Mid North Coast, NSW
Beck, john butler
Port Macquarie’s Barrel House take in influences from a wide range of music genres and styles, blending fast bluegrass finger picking guitar and funk slap bass over racy electro/jazz drum beats.
We've chosen them as our pick from the mid-north coast, NSW region to play the OPEN ARMS festival in Coffs Harbour on the 29th November.
Interview: 24 November 2008
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
I (Dwaine) got hooked on slide blues and bluegrass guitar when I was about 16 and have been playing guitar ever since, I like most types of music so there is a large variety of influence in our music, particularly in the rhythms, having a drummer (Jarin) who is into drum’n’bass and house music, and a bass player (Jordan) who is into funk and indi rock. So it makes for a pretty interesting combination. We just throw it all together and it seems to work without too much trouble at all.
What can the audience expect from you at the Open Arms festival?
BARREL HOUSE’S music has a reputation for getting people’s feet moving so if you come see us at a festival you better bring your dancing shoes!
Tell us about the blues - what does it mean to you?
The blues sits so well with people it is a great style in that it can be played so many different ways and has different effects weather it be happy, sad, mellow or just rocking.
What's coming up in the future?
We have just finished our new EP which will be set for release early March so before then heaps of live shows, a few festivals and lots of hard work getting ourselves organised, making sure we have a rocks solid show to take to the people.
Australian music is?
Australian music is always going to be of a world class standard. We have so many talented people in this country who are forward thinkers and are always experimenting with new sounds and ideas. The more performers I meet the more I am blown away at the talent of home grown artists!