March 27, 2013

The EXPO 2013 Experience: Platinum Writer-Producer Barry Eastmond

Segal Brad

ASCAP writer-producer Barry Eastmond’s songs have sold more than 80 million copies over the years, for artists like Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin and George Benson, to name just a few. And he’s helped just as many up-and-comers through his ongoing involvement in NARAS and music education programs nationwide. So when Barry volunteers his time for the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, you know it means something! This year, he’s back as a mentor for our sold-out One-on-One sessions. We asked him about his work and his history with the EXPO.


You're an experienced songwriter and producer. Do you usually prefer producing the songs you write? Why or why not?


Because I love the production process as much as I do, I love producing or co-producing the songs I write. However I recently had a song I wrote produced by another producer and was thrilled with the results.


What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career strictly as a music producer?


Listen and study all types of music. Don't restrict yourself to one genre. When I was getting into production and writing I listened to all types of music - pop, R&B, rap, jazz, country, etc. I found it extremely helpful in becoming a better producer and songwriter.


You've worked with so many luminaries in the pop & R&B worlds. Is there one up-and-coming artist you particularly want to work with?


I'm not sure if you would consider them up-and-coming artists, but I would love to work with Emeli Sande and Elle Varner.


You've devoted a lot of time to teaching and advocating for music education. What's important to you about keeping music as part of school curricula?


It's so important to me that the next generation gets to experience music education from a young age. It had such a profound effect on my life that I can't imagine not having it in school. I'm a firm believer that music helps you in other subjects as well. I often participate in Grammy in the Schools and I see first hand the effect that it has on high school students. It's extremely important!


This isn’t your first ASCAP EXPO excursion. Why do you keep coming back, and what about the EXPO makes you recommend it to other music creators?


I find the ASCAP EXPO to be very inspiring. It's exhilarating to hear the stories from great artists about how their hit songs were created. It's always fascinating to me. I enjoy speaking to up-and-coming songwriters about writing songs and making a living in the music business. The EXPO is very beneficial to anyone thinking about pursuing a career as a songwriter. I'm truly looking forward to this year's EXPO!


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Barry Eastmond is just one of hundreds of professional music creators and industry experts set to speak at the 2013 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. Click here for the full list.



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