Listen up ya’ll! In case you missed it, Groundwater Country Music Festival kicks off on Friday 12th November and goes until Sunday 14th November and we can hardly keep still in our boots. The best thing is, the team behind Groundwater are not holding back with rounding up heavy-hitting headliners like Casey Barnes, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand, The Wolfe Brothers, Graeme Connors and many more! So to get a taste of what the big weekend will entail, we spoke to Casey Barnes (who is a GC local) ahead of his big performance and also before he drops his new ‘Light It Up’ album.
For those who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself and your career to date?
I’m a proud Gold Coaster and have been living here now for a touch over 20 years, and based in Currumbin, one of my fav parts of the Coast! I’ve been fortunate enough to build a successful career over that time and still call the Gold Coast home. In my opinion, there’s nowhere else I’d prefer to live than here!
What/who got you into music?
I’d started my music career playing in pubs and clubs down in Tassie around the age of 18/19 but decided to ‘hit the mainland’ and had always loved the Gold Coast so it felt like the right place to base myself. My first real big break came around 2005 where I was lucky enough to land the support for Bryan Adams when he did his national tour. I have been fortunate enough to never look back since then!
When creating music, what is your main inspiration?
I’m really big on melody and hooks. The music side of things generally comes to me first then I’ll build the song/lyrics around that.
What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?
On a personal note, it’d be getting married to my wife Michelle and our two girls Charli and Emmy. On a career front, maybe the release of my latest album last year and being nominated for an ARIA award.. was pretty special!
Out of all your songs, which is your personal favourite and why?
Gee, that constantly changes to be honest! But, at the moment it’d be the brand new single ‘God Took His Time On You’. It’s one of my favs to play live and has also become a real crowd favourite over the last few months too!
What is your favourite song at the moment and why?
I’ve gotta say, the new Adele single is just brilliant. Loved it from the first time I heard it on the radio. On the country music front, I love the latest track by Jordan Davis called ‘Buy Dirt’.
For those who haven’t visited the Groundwater Festival before, what’s it like?
You get the best of everything at Groundwater. For starters, it’s in the BEST location right in Broadbeach along the water, with some of the best cafes, and restaurants and it’s all 100% free!
What are you most looking forward to for your set at Groundwater 2021?
There’s nothing better than a hometown show and this year we’re headlining the main stage on Friday night so that’s going to be awesome!
What can your fans expect from you over the next year?
Lots of exciting stuff! We’re about to announce my brand new album ‘Light It Up’ which is out Feb 25th, then we’re launching into my biggest ever national tour, so 2022 is set to be a lot of fun!
What are your Gold Coast favourites…
Café: We love BSKT in Mermaid Beach
Coffee spot: My local in Currumbin called The Salt Mill
Restaurant: We love Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast
Bar or pub for a drink: I love Miami Marketta as it also doubles as one of my fave live music venues too!
How do you choose to spend your weekends?
If I’m not away on tour, it’s always with my family! We live in Currumbin so you’ll normally find us over summer at the beach or along Currumbin Creek. We love it here!