London, United Kingdom
I’m about to interview the quirkiest Freeform DJ and producer out there, and his name is Finnbarr. You might have seen his tracks passing by in many mixes, and if you are lucky you probably heard a few of his own mixes. And if you were in Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago you might have seen this man doing his thing at BMH Freeform, where he played for the first time in front of a crowd. As I’ve said in many reviews he’s the future of Freeform, so it’s about time for me to talk to this mysterious, quirky, yet very talented producer.
Finnbarr!!! How are you doing? How’s everything in your life?
“Hey man, everything is going really well thank you. I can’t complain about any thing at the moment.”
Finnbarr, a name you should write down. But where does the name come from? It doesn’t sound like an English name to me.
“It’s an Irish name which means “the fair haired one.” Funny because I don’t have fair hair. I did when I was younger.”
Explain to those who are unaware who you are and what your talents are what it is that you do for a living.
“I’m 25, Live in London and for a living I used to cut hair at a Barber shop for a year and now I Dj every week with my girl friend and friends at the nights we organise. The reason why I stopped hairdressing at the Barber shop was because I knew my talents lay where my dreams have always been and that is to create music that I love.”
DJ and producer, and also someone who likes to have fun whilst making promo videos. But there’s another side to you that many people might not know (we will talk about that later). But if you could describe yourself in a few words, which words would you use and why?
“I am difficult to categorise..Maybe I am just an Artist..I studied for many years and graduated from Winchester School of Arts in 2014.”
You are a very talented producer and DJ, and you are a rising star in the Freeform scene. With many excellent tunes already on your name you will rise quicker than anyone ever before. But what got you into Freeform/UK Hardcore?
“Thank you. What got me into UK Hardcore/Freeform is a mixture of things.
Firstly I was brought up with late 80’s early 90’s House music and Acid House. My parents used to go to the infamous Hacienda in Manchester. My mum told me when I was in her womb I used to kick and move about when House music was playing. So I think that has played a massive role in me being a slave to the 4/4 Kick drum.
In my teen years I was a Heavy Metal fan, but that changed when I started going into Cyber Dog a lot in Camden. Every Weekend I saved up money to buy a different compilation cd. They were mainly either Psy Trance, Hard trance or Hard House cd’s. At that time I didn’t really know what UK Hardcore was but I was always searching for something a bit faster.
I came across “Bonkers XI Forevolution,” in HMV. By the cover of the album I knew the tunes would be interesting. Once hearing the album I knew this was the sound that I was looking for. It gave me a feeling like no other music has given me. Pure Euphoria. No drugs were needed. I listened to Scott Browns mix religiously. I was always bad at reading, I am dyslexic ,but his mix for some reason helped me read the books I needed to for my GCSE’S.
After Hearing that Album I never looked back. I was and still am in Hardcore Heaven.”
I find it always quite difficult to explain to people what Freeform is, but seeing as you live, breathe and basically have become Freeform (24/7), what is it? Can you describe it?
“Freeform for me is like a fine whiskey or a good quality wine. I think the appreciation for the taste comes form age and understanding. When I was younger I much preferred drinking “Alcho Pops” such as “WKD” and “Smirnoff Ice,” just like UK Hardcore. As I’ve got older I prefer a purer taste of Bourbon or wine that has a variety of flavours, just like Freeform has. I still like Alcho Pops and will drink them every now and then I just prefer Whiskey.
Freeform for me stands for rebellion and shoving the norm under the carpet to create something that flows naturally from the human soul , but still has enough control and order (kick drum and percussion) to create a piece of music or a piece of Art.
I think the famous artist “Jackson Pollock’s painting “Number 11” is very Freeform. The painting for me has order and chaos in it and that is how I see Freeform.”
How come it’s so unique? I’ve been to many raves, and yet the atmosphere at a Freeform event is always unique, very friendly. That’s one of the reasons I like Freeform, but how come it’s so good?
“Freeform raves is a place where people can let go. It doesn’t matter what clothes your wearing or where you come form. The ego doesn’t exist. You can dance as crazy as you like, you can get as messy as you like and for one night the ravers are one big mental family.”
You started producing, and already make tune after tune without breathing, and you are currently signed to Stamina Records. But how did you get their attention?
“I was making tunes before I got in touch with Stamina Records, but I wanted to push my name further and get more noticed in Freeform scene. I have always been a fan of what the label brings out to the ravers. I decided to book a studio session with the founder of “Stamina Records” A.B .We made a tune called “The Cabal” it’s out now on “Stamina Records”. During the Studio Session I thought it would be a great opportunity to show A.B what I’ve been making and he took a liking to a few of my tunes. One of them was “The Bornless one” which is also out now Stamina Records.”
From then Stamina has been releasing my tunes . Stamina also has been promoting my tunes as well as many other Producers and Dj’s so I thank you all for the Support.”
What was their response to your first tune (and which tune was it?)?
“It was “The Bornless One.” Stamina said they were blown away by how dark it is.”
Finnbarr – Havin’ It Larger/The Bornless One (OUT NOW!!!)
You decided to focus your life completely to Freeform. Wasn’t it a bold move, and is it paying off yet?
“At the moment I am living with my family so I am lucky to give my full commitment to making Freeform/Hardcore. The neighbours haven’t complained about the music so they must like it..
I think it is paying off. My name is slowly getting more popular and people are enjoying my tunes.”
Basically everything you make is released on Stamina Records’ label. I think you release more than any other artist before in such a short notice. What’s the secret behind Finnbarr and him producing only quality tunes? Would you like to share that with all of us?
“Don’t Think Just Do….”
Which track are you the proudest off, and why?
“It would have to be “Havin It Larger.” It’s such a feel good tune and the feedback for the tune has been great.”
When can we expect a Finnbarr album? Isn’t it about time for you to release it?
“It is something I have been thinking about for a while. I will most definitely get one sorted out for next year. I want to get more of a following before releasing one.”
Producing wise you don’t need to be taught how to make music sound amazing. You’ve already worked with A.B, but who would you like to work with and produce records with, who would it be and why (besides A.B ofcourse)?
“I would like to work with Scott Brown one day. His tunes have inspired me through out the years and his music has put me in a good place when I’ve been low. I know he makes more UK Hardcore, but I think it would be interesting to combine our styles and see what we can create. It would be an honour to work with him and to create something epic.”
Recently you played at BMH Freeform, and it was your first DJ set. I had a wonderful time, and your set literally blew me away, the hamburger shirt just made it even more special. But how was it for you?
“Glad you like my shirt. It was awesome I felt really relaxed. I was in my zone, it was a great feeling seeing ravers dance to my music that I make in my bedroom.”
Being a magician behind the decks or behind a computer, Finnbarr is a crowd pleaser. But you are not just a Freeform producer… tell us all your little secret: you are also make and Dj Rockabilly music ! How about that?
“I also make Rockabilly / Garage Punk which is raw 1950’s / 60’s Rock n Roll music. I go under the name “Rookie Finn” and have had one of my songs released on OHA Records which is on 45 Record.”
Two completely different worlds. How did you get into 50’s and 60’s music? Most people jump from one style to the next if they are similar, but these two are just the complete opposite?
“Well I was into Freeform and Hardcore before I got into Rockabilly and Rhythm & Blues ect.. I’ve always liked a wide variety of music and have always dug deep to find music I’ve never heard before. There is some amazing music from the 50’s and 60’s that is as raw and dirty as the music that the ravers listen to. The sound of the genres are different, but they both have the same attitude to celebrating rebellion and freedom.”
Back to the Freeform world: what’s next for Finnbarr?
“More Tunes of course. And hopefully get booked to play at more raves.”
You keep on producing and uploading mixes. One for BMH, one production showcase mix, and also the SummerBash 2016 mix. Which mix are you the proudest off, and why?
“The Summer Bash mix because I had such a funny time making the intro at Stamina Records Studio.”
What are your future goals? What will be your ultimate goal?
“My future goals is to really push my self into being the best that I can be in producing and to expand my artistic ability. Also to sort out a monthly Freeform / Hardcore night in London. It will be amazing.”
Finnbarr, you are truly an inspirational DJ and producer, and genuinely nice bloke. But if you have to share one little secret no-one knows, what’s the secret?
“My farts are not human….”
Ok, last and most difficult question: Freeform or 50s/60s music?
“Hard question the genres of Rockabilly and Rhythm and Blues gives a different feeling to Freeform and Hardcore ,but it’s going to have to be FREEEEEFORM!!!!”
Thank you “ The Crazy DutchMan”for interviewing me and showing your support and interest in what I do . It means a lot and it makes me and it makes me want to expand and get better in what i do and thats making Freeform .
I would also like to thank the Dj’s, Producers, friends and family that have showed their support.
I would like to say ‘thank you to Finnbarr for such a wonderful and exciting interview. I was thrilled when he said ‘yes’ to an interview, and after reading these answers I have become a bigger fan than I already was. Finnbarr is the future of Freeform, and he’s worth checking out!
Also, check out his latest mix, one he made for this year’s Hardcore Summer Bash! I would review it, but it would be a boring one, seeing as Finnbarr only gets 5 out of 5 stars. Check it out and spread the Finnbarr love all over the world!