“Great material always gets you there. And that’s a no-brainer. As with me, I push myself to outdo what I just did. Vocally or instrumentally. Cause when I record, I’m wearing three hats. Producer, artist, engineer.”

Check out the interview with Barry Rice exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
B.R: I started many years ago in high school. My cousin and I had our first band in the 1980’s. That broke up as we got out of high school. I kept on writing music and entered my first song contest in 1998. I didn’t win but learned valuable feedback from the judges. The next year 1998, I tried again. Didn’t place but kept on trying. As the years went on, I submitted to music publishers. Not of results with that. Some did like some of the songs. Just not enough of a hook to draw people to it. In about 2008, I recorded music and put them on Reverbnation as I’m still in there today. I mostly have been trying to promote myself now, with my music.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I do film a lot of my own videos. And would like to be more creative with it. I do sometimes Facebook live concerts. I’d love to play out live.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Very competitive! Lots of very good talents that have been waiting a long time to get their break! Myself,f I know I’m not the best singer, producer, instrumentalist. I just hope I can find fans that like what I do. And that’s fine!

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Haha! I live in a small town near our states Capitol of Springfield, IL. So in my small town not! But there are great artists in Springfield and Decatur that is near me! And I’m too far from Chicago! They’re in their own league!

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music is always changing! Electronic pop will always be! Metal always be and in different forms! We will still always have the original forms! Hopefully, robots won’t be playing our instruments someday! And it depends on the genre you’re in the study. If it’s new style, be sure you do what’s current! If you’re classic, you’re okay then.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Myself, I wish I knew the answer to this. As I wish I had the secret key to the door of it. It’s like this: Great material always gets you there. And that’s a no-brainer. As with me, I push myself to outdo what I just did. Vocally or instrumentally. Cause when I record, I’m wearing three hats. Producer, artist, engineer. I’ll sing it and listen back. My other hat producer will say you can do just a bit better. So sometimes I’m singing the song ten times to get it perfect. In a nutshell, model in your head, what would a pro do? Or pretend you’re a pro. And it helps.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Many things. Emotion, the riff I create first. God almighty most of all. Lyrics will come when I’m driving to work. In the bathroom, when I’m asleep. During the recording process. Lyrics get rewrote a lot.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’ve recorded my songs a lot of ways. Sometimes did get a better melody I’ll record drums first and sing lyrics along with it. Lot of times those songs have come out surprisingly good. Lot times the riff of the guitar and singing a melody around it to have worked for me. A lot of times music first.

What do you think makes a great song?
Great story, deep lyrics with a picture to paint. The melody that makes you hum it when in most awkward moments. The beat. Guitar riffs.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
My email is ricebarry91@yahoo.com
Reverbnation: reverbnation.com/yearsofthesongs
Bandcamp: yearsofthesongs.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/yearsofthesongs/