Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Barry: Shinedown came from a picture that was hanging in our original bass players house and it was painted by a mutual friend of ours.
Our singer thought it would be cool to have a light shining down on it and at that time we were looking for band names and it became
short to Shinedown, and it fit our lyrics and our style and things like that.
Katrina: What have you learned while touring?
Barry: Lots of things, don’t eat anything that smells funny, carry an extra pair of socks and underwear at all times, and your luggage will
get lost eventually.
Katrina: Who were your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Barry: They change on a daily basis honestly. There is a lot of great music out there. Growing up it was probably Iron Maiden, Led
Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Police, Faith No More, that’s probably the main ones. Mitch Mitchell from Hendrix, John Starks and Clyde
Stubblefield which were the drummers for James Brown, a lot of soul music had great drumming in it. So a lot of those things influenced
me but it depends on the day. Some days I’m listening to some old stuff that I really enjoy, then sometimes I get inspired like recently I’ve
been looking into the new Sevendust record, the new Crash Karma record, and I’m just floored by both of them. If you have great
musicians you have great music so it really does change on a daily basis. If it’s good music I’ll listen to it.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Barry: Our ideas come from everyday life, if you listen to our record it’s autobiographical. It talks about what we’ve went through in
between records. We all write our songs and usually they start on a acoustic guitar most of the time, but it can start with a drum or guitar
idea. Every song is written differently.
Katrina: What is your favorite venue to play?
Barry: I like any place that’s sold out honestly. If the crowds good I’ll play. I enjoy the small clubs, I like big arenas, I like a good hot
summer day playing outside in a amphitheatre. They are all a lot of fun, they’re all different. There’s different advantages and
disadvantages to each venue. If the crowds going nuts that’s all that matters.
Katrina: What do you think makes a good live show?
Barry: Aside from the fans giving us feedback, being able to look into their eyes and know that they’re enjoying themselves and they feel
something and the band itself is playing well together that day. We’ve had some of those days where nobody can do anything wrong,
your just playing as a band. That’s a great feeling on stage. You look forward to those days.
Katrina: Have you noticed a difference in fans throughout the world with what songs they want to hear?
Barry: There tends to be a little bit of a difference I think with Canada we haven’t been there that much so they like to hear a lot of the
newer stuff. There will be a diehard fan in the back of the audience that screams out some obscure song off one of the first records and
you’re like wow they actually paid attention. When you get into the states, they have heard all three records so we can play just about
everything, they know the songs which is really cool. And when you get into Europe and Germany they tend to be into the heavier stuff.
Canadians like more of the pop stuff. Over there (Europe) they are more open to all styles of music so that’s what we play. Like on stage
with Meshuggah, us on another stage and Katy Perry on another stage and some rap artist on another stage all at the same festival. They
are more open to listen to lots of different styles of music and they don’t pigeon-hole themselves into a category they just don’t do that. It’
s different everywhere you go, it’s a lot of fun no matter what.
Katrina: What is your favorite song to perform?
Barry: “The Crow And The Butterfly” actually is my favorite one. It’s not very technical, it just feels good to play so that’s important.
Katrina: What is your most memorable moment?
Barry: I’ve got a lot of good memories. The two that stick out in my mind are one when we toured with Van Halen and that was probably
one of the best moments in my life being able to tour with legends and people that I looked up to. They were so cool to us, they were really
nice people individually. Second from that this is the first time that we’ve been able to tour outside of the country. In Europe there was one
day off we had in Milan and we’ve never been there before and the Friday happened to be an extra holiday so everything was closed for
the most part. So we were wondering around town and ended up in the downtown square called the Duomo where the Cathedral is and
they have this bar/restaurant and we sat down and were there for probably eight to ten hours drinking beer and just sit and watch the sun
set. That was a memorable moment, it was beautiful.
Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?
Barry: Work hard, don’t give up. I mean there is no rule of thumb or golden ticket, write good songs , and play from the heart, the best is
don’t give up. It’s not easy and you won’t be millionaires, I’m not, not even close but I love what I do and I got to make a career out of it and
that’s the important thing. Don’t get into it for fame and riches because you are going to be chasing a dream that just won’t happen. Just
get into it because you love music.
Katrina: What do you think it takes to sustain a career in the music industry?
Barry: I think it takes a little bit of business savvy, a lot of luck and a ton of hard work. The amount of work that you have to put in on a
daily basis is astronomical to stay viable. Be nice to people, somebody asks you for an interview like yourself do the interview give them a
second of your time. Write good songs, write songs people want to hear, write from the heart, and if you feel it chances are other people
out there would feel it too. And that’s what we strive to do, that’s what has kept us here and what kept us viable, and that’s what we strive
to do. We’ve been through hell and back , we never sugar-coated it or hid it from anybody, we just wrote about it.