By Nicholas Jason Lopez
A melodious melting pot of American rock, gospel, metal and southern blues, Barbara Black hasn’t missed a step since the release of her third album ‘Love, Death & Flies’ earlier this year.
It’s another notch on the belt of an independent career that has been going strong since 2016 and has brought her notoriety around the United Kingdom and Spain.
A five-time award-winner for Best National Female Rock Singer in Spain by La Heavy Magazine readers (2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020), Black has proven to be a hot commodity in the international rock world – a force not to be reckoned with.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with Black about ‘Love, Death & Flies’ and more.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Barbara Black – First of all, the band has been forced to postpone concert dates twice, as well as the recording of our next video or even rehearsals, but it has not only affected us on a musical level, also the jobs of some members of the group have suffered and unfortunately, very close relatives have also died.
Music Bugle – What has been the most productive thing you’ve done while in quarantine?
Barbara Black – During the quarantine, we have taken advantage of the time recording videos about the songs from the album that we have uploaded to our YouTube channel. We have also done quite a bit of sport.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Barbara Black – Of course, what makes me keep fighting for music is how in love I am with it. On our previous album, ‘Ad Libitum,’ I wrote a song that talks exactly about it. It’s called, “Love Murders.”
Music Bugle – In your opinion, what has been your proudest accomplishment?
Barbara Black – Undoubtedly, the best accomplishment is the support our fans gave us in the two crowdfunding campaigns we did in order to record and publish our two albums. Also, it was very special when our single “Shiva” was chosen in the AEV Eurovision Festival in 2017.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Barbara Black – I am listening to In This Moment, Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne. I love his last album.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something about you that people might be surprised to know?
Barbara Black – I am a very bad chef! (Laughs) and I am very passionate about animals and I like to collaborate with some associations, such as Rainfer or Burrolandia.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs was the hardest to write or compose?
Barbara Black – Undoubtedly, the most complicated song was “Kissed By Flames.” We got to compose up to four different versions of choruses. “Queen Of Flies” also got a bit tricky, but in my opinion, when creativity is worked, it is part of the process.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder for a musician to stand out these days?
Barbara Black – I think it is harder. There are different kind of musicians. Not everyone is professional, but we all have the same free tools.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music scene?
Barbara Black – On one hand, I would like to see solidarity more often and on the other hand, more live concerts. Of course, since the virus came, all our music activities have been cancelled.
Music Bugle – What was it like making ‘Love, Death & Flies’?
Barbara Black – Composing ‘Love, Death & Flies’ has been a wonderful process that I have been able to share with my colleagues, full of special and intimate moments, in which we have continued to grow, learn and enjoy together.