My name is Lydia Barnes, and I’m 16 years old from New Hampshire. I started playing piano 6 years ago, studying classical music. When I was 12 I went into school for jazz, which greatly built confidence and discipline into my music. From then on, I knew I wanted to continue in music. Even though I love performing, I dream that my future will go into the more “behind the scenes” layer of music. I want to write soundtracks for movies. Ever since I was little, I was obsessed and compelled by the combination of visual and auditory stimulants. I hope one day I can add powerful music to films and create something memorable.
How would you characterize your musical style?
My music can be both simple and complex but on the mellower side of indie music. I almost always play solo, with just my piano or ukulele. With that simplicity, I strive to add density through lyrical content and create an unpredictable melody.
Who are you - what is your story?
I started playing piano when I was 10 years old, and it changed my life entirely. Coming from a family that wasn’t musical at all, I never saw songwriting to be my dream or career, and I’m still astonished by how far that instrument has brought me. I’ve loved the thrill of performing as long as I can remember, starting from performing skits in kindergarten to playing at Hard Rock Cafe(!!!).
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
I think the difference between good music and great music is that good music can get stuck in your head, but great music will occupy your mind. The difference between absentmindedly humming a tune all day or having a song haunt you, or thrill you, is huge. The value of music is all about how it changes someone.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
Especially in New England, I think it’s hard for us young musicians to gain recognition. Of course Boston has beautiful musical venues, but growing up in New Hampshire, I never had many performance opportunities. I’ve gone from only playing at piano recitals and school talent shows to performing at bars or for musical organizations.
What does it mean to be chosen as a Pavoh Music Awards Finalist?
For me, it means a chance. As I’m sure most of us know, the music industry is a tough place to break into. There are so many talented musicians that get pulled under by the tide instead of pushed by the current of the industry. I hope that this competition will bring opportunity to my career, and carry me one step closer to my dream.