gigs in a row really absolves any real nerves. The more you play the less the fear.
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Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.
There’s no doubt technology has helped to fine-tune and streamline modern recording processes. The only fear is that there is almost too much perfection in modern recordings showcasing a somewhat unrealistic or unobtainable live sound.

 

There were limitations with tracking on older recordings so emulating the recordings live was generally not a problem. Musicians had to be absolutely at their best, now anything can be fixed, even auto-tuning an average vocal line.
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Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.
We played an outdoor festival where the stage almost blew away and the festival was subsequently closed down for health and safety reasons. Unfortunately, all band members at the time survived the scare without injury so no press coverage.
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Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.
All the lyrics of the EP are a homage to traditional blues. Talking about everyday situations/scenarios and the difficulty we can face in our lives. Frustration vented through song.
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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.

On stage, performing live, in our element.

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Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics, and religion.
We use music to make people feel good, to make us feel good, for the pure passion of it.

 

Musicians should focus on the music and nothing else, using it as a platform from which to preach in any capacity is a slippery slope. People come to hear you play music, give them what they want, not what you think they need to hear.
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Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.

A good song will always be a good song. Sometimes that can take a long time to create, sometimes it happens without trying. Creating music that stands the test of time should be the goal of any band, it is for us! Have we found that song yet? We don’t think so, but we are building towards it.
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List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.

Any person who has taken that decision to write their own music and then walk on stage to perform it is a legend. It’s not easy being a musician, particularly when it comes to that first live performance, but taking that initial step in our opinion opens the door to legendary status.

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.

Immoral.

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Tell us your favourite books and state your reason.

There’s just too many to list off. Our frontman Dave Greene is currently re-reading ‘1984’ by George Orwell and says it deserves its classic status and is as relevant now as when it was written with the steady impact of social media, the ‘Big Brother’ of the modern world.
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Tell us what triggers your creativity.

The sheer love and passion for music and the enjoyment of performing original material and getting a good reception from that. It’s like an addiction to keep feeding.
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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.

Everyone in the band listens to a broad range of music, incorporating all genres from all corners of the globe. Like a sponge to water, memorizing different ideas, and then collectively squeezing the sponge in the rehearsal room to hopefully generate something new and different all gearing toward a somewhat modern blues sound.

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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.

I think the greatest song we have now is ‘I’m Hooked’ as it’s the most fun to play live and people seem to really enjoy it.
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Tell us how you compose your song.

The EP was composed over a period, between gigs and rehearsals. Ideas that came from gigs and in rehearsal rooms and songwriting sessions. Then usually we book the studio and give ourselves a month to lock down what we think are the best songs to record.
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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

Barefoot Magicians – The song was inspired by a picture of Lead Belly playing acoustic guitar barefooted on some cotton bales. We always thought that Lead Belly was an American folk hero and magical on guitar in those times. So Barefooted and Magical became Barefoot Magicians.

 

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