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Interview with Peter Barnett

Where are you from?
I am originally from a small town in San Bernardino, California - called Apple Valley.
How has your environment affected your life and ultimately your music?
I have tried to create an environment in my home geared towards constructive songwriting, and active - on the piano and vocally. Having a 3 1.2 son makes things interesting at times - when he may walk into the room with a harmonica in a different key, goin’ to town. It makes for good memories though and inspires me to write more about love, and what the heart feels when the mind may be distracted. Having to work a full-time job in a field I care very little for is also a constraint on the music writing, recording, and playing out process. 
What was the first defining moment that made you want to pursue a career in music?
In junior high and high school, I was the drummer for the worship band at the Christian school I attended; played some piano, and sang. I was in choirs from the 4th grade on, I sang at baseball stadiums, and toured in Europe with the Los Angeles Children’s chorus at the age of 13. I obtained a full-ride scholarship to Biola University for Vocal Performance with the intention of finding other musicians to collaborate with. At this time, I was not writing songs quite yet. With all of this said, I knew at about the age of 12. 
Being in music, and feeling what it does to others when they hear what you’re saying ands can feel your heart in the keys - that’s what made me want to be a musician professionally. 
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it?
Heartfelt and melancholy. Alternative, in the sense that a group would expand these songs into more of a calm rock - like Coldplay in a sense. With it just being me and the piano, it’s music to close your eyes to and relax. 
Is there someone in your life that influenced your work ethic?
My mother and father. My father is the hardest working man I’ve ever met. My mother raised my siblings and I at home without skipping a beat - and these two people have been through life events that I believe many others could not have dealt with or moved forward from. 
If there was something you can go back in time and do over, what would it be?
I changed my major at Biola from music, and lost my scholarship. I would go back to 2007 and complete my music degree; also allowing me to collaborate with other musicians. 
Are there any artists that you look up to? Either their skills as an artist or their lifestyle?
Chris Martin of Coldplay, Paul McCartney, and Gary Clark Jr. 
What things outside of music do you value most? 
Time with my family. You only get one, and to take advantage of every second with them is truly important in life. 
What kinds of things are you looking forward to as far as your career goes?
Moving out of what I currently do for a living, and touring. I want to play in front of huge audiences, and I want them to hear what I have to say.
What’s your main goal in the next 5 years?
To be a full-time, performing and recording artist, with a full band behind me. Touring, releasing records, and writing as much as humanly possible. 
Where can people find your music?
My music can be found on iTunes and Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Tidal. 
The Spinnup link provided here can allow access to either of these platforms: https://spinnup.link/497876-searching
What’s your favorite song that you’ve written?
Either Candlelight, Blue Skies, or Lullaby (not yet recorded).  
If there was one thing about the world you can change, what would it be?
Free mental health resources and treatment for those truly impacted by disorders and psychological struggle. 
Peter Barnett

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