Monday, January 10, 2011

David Barrett Trio Produced by Alex Lifeson

Exactly a year ago, I played my new solo album The Dead Arm for guitar hero and mentor Alex Lifeson. He liked it and mentioned that maybe we should consider doing something together in the future. I agreed.  He advised me to write a ton of music which we would then later sift through and pick the best tunes to develop. His other advice was to  include some other musicians to further develop the songs. I asked Sascha Tukatsch to play drums and Jason Farrar to play bass. We arranged the music and worked really hard on it. Their contributions and enthusiasm have been truly outstanding! After the Rush Time Machine tour ended and Big Al was rested, we went into his studio and recorded three tunes: Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance. Rich Chycki engineered. Rich produced my first solo album back in 1995, everything I’ve learned about recording I’ve learned from Rich, I don’t think there’s anyone better. And Big Al’s approach to arranging, performance, and production was truly illuminating. We also had a lot of laughs in the studio, more than I can remember on any sessions I’ve ever done. We’ve finished these three and will release them soon, once we figure out the details. I just wanted to let everyone know that we’ve got some new music ready to be released and that we’re very excited about the whole thing!


  1. Jealous! Looking to form a band soon, Rush is a big influence, love to hear your feedback on some of my prose if you are so inclined!

  2. Congrats, & Big Al rocks. He's, by far, my favourite guitarist ever. Can't wait to pick this up when it's finished!


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Borne from the mind of guitarist / composer David Barrett and at the behest of friend, mentor and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, The David Barrett Trio was formed in the early summer of 2010. Drawing from a catalog of well over 40 new compositions intended for the trio – including bassist Jason Farrar and percussionist Sascha Tukatsch, they began fleshing out the music for an instrumental progressive rock trio in July 2010. Demoing and tweaking the material throughout the summer and early fall of 2010 led to an invitation to debut the work in progress at Toronto’s Gibson Guitar Artist Showroom. The trio used this invitation as a milestone in their preparation for the eventual recordings.

During a brief touring, acting (yes, Alex plays a Scottish doctor in the sequel to the smash hit Trainspotting) and writing hiatus, producer Alex Lifeson scheduled the first of several intended recording sessions in early December of 2010. Manning the console for these sessions would be renown recording and mix engineer Richard Chycki ( Rush, Dream Theater ). Three songs were mixed from the first sessions – the aggressive Hollowbody, the multidimensional Sonar, and the melancholy Disappearance. David Barrett Trio’s first three singles Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance are now available for download on iTunes and all other digital distributors.

As a result from all the attention these three instrumentals generated, David has become an endorsing artist for Pigtronix Futuristic Analog Technology, Mack Amps, and d’Addario Canada, as well as a product tester for Gibson Guitars. Alex Lifeson’s famous Gibson double neck guitar was on loan to David for the last couple of years, and can be heard all over the trios recordings.

A photo session with HotHouse photographer Paul Reid has produced the Yousuf Karsh influenced images that effectively portray the trio and their unique style. Already Reid’s pictures of Barrett have been published in international guitar magazines such as Premier Guitar, and the trio has already received stellar reviews in publications, such as Prog Rock Magazine.

In May of 2012 David Barrett Trio was asked to participate in an all day Alan Parsons Master Class recording workshop at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, in which they were the band being engineered and produced by Alan Parsons himself. The result was the epic song Belmonte, the only DB3 tune to feature vocals. The vocals were done by none other than the bands photographer and album artwork designer, Paul Reid.

The members of the The David Barrett Trio have a well established history and a portfolio of international touring and recording – experiences that translate well, both on and off stage. In Toronto, DB3 has played a year long residency at the prestigious Orbit Room (coincidentally owned by Alex Lifeson), headlined at larger concert venues such as Mod Club Theatre, and opened for prog rock legends Saga, to a sold out crowd at The Sound Academy.

David Barrett Trio’s self titled debut album has been completed as of the autumn of 2012, containing tracks produced by Alex Lifeson, Alan Parsons and Richard Chycki. The album will be released in the winter of 2013.

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