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Meet Erez Barnea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erez Barnea.

Erez, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in the USSR and at the age of two, we moved to Israel. Music was always a huge part of my life. If it’s the records collection of my parents, the first time I picked the electric guitar at the age of 12 or the acoustic guitar I dragged with me to every military base during my service at the IDF. After my military service, I had to deal with some PTSD and writing songs was for me like a therapy. When I felt confident enough, I started doing open mics and soon enough gathered a decent following. Luckily enough, I randomly met my soon to be producer and best friend, Shahar Even Tzur, and we recorded an album together. During the recording process, I met a woman that will become my wife, Samantha, a valley girl born and raised. We decided that the best thing for our future careers and family would be to move to LA. Summer of 2017, I moved here and I’ve been making music and performing ever since. Can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so I can back on that stage! I also have a ten months boy named Dylan (after Bob Dylan obviously)

Has it been a smooth road?
I feel that the fact that my road was full of obstacles only made me a stronger person and made me even more willing to chase my dream and not settle for an average Joe life. If it’s my parents getting divorced when I was ten or my military service as a combat fighter, it all shaped me to work harder and better so I can live my dream the way I wanted. I have a tattoo of a Pearl Jam quote on my arm that says, “I know I was born, and I know that I’ll die, the in-between is mine” and I very much live by that.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m a singer-songwriter that’s influenced strongly by Bob Dylan and 90s rock. Which means that I’m super honest and my songs come from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes sarcastic, sometimes emotional, but always brutally honest. Recently I started a new band with my friends Tyler Wood and Justin Salter and we’re gonna take over the world!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
That’s a good question that I really don’t know how to answer. Especially because of the pandemic I’m trying to live day by day. We don’t know nothing about this virus and how it’s gonna keep effecting our lives so 5-10 years from now? Who the fuck knows?! Am I allowed to cuss here?? Lol But jokes aside, I feel like rock n roll right now is not fully in the mainstream and that’s the perfect spot for it. Rocknroll always thrived in the underground so I’m expecting to see an explosion soon. Also, I have my own Podcast “C U Next Tuesday” available almost everywhere and one of the goals of this podcast is to make the “LA scene” less an arms race and more like a big family. Bring unity to the musical community if you will.

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All images were taken by my wife, @sammynicolephotography,

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