Read on for the final part of the interview with Barry Starlin from SoundzAbout.
Here you will learn all there is to know about his background in music. Of course, you can learn more about the company itself in the first part of the interview.
MUSIC & YOU
When did you become interested in music? What was the first album or single you ever purchased?
I am the last of five music kids so I was born into it. My earliest memories of being alive were of me and my family gathered around the piano playing and singing songs. My older brother and three sisters were teenagers in the 70’s. They were a part of the whole scene. Even better is the fact that they exposed me to everything from country to rock to pop, and growing up in Georgia – home of James Brown, Otis Redding, Allman Brothers and so many legends was also an influence in such a multi-cultural environment. But, it was when I was six years old and saw Johnny Cash on television that I decided what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. When I was ten, my brother and my oldest sisters husband hooked me up with guitars and I was hooked.
Are you in a band yourself, or have you been in a band in the past? Is there a clip on YouTube or elsewhere we could watch?
Yes I am. Currently I’m performing, writing and producing with a lot of different bands, artists and vocalists. You can check out some of them at www.reverbnation.com/starlin. I’m also currently recording a catalog of songs I have written. Some will be published through ASCAP with the intention of major artists recording them and some will wind up on my upcoming solo release. I’m all over YouTube, but one of my favorite things recently posted was a live show in Shanghai in 2006. I’m the one playing the white Les Paul. Viewers should watch the video till the end so they can see the size of crowds we played to in Asia! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5H0CE-iVts)
Musical likes and dislikes? Favorite artists?
I like artists who are original, creative, and innovative and are an inspiration in some way to their audience.
Dislikes – Bands and artists who are unoriginal and whose music makes no difference.
Favorite Artists: Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, The Who, Aretha Franklin, Sade, Prince, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, KISS, The Smithereens and believe it or not – Lady Gaga. (Yes, eclectic I know)
If you had to name the song that moves you the most, what would it be? Can you pinpoint the reason why?
“Let it Be” by the Beatles. Why it moves me pretty much speaks for itself – it’s a song of hope, and we all need hope.
Is there a song that – to you – captures the spirit of your startup and what you have set out to do? What would it be?
“Rock and Roll All Night” by Kiss, because it’s fun, and we want the students, teachers and administrators to have access not only to good background music but also to that which is the most cutting-edge. And, we at Soundzabound want to have fun making it happen.