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So You Wanna Be A Pop Star, Barny Fletcher?

Putting wannabe pop stars through their paces.
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Published: 10:07 am, July 11, 2019
So You Wanna Be A Pop Star, Barny Fletcher?

Being a pop star is a serious job. You can’t just walk through the door and get started. You need to have a proper interview first. This month’s applicant is Barny Fletcher. The board will see you now.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I’m 21 years old. Born in London. Grew up in Somerset. I rap good and I sing too. I’ve adopted a Slow Loris in Tahiti. His name’s Clarence.

Why do you want to be a pop star?

I wouldn’t say pop star. I just want to take the music as far as it can possibly go and enjoy the journey. There’s no right way of doing this. No formula. The more people who hear my music, the better.

How would your bandmates describe you?

Funny, charming, great to work with, brilliant songwriter. Hahaha.

What are your best and worst qualities?

Best quality: Good taste in clothes, food and people.
Worst quality: I always turn up late to shit. My time management right now is terrible.

What is your biggest failure?

Probably a clothing brand I started and finished when I was like 12. It was called Replica. I sold one hoodie. I don’t want to go into it.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

There are a bunch of accomplishments I’m proud of. Not going to uni but still making a career for myself, this early on, feels good. Let’s hope it continues. I was the first human to set foot on Mars, so that’s tight. Performing with a live band, playing songs that I wrote in my bedroom, is also pretty surreal and I’m pretty prouda’ that.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

It’d be nice to know I can sell-out a show anywhere in the world. I see myself dropping my third, perhaps fourth album, and performing in front of way more people than I do now.

What is your salary expectation?

I’m good with money. Musicians are one of the few professions who literally just get given lump sums when it comes to getting paid. I’ll do something clever with it. Probably buy a property somewhere. Not sure yet. I eventually want to make money while I’m sleeping. But doesn’t everybody? Haha.

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