Danny Barria, The Big Sleep

MPT continues its look back at 2012, this time with the help of Danny Barria guitarist/vocalist from the Big Sleep, the first North American musician to take part in this series. Rest assured, this won’t be the last mention of the Big Sleep on here this year …

Your Music

Your own musical highlight of the year?

Favourite performance of the year?

What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2012 you’d like to fix?

What you gonna be doing next year?

Kind of feels weird and pluggy to break everything down into pieces. Feels like we come across so sterile when we answer things like this.

The best way to put it is that after a four year break it was great to get back out in the world and be consumed by being in a band again.

Touring the UK and Europe for the first time was pretty great, and diving into another US tour as soon as we got back from that felt like we were accomplishing a lot.

We’re going to keep writing and recording and touring till Sonya decides she’s tired of me. I want to do more and stay as busy as possible, Sonya has a healthier sense of balance.

Others’ Music

3 songs or LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2012? DIIV, Tame Impala, Melody’s Echo Chamber,

Best gig attended? M83 at Central Park Summerstage, DIIV at the Insound offices. Also, I love Sleigh Bells and their light show.

Biggest surprise of 2012? There were a few surprising texts, my friend Bobby wrote one that just said “Scorched earth”

Biggest letdown of 2012? Almost got to play bass with Friends for some shows, ah well, next time

Anything and everything

Event of 2012 Emily White’s birthday party

Lowpoint of 2012 I spent a stretch living on pb&j sandwiches

Hero of 2012 Too many great folks to mention

Villain of 2012 Drunk/high soundguy in El Paso, TX

Favourite place of 2012 Always and forever NYC

Favourite book of 2012 Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives

Favourite film of 2012 LOOPER!! Love that Rian Johnson. You had me at “Brick”

Something to look forward to in 2013? GANGSTER SQUAD! Tame Impala shows! Quicksand at Webster Hall!