Interview with David Barreto

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Blues-Rock Musician

DavidbarretobadgeJessica: David, thanks so much for fitting this interview into your busy schedule. It’s wonderful to  have you in the launch issue. (smile) Thank you again for the TSM jingle – I love it!

I know you’re currently managing and working with your daughter Alexis. How are things going with her? And what else are you working on now?

David: Since I last spoke with you I have been busy working with my daughter – writing songs with her and recording her. I have also been busy playing the manager and making contacts and deals for her. I’ve found it was a lot easier to make a recording deal and everything that goes with it when you are representing a sixteen year old girl – this is what the market wants and can sell. The audience is there for a sixteen year old and I’ve had to put my career on hold for a while. This isn’t a problem for me right now since the same company that is buying my daughter wants to record me as well soon thereafter. So, I am all smiles about that.

Jessica: At what age did you get into music and what inspired you to become a musician?

David: As far as myself getting into the music business…I started at the age of nine years old. My first audience was in a department store – I discovered the instrument dept., started to fool around with a guitar and soon saw I had an audience so I milked it for all i could. I started singing a Little Richard song, and when I was done I received a great applause. Getting that reaction convinced me that music is what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, I never saw it as a career move , but saw it more as a fun thing to do. I never gave much thought to the money end of it until much later on…

Jessica: You’ve worked with many interesting people such as: Mick Jones (Foreigner), Eddie Martinez (Blondie and Robert Palmer), Paul Chapman (UFO), Bobby Kimbal (Toto) and Clive Burr (Iron Maiden). Tell us about your experiences working with them and more about your music background.

David: While I was playing in a local pub, the great producer and legend Shadow George Morton came up to me and asked me to record with him – it was great because one minute I was an amateur and then the next professional. Needless to say,  a lot of lessons were learnt in a short while. I met a lot of my idols at the time…from Stevie Wonder to Elvis. It was a great trip…For the album we wanted to do at the time (it was then called album not CD,) we went to the island of Jamaica  where I heard about the new reggae that was going on. We tried to record in the only studio they had there, but Elton John had the studio booked solid and there was no way to get in there. However, I did have the pleasure of meeting Elton. He came off the island with a song called “jamaica Jerk Off” – obviously, things didn’t work out well for him either. We continued recording my first album in Nashville and  New York City – used the very same musicians John Lennon used on his last album.

I enjoyed playing in several situations…touring and enjoying life as a musician. One day I got a call from a Swiss group needing a lead singer and I said “what the hell let me go to Switzerland and see what Europe is like,” and I remained here for a few years. Then I went back to the states when the trip was over and settled in Florida for awhile. I enjoyed Florida very much, but after the good life I needed to go back to work again. I found that Switz. had some more work for me, so I came back and I’ve lived in Europe for the last nine years making music.

Now with my daughters career, it looks as if we will be operating out of Palm Springs, CA, which is great for me. I am fed up with the cold, wet weather Europe seems to endlessly have.

Throughout my experiences I have managed to work with a lot of well known musicians. I found them to be a good and bad experiences plus many strange experiences.

Jessica: What type of musical training have you had?

David: I never dwell in the past as I am always looking for the next new thing. This is where my head is right now and I have a home studio where I make my demos, like your little jingle and songs for my daughter. I am self taught on guitar, bass and piano – just enough to play the parts that are needed. I always sang and sang and sang until one day the friends around me no longer said I sounded like a frog, and that I could actually sing. Then I became a monster and sang everywhere – there was no stopping me.

Jessica: What’s your process for writing lyrics? And where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

David: Yes, I write songs and to my great delight some people actually like the songs I write. Normally, I write to a feeling I might have – they are usually the best songs. I also try to write for a certain occasion and sometimes that comes off well and sometimes not, but it is better to write garbage then not write at all. I like my tunes…In fact, the new deal my daughter has the company wants to use about eight of my songs. However, I also want to employ the great writers that are happening today – the ones that are writing for Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus for my daughters CD.

Jessica: Who are some musicians you admire and look up to?

David: As far as musicians that I admire…There are so many musicians doing so much great work – it all depends on the mood I’m in, but I pretty much love everything. I listen to the new sounds and wonder how they are developed and where the hell did they come from. I am always surprised at what is around the corner….Music is a great pleasure throughout the world and I enjoy observing how it brings people together. God knows the politicians and religious leaders are not doing a good job at bringing us together – I often wonder what the hell they are doing, if anything. Did you know the people of Haiti have only received two percent of the money sent to help out – where the hell did the rest of the money go – very sad. So, I am a believer that it is best to help out on a one-to-one basis – forget about the middle man. Music allows me to communicate in a personal way.

Jessica: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?

David: If I had any power in the world to change things…I believe I would try to bring all the religious fanatics together and explain to them that there is something wrong with killing in the name of your God (whichever God belongs to you, or whatever God might mean to you) I mean how long will this go on – the contradiction is absurd.

Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?

David: Last famous words that have inspired me has to be the quote from Che Guevera, the Cuban fighter – his courage has to be admired as they were about to put some bullets in to him somewhere in the Bolivian jungle after being captured…This man has the nerve to say, “go ahead and shoot me you cowards I’m only a man.” Now really most men would be begging for their lives, crying or praying, but he stuck to his stubborn principals to the end. I also have to laugh as he would turn over in his grave a few hundred times if he saw what changes communist went through….Did he die for nothing???? Hey, even Fidel Castro made a statement the other day that he felt his idealist idea of communist didn’t pan out like he envisioned. Well one thing…These people never gave up and fought to the end….This is what I try to do also – rock on out, believe and try…Fight to the end.

Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and your music?

David: In closing, I want to say that Alexis and I have hooked up with the greatest company in the world. They are more of an environmental  group that concerns itself with wildlife, dogs, cats, oceans, dolphins etc., and any mistreatment or misuse of animals. They have been doing this type of work for years and years…Within this company is a very talented record producer who we will be working with and his name is Richard (first name only for now) – a great state of arts studio is also within these great walls of caring. Some of the other folks involved I will have to tell you more about this in the next interview because it is a story within itself. First names only…Suzy is our wonder woman who is an organizer of the future – more on her later.

Jessica: Thanks again for taking the time out to do this interview. I wish your daughter Alexis and you the best of luck with everything in the future.

David: Watch for Alexis Barreto – she is going to be a monster. It will all start on Nov 22, 2010 when we head for the states to start the new revolution.

Good luck with your magazine. Of course, I wish you a lot of advertisement dollars to fill your pockets, but then again I really don’t think you are doing this great magazine for the money. You seem to really care about us musicians and we feel that – that is why it is a pleasure to be part of your new world. Thank you for coming by and letting me annoy you…un beso para ti.

One thought on “Interview with David Barreto

  1. SUBMITTED BY HEIDI HORVATH on 2010/12/01 at 06:56

    Nice interview! I enjoyed reading it!

    SUBMITTED BY BETTY DRAVIS on 2010/12/09 at 21:43

    Hi, David, First let me say that I love that happy photo of you. Very appealing… You put a big smile on my face whenever I see that pic. And your interview is awesome.

    Jessica did a marvelous job asking the right questions…and your answers are very interesting… Love everything about you…

    I also find it awesome that you hooked up with such a fine group of people who care about our environment and that led you to a good producer. I firmly believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason and He blessed you through your caring about the environment! Go, David! Rock on, as you say!

    I hope both you and your daughter Alexis become “big monsters,” to use your terminology. In my terminology, MAKE IT BIG, KIDS!


    Betty Dravis

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