“My music represents freedom and joy! It is capable of giving the impulses which make life interesting and surprising. This allows one to feel solace from their problems and experiences” says Vincent Barrea, performer, musician and dancer.
Vincent is the opening artist of the new British label Maitre. With each single, he reveals new facets to his work ranging from the fiery club banger Zoom Zoom to the stylish vibrations of the deep house, the hot reggaeton motifs, and the current trends in the world of pop music.
Vincent Barrea is a keen music lover. In parallel to the development of his own musical career, he also leads a popular media about indie musicians, Priliv Space. The musician says “I love different music: techno, hip-hop, indie, trip-hop, pop, and even folk.”
Over the years, the fascination with unexpected music for Vincent led him to the stage. Today he says that he is fully prepared for this difficult, but fascinating adventure and believes that it will be a beautiful experience.
In the past, he has been a successful fashion photographer, an actor in a musical theater and a blogger. In the role of an artist, he summarizes his life experience and impressions and the reflection is good taste, musical erudition, and stage skills.
Ahead of new videos and releases, Vincent Barrea works with experienced sound producers and club DJs in the search to add the different facets of their music and at the same time is looking forward to debut on the big stage.
When did you first discover your love for music?
From my very early years as a child, but it was unconscious love. I understood my passion for music was for real at 14, and then I began to study it, and by 25 I realized that it is a lifelong love, and it’s time to get serious.
What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
The fact that I gave up pursuing my musical career once, and two years later I realized that nothing in the world would fill the emptiness that was formed, from the awareness that I gave up my biggest dream.
When did you know that you were going to make music a career?
Performances by Beyoncé. I watched her show all the time, this is how my day started. But it was a dream, I truly understood that my story started when the guys from the young and ambitious label Maitre wrote to me and I immediately felt that we’ll go side by side and realize our dreams together.
To what do you accredit your sense of style?
I really like dance music and the energy that it gives. I like to combine different styles, in future compositions that you will soon hear, we have mixed 3 styles at once and I am already pleased with how it is coming together, I hope the audience will like it too.
Would you prefer to be independent or signed to a major?
I have already signed with Maitre Music. And I like this cooperation, when you work with a label, you know that your rear is always covered, you are not alone, you have support, there is a team with whom you can create something together. In any case, it’s important, to be surrounded with bright, like-minded people.
I like the way they think, they are outside the standard framework, and all their other businesses are aimed at improving the quality of people’s’ life all over the world (for example, they are the first in the world who have developed healthy and sugar-free chocolate). In addition, they have extensive experience in the international market of show business. It’s nice to just communicate with such people, I was lucky to start my career with them.
How do you feel about the present state of the music industry?
I adore the modern scene. In general, I think that every decade of the music industry is wonderful. If you do not deny the story and honor the great musicians, get inspired by them, you can grow yourself.
What musical influences did you listen to growing up that helped to mold you into the artist you are today?
I always treated music as an explorer. There are probably no genres in which I wasn’t carried away with, at some point in my life. From opera to dark techno.
Therefore, I have a lot of things mixed in and this gives a large field for experiments. I know that no matter what direction I go, I can relax, get in the vibe, and share it with other people.
What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
So far, I don’t have so many achievements in the music industry, although my colleagues think otherwise, but I am picky and far too demanding with myself. For me, personal victory is connected with psychology. Namely, to get out of my comfort zone, leave all your life in the past, cast away fears, believe in yourself and your talents.
It is not difficult when you are 18, but I took my first serious step after becoming an adult and it was not easy to take the risk, but so well worth it.
What are your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic in the studio?
In general, my biggest problem is that it is difficult for me to listen to others and this is manifested in everything and always and in the studio too. First, inside myself, I always refuse any offer and only then I think, “Dude, what was that!?, why not? you gotta try it!” and it always turns out to be great.
What do you feel distinguishes you “an artist’s” from just a musician?
I think my difference is in the ability to see. Being a photographer gave me a lot, developed my taste and understanding of the power of the visual part and how it affects perception. I think my advantage is that I see and strive to the unity of many elements, that, only an artist can do.
Today’s music seems to be about collaborations with the “hottest” artist out. Who would you want to work with on a project? And why?
I really want to work with FKA Twigs, at least once. In the visual sense, she is my muse, even though we are in different musical directions, but it would be a very interesting collaboration, I am sure.
Azealia Banks is also on my wish list. In general, I am quite open with myself and the artists whom I would like to create something together with. I do not limit this list, any of my colleagues, I am sure, will add something new and cool to my world.
What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music? what will people be able to say about you as an artist?
I have a hurricane of emotions in me, as always, and they are very different and I want to invest everything in me, into music so that people would feel the same when listening to my tracks.
I remember how I put “Sexy Back”- Justin Timberlake in my headphones, even my gait changed – I felt very cool and confident. I want people to listen to my debut EP and have a feeling that the sun is always shining. Even if you live in Russia and it’s February (laughs).
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry what would it be?
I want to bring peoples’ attention to what is happening in the underground. A huge number of incredibly talented independent artists produce mesmerizing tracks, but no one knows about it. This is important for me personally. And also what the guys from the label hooked me with, is a there approach to music, is almost science-like, every sound is as a physical manifestation, affecting not only your mood but also physiological processes. We use it. You feel a certain thrill of life when you realize that what you are doing makes life better for other people. Probably we are little philanthropists)
Do you have other interest or talents you would like to share with us? How do you like to enjoy your relaxation time away from the music?
Visual art – I’m crazy about it. I continue to take photos for myself in my spare time, this is generally a parallel story, which also develops and lives its life separately from my musical career, I really love to shoot and shoot. And I never happen to be away from music, when I have a day off and I’m at home, the music plays from the first second I wake up, till I fall asleep, I constantly look for new names and continue to study, listen, watch, learn and generally like to be aware of what’s happening in the world of music.
What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?
My music conveys an image of a very free and confident guy. Which can dress even in a garbage bag and go about as if nothing had happened (laughs) That’s true, I’m like that. I am always open to adventures, unexpected images, unexpected decisions, I treat everything as an adventure and this is reflected in everything. At the same time, this is a very sensual guy who, walking dressed in a garbage bag, with a smile, experiencing a storm of emotions within himself. And, that, is exactly what I show with my music, a thunderstorm of emotions letting loose.
What projects do you have in the making currently and what are your plans for the near future?
I have one main musical project now and all my energy is going there. I also support my music portal about independent music over that last two years now. It is called PrilivSpace – I don’t plan to abandon it and develop it as much as possible, in my limited free time. And of course, I take photographs.
This is what my current life is built on, but the basis, of course, is my solo musical career. In that manner, we have a bunch of plans, and we are already working under some new music, working on 4 new tracks at the same time, soon there will be releases, it will be interesting, you will definitely love it. I hope)
What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
The ultimate goal is not to have an ultimate goal (laughs) Save the adventurers’ vibe, so that the fire within always burns and the desire to create doesn’t disappear, no matter what has been achieved. I want to continuously develop and transform into the best version of myself. So the main goal is movement. Just keep on going!
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
It is probably too early to give advice, but since you asked…) Firstly, there can never be enough music. It is necessary to be active, to learn to be a harmonious person both externally and internally, to be developed in different areas, this will always help you in the long term.
Secondly, you need to be able to listen, take advice and constructive criticism, and manage to do it genuinely – this is what I am learning to do now and I know how important it is when your working in a team. And, of course, to believe in yourself, to believe in those who help you, not to be afraid of failure and shoot for the stars.
How can potential fans find you?
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I am immensely grateful to all my team, I go to bed with these thoughts every day. To Label Maitre, to the Magnit Production team and everyone who ignites our ideas, everyone with whom we create and dream with.
Grateful to everyone who understands and feels the energy that we invest and thank you guys for cool questions – it was interesting!