LONDON PRODUCER BARNEY RATTLE CHATS HIS LATEST RELEASE ‘ AFRICAN STORYBOOK OF SONGS’

What is your genre of musical you produce?It’s mostly African re mixes , and some original artists from African and other world territories  

Give us a little bio about you.
Grew up in the music and entertainment world – produced a lot of mainstream shows in my early years and went on to market some of Londons top nightclubs in the 90’s.
 

Went to South Africa and met some amazing musicians who have since become very close friends , brothers in life.

 Now looking to help promote them and their work along with my own and also now Uk musicians on a locally based TV show

 

You are releasing ‘African Storybook of Songs’ , tell us more about that. 
It is a culmination of 20 years work of mine and other artists – a selection of 70 songs over 6 albums

Tell us more about the songs individually.
Its difficult to explain each song but they are all of a certain genre which is away from the mass produced pop songs that we hear in the UK . We cover Jazz, Reggae, House and funky township grooves. We also made some remixes that are Afro based chill out tracks featuring percussion guitar and vocal harmonies. 

You worked with some great artists on this, how did they come about and what was it like?
Its a great honour an pleasure working with my friends. We all have the same purpose to bring the joy of music to the world . Its come about as a collective.
 

Is ‘African Storybook of Songs’ heading out on a tour or any have any gigs planned with yourself and the artists?
We have some plans for 2017. Tours and concerts . Still quite early days , plan to announce more in the new year.  

If so which cities will you be going?
London , ofcourse. Also looking at Germany , Denmark at the moment. Its still in the planning stage…  

What made you go in to music?

The fact that Im a good Audio Visual technician and enjoy working with musicians 
 

Do you play any instruments?
Bass and keyboard – but Im best behind a mixer 

 Who are your influences?

Jazz Blues Reggae Soul 
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
You feel it 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Making more recordings, films and Tv shows , with out artists and production team 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Listening to it !  

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
Stevie Wonder… 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Stick with what you love

 What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Be sure that you really want to take this journey , and take time to know the market place you are aiming for 
 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Keep going… 

Where is you go to place after you have been away from home?
The mountains  

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
We have some generic sites which we try to keep upto date 

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