Music & Me with … Ross Barber-Smith- 15 Jul 2016 -
Image: Ross Barber-Smith, Owner & Web Designer, Electric Kiwi, Co-host, Bridge the Atlantic
When were you first introduced to music?
My earliest memories of music include long family car journeys in the company of Michael Bolton. Later, I remember hearing the Spice Girls for the first time and discovering the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996. Growing up watching Eurovision has a really special place in my heart. I love that crazy contest more than is probably healthy!
Tell me about your favourite music teachers.
The first wasn’t officially a music teacher, she was a neighbour with a piano who taught me to play from books. The best part was when she gave me 5 minutes alone to experiment with how different notes sounded together. Another favourite was a high school music teacher. She was so encouraging and made me feel like if I set my mind to something, I could achieve it. I’ll always be grateful to her for that.
What are your fondest musical memories?
At college studying Popular Music Performance. Some memories are related to actually performing, but most actually relate to just being around music. One special memory was when I saw The Spill Canvas in Glasgow. I remember that Nick Thomas, the lead singer, waved to my friend Carly after she screamed when he was introducing a song. Years later, I actually interviewed Nick on my podcast and shared the story with him. So that whole experience is a pretty fond one 🙂
What is your favourite TV theme tune and film soundtrack?
Wow, this is tough! I’m drawn to say Regina Spector ‘You’ve Got Time’ as I’m in withdrawal – having finished Season 4 of ‘Orange is the New Black’! I love a lot of soundtrack music – sometimes I listen to ‘Tron’ if I want to feel like I’m on a mission… it helps when working to deadlines! Plus, I’ve always loved ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and Clint Mansell’s work.
What was the last download/ CD that you bought?
Jessica Rotter ‘Plains’. Gorgeous album!
You have been given a voucher for £250.00 to spend on equipment, CDs, DVDs or tickets. How will you spend it?
Some really good speakers for my computer.
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
With my web and graphic design business a major focus, I rarely play music anymore. However, I’m always listening to music. It’s a big part of my life, driving me forward and keeping me really interested in the projects I’m working on. I’m also very lucky to be able to speak with so many inspiring musicians on my podcast. Hearing about their successes, challenges and experiences is something I really enjoy, and feel others can benefit from.
Happiness is … being surrounded by people you love, relaxing, doing work that you’re passionate about, listening to music, creating something that brings joy – and something to be cherished – and not taken for granted.