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Dallas-based musician Barret Turner has been writing music for many years but has only recently begun releasing the tracks. We’re excited to introduce you to his songs! Read on to learn about Barret’s latest single “Always You” and everything he has planned next.
CROWDSURFER MAG: Your latest single “Always You” came out last month. What does this song mean to you?
BARRET TURNER: I made it a long time ago, and it was about my friend’s mom battling cancer. I brought I back with the newer stuff I make, and now I feel like it represents his journey after his mom passed away. I feel like he kind of lost himself and now he’s getting back to who he was.
CSM: We’re fans of Will Jay, so we were excited to see him featured on this song. How did bringing him onto the project happen?
BT: I sent him an email! I sent him six songs, and he said he wanted to work on “Always You.” He was super easy to work with, we’d send each other lyrics and melody ideas back and forth, and that’s how the song came about. Quarantine hit so we had to do everything over email.
CSM: It’s so wild that this all had to go down over email!
BT: Yeah, and I wish it wasn’t like that, but I was like, man I’d love to work with Will Jay, he’s so good. So I feel very lucky that he accepted the offer.
CSM: “Always You” follows up “On Purpose” which came out one month earlier. Can we expect another song this month?
BT: I’m putting a song out every month! October 30th is the next one called “Never Stood.” It’s different than the other ones, it’s more vibey, chill-in-your-car-at-night kind of song.
CSM: “Always You” and “On Purpose” are both very emotional. What’s your writing process like when turning these personal stories into music?
BT: I like to write at night, and I’ll get an idea in my head and start dabbling with that. I normally start with the piano chords, and I’ll start building off of that. I like that epic, kind of sad build up towards the end that’s inspirational.
CSM: We all like sad songs! Who are your biggest inspirations in music?
BT: I always liked Martin Garrix and how his songs are kind of chill but at the end your brain is just mash because you’re so involved with the song. I also really like Hootie and the Blowfish. It’s a totally different type of music but it’s very emotional and real.
CSM: So you’ve got more singles to release, and do you have anything else in store for us?
BT: Yeah when I put this next song out I’ll have the lyric video and another music video for that. And then, next month, same thing. I’d like to play show but obviously that’s not happening right now!
CSM: Whoa, that’s a ton. How are you managing to get all of that out every month?
BT: I usually have someone do the lyric video, but I’ve been making the music videos myself, and It’s hard. It’s a learning curve, and it’s a lot. But it’s kind of fun, too, because it’s rewarding when it’s done!
CSM: What’s one of your goals for 2021?
BT: I’ve been trying to get all of my songs finished and getting them out is really the only goal right now. Just trying to keep going up! There’s no plan B right now, it’s just this, and I’m excited about it. I just don’t want to one day be old and say “damn, I never even tried.”
CSM: Last question, even though holidays are weird this year, do you have any plans for Halloween?
BT: No, I’m sure I’ll do something though! This weekend I’m going to the Chiefs game.
CSM: Wait, you’re in Dallas but going to the Chiefs game?
BT: Oh yeah, my grandpa played for them so it’s a family thing.
CSM: That’s crazy!
BT: Yeah, he played in the first Superbowl. And a lot of the songs I made . . . I lived with my Grandma for a year and a half, and I was making these songs and she would listen. And then she passed away, and the Chiefs went to the Superbowl the next week and won it. We went to the game and it was the best thing I’ve ever been to. It felt like she was there, you know?
CSM: That’s magical and amazing.
Take a listen to “Always You” here!