Barney Lister announces solo project and drops the socially loaded ‘The Isles’ featuring MC Trim
In his hometown of Huddersfield, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Barney Lister’s early musical education was informed by drumming in bands as well as playing various brass instruments in an Orchestra. After leaving school he grafted as a pot washer, dodging knives thrown by angry chefs while saving up for a bedroom studio. Three years ago he moved to London to study and began producing records, honing his approach through a deft arrangement of the organic and electronic elements in his sound.
Two years later and Lister was invited to set up shop in Mark Ronson’s studio, where he worked with many artists who have now broken through. He now finds himself as one of the most exciting young producer/songwriters in the country, having recently worked with Celeste, Shura, Obongjayar, Steamdown, Bad Girls and many more. Signed to Different Recordings (Greentea Peng, Anna Of The North etc), Lister is currently working on his new project including some exciting features to come.
Barney’s solo project is a vehicle for exploring his two musical passions: collaborating, and finding ever deeper, ever darker driving electronic club cuts. His new release ‘The Isles’ sees Barney teaming up with one of his favourite rappers, east London grime MC Trim. Barney’s beat shifts and grinds, rumbling like tectonic plates beneath Trim’s subtle pithy bars as they articulate a profound detachment and disillusionment. The accompanying video, shot by director Cieron Magat at one of London’s protests this summer, captures the indignation pointedly.
‘The Isles’ is a track for our troubled times. Barney Lister’s debut EP comes out later this year on Different Recordings with its first single ‘The Isles’ out now.