I’ve got TONS of influences! There have been so many bands and people that have inspired me in one way or another. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, because that’s what my mom listened to — Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Santana, etc. I’m the youngest of 3, and growing up in the 80’s I heard a lot of what my siblings listened to. My brother gave me more of the Metallica/ Slayer side of things and my sister gave me more of the Skid Row/ Scorpions side. Going through the 90’s, a lot of Alternative/ Seattle rock music entered my ear-holes! I still love Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Mudhoney, Mad Season, Candlebox… I could go on. I listen to all kinds of stuff. Lately I’ve really been digging St. Vincent, Muse & Puscifer. Mid 90’s is when I discovered Tool. As a drummer, Danny Carey has been the most influential. There are tons of great drummers out there, so I won’t go down that road.
I’ve been in several Seattle bands/ projects. Ones of note are: Bloodshot Barrels, Aradia & In The Between.
Obol — it’s dynamic. It’s fun. It’s emotional. It’s so many things! I do it because of those things, and it challenges me.
Seattle has great music! You can go out 8 days a week and see an awesome band! Not many people do, however.
Who is Barry?
All artists are nuts! I’m a nut. We’re the good kind of nuts though, like pistachios.
I love my gear. If money wasn’t an issue, sure, I might have a different/ another kit. My main squeeze is a Gretch Catalina Maple 6 piece. I’ve got a trinity of roto-toms and some “bells & whistles” too. Can’t give away all my secrets.
Once an artist, always. To pay the bills I do graphic design.
I love passion. When I can tell that someone is passionate about what they are doing/ did, it resonates in me.
I am king of the water monkeys!!!