‘I’m alright – I’ve got a skateboard, guitars and some chickens, me. I’m a Yorkshire survivor.’
– Barnaby Fairley, photographer (and Yorkshire survival expert)
Let’s cut back to January 2020. If you’d have said that this would be a topic of conversation in an interview, about the sudden near death of the music industry, as a result of a pandemic that’s killing thousands around the world, I’d have probably said, ‘I think you’ve had enough love, time for you to go home.’
Yet, suddenly, we’ve found ourselves in unusual and unprecedented times; diets are formed of pasta based everything, respiratory illnesses are giving people imaginary bowel issues that require mass stockpiling of toilet paper, and the world has come to a near stand still. Most importantly, jobs have been lost, lives have ended, and times ahead are as unclear as they ever have been.
In the second of our ‘Behind the Sceners’ interview series (read the first with sound engineer, Chris Sherwin, here), I spoke to Barnaby Fairley – a Manchester based photographer and videographer – in order to discover his take on the current crisis within the music industry, and what it means for him. There was, unfortunately, a hell of a lot that I couldn’t keep in the interview, for everyone’s sake – but know, I haven’t laughed that much in a while! Continue reading “Interview: The Music Industry vs COVID – Barnaby Fairley (Photographer, MCR)”