Whoever has been to New York City at least once in their life might be familiar with its magic, its people and its impact on someone. It is hard to tell what it is, but music definitely plays a part in it. Whether it is a small live club like The Bitter End or The Radio City Music Hall, there is music at every corner. The stories and song of 5J Barrow capture exactly how it feels like walking around the streets of New York, whether it is Brooklyn or the Upper East Side. How they do it? By putting their heart and soul into their creative process. We were lucky to ask Eryn some questions which we do not want to hold back:
Hi Guys, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of our questions, but most importantly; how are you today?
I’m doing great, thanks! We’ve been enjoying the beauty of autumn and touring our music all over the place.
Your name “5J Barrow” was inspired by an apartment on Barrow Street in New York City. Would you say the Big Apple in general has a huge influence on your music?
I would certainly say so. We grew our band for six years while living in NYC, so a lot of our music originates from what we’ve lived and experienced in the city along with what we’ve yearned for. NYC has a way of pushing you and definitely built our perseverance and strength. Living in the city also made us yearn for nature and simplicity – that finds its way into our music quite often..
You pride yourself in playing your music anywhere and everywhere. Can you recall the first memory in your lives that is connected to music?
I have blurry memories of being a little toddler and naturally singing and dancing. Any time I would hear music, I was drawn to it and happy. I am told that as a baby I wouldn’t wake up crying, instead I would start singing.
With the growing fan base and success, do you personally feel any pressure coming along with it?
Honestly, no. Everytime we connect with a new person through our music it’s an absolute joy and feels like a natural growth. Growing a band is a process and we’ve enjoyed approaching it more like a marathon vs a sprint, that way it feels organic and not so overwhelming.
Besides music, do you use other artistic expressions and in your opinion, what makes music so unique?
Jason and I met as professional actors, so we artistically express ourselves that way as well. What makes music so unique is that when it’s coming from an honest place it has the power to connect and transform those who listen. It’s incredible how depending on the person listening, it can mean something completely different for them to the next person.
The mission of our website is bringing people together with the power of music and letting them share a story to a song that is connected to something special in their life as a song that helped someone might be able to help someone else too. Is there a specific song that helped you and would you mind sharing the story?
Out of our newest EP, THE JOURNEY: VOL. 1, the song that really helped me as I wrote it, and I hope can help others feel connected, is our song ‘A New Begin’. I wrote that at a point when I was feeling quite alone, but not in a sad way, more in a self-realization that no one else can go on my journey except me. I am incredibly lucky in having a loving support system, but from the first breath I took to the last breath I will take, all I have is myself. It’s still hard for me to completely sit comfortably in but it’s something I’m constantly working on: embracing my loneliness and allowing it to empower me. When I sing it or listen to it, it stirs up emotions in me that I know are healthy for me to confront, feel, and work through from time to time.
There is an ongoing debate whether music has the ability to save someone. Would you mind sharing your own opinions on this?
I believe music has that power in at least assisting in saving someone. Music can be incredibly healing, motivating, lifting and most importantly allow you to know that there is someone else out there who is feeling what you’re feeling or going through what you’re going through. The way it can connect to some of our deepest fears and joys is profound and transformative.
Before we wrap-up, is there anything you’d like to say to people who are struggling at the moment?
I know for myself, when I’m feeling down, a recipe to feeling better is putting on my headphones, turning on some of my favorite tunes, album or playlist, and motivating myself to go for a walk. By the end of that walk, my troubles usually feel a little less burdensome. I hope this can help anyone who’s willing to try!
Again, thank you so much for taking the time!
Thank you so much! xx