Interview: Michael Barclay

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Michael Barclay, the creator of The December Chronicles as well as a father to a 3 year old little boy, and a jack of all trades when it comes to careers. Currently I have some side projects as well as being the marketing director and board member for Weathered Pages.

Why do you do what you do?

I want to create music, and produce epic concerts that everyone can be a part of. I’ve been in the industry for a long time now, and I’ve found that I’m extremely passionate about not only writing and creating music, but also organizing and executing concerts and events based around the arts. Anytime you’re able to do what you’re passionate about is a win in my book.

How do you personally plan to work on this project?

My main focus is two-fold. Working on the website and online presence across social media so that Weathered Pages gets more exposure, and also finding and securing artists who can be a part of the project. And, I also get to create and record music. Bonus!

What has it been like working on music projects for Weathered Pages?

It’s been one of the most unique experiences of my life. Having someone like Jeff who is so invested in what he’s trying to create as well as a group of us that are head over heels in love with music and the goal of Weathered Pages has been a crazy ride. Getting to record my own music was a dream come true, as well as collaborating with others. San Marcos is by far and away one of the most magical musical environments I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to be a part of what’s to come.

How were you introduced to the Weathered Pages?

Brian (Ash) and I have been friends for years now, so when I met Jeff Bresee and told me about this crazy idea of helping musicians record and create music that was raw and real I thought it was extremely exciting. We’ve certainly been through a roller coaster of a creation process, sometimes battling “what exactly are we doing?” moments, but the goal has always remained the same. “Make music that resonates with the soul.”

What made you want to be a part of this project?

The answer to this for me is extremely simple. Music. I LOVE music. It’s part of who I am, to the point that I would probably not be able to survive if I wasn’t able to do something with music, or at least hear it. I feel like the mainstream music industry has turned into a marketing machine. I want to be a part of steering music back to the type of songs that you remember years from now. The kind of music that makes an impact, which is another goal of Weathered Pages as well.

What’s your background?

I was born in the Boston area, and raised in Philadelphia. I ended up in Salt Lake City about 9 years ago, and I’ve been here ever since. Through the years I’ve developed a pretty solid skill set with sales and marketing. I’ve also been privileged to work with the local radio stations here producing festivals and concerts with some of the biggest names in music.

What’s integral to the work of an artist who wants to be a part of this project?

Check your ego at the door.” Weathered Pages artists keep one specific thing in mind through the whole process. “I wrote this song, but I can only take it so far. Once it’s in the hands of Weathered Pages, the goal is to see where else it can go, it’s no longer solely my song.” To be a Weathered Pages artist, you must be willing to collaborate. We all have ideas that can make music amazing, and we plan to use those ideas to create the best possible version of a song and an album.

What role do you play in this project?

Securing talent. Developing marketing and online presences and being part of the creative process.

Name something you love, and why?

I love Hockey. And Music. And my son. And Music. And good wine. And music. And cooking. And music. Did I mention I love music?

What is your dream project?

Being able to do a collaboration with Jason Mraz, and then perform in front of an audience that knows the song so well that I can stop singing, and the whole crowd sings the song for me. Goosebumps.

Name three artists you’d like to work with?

Jesse Lacey (of Brand New), Jason Mraz and Lady Gaga.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Well, it’s not really advice, but I have a tattoo on my wrist that reads “continue” with a semi colon instead of the “I” and an arrow underneath it. The semi-colon project symbolizes one specific phrase. “My story’s not over.” I’ve clung to that phrase over the years, battling through some of the most difficult times of my life. No matter how hard things get, it’s all part of the story that makes up who I am; and that story isn’t even close to over.

What experience do you have as a singer, songwriter, or lyricist?

I’ve been writing music since I was 15 years old. I grew up with my father writing songs on the guitar and as soon as he taught me one song to sing and play with him, I was hooked. Since then I’ve played in two full bands (Letters for Scarlett and Hillside) and I’ve done countless solo gigs playing my own music.

What do you bring to the Weathered Pages as an artist?

Creativity and the willingness to try new things. I like to think my mind works in ways others don’t. I have a knack for catchy hooks and clever lyrics, so in the end all of that comes together to help in a lot of ways with songwriting. I’ve also done a lot of guest vocals on songs Jeff and Brian have written which have turned out really well – and I’m always down to try vocals on things I haven’t worked with previously.

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