Paul Johnson-Calderon Interviews Lydia Hearst's New Beau Joe Barney

Paul Johnson-Calderon

Lately, I've been trying to get out in a much less redundant manner. Let me explain myself: You can go to some fierce people-party any old evening and see the same five social types that are at all of those sort of gigs. You can go to Beatrice and get pushed around by a room jam-packed with hipstery fashion interns all night, any night; or Gramercy and guzzle champagne and bop your head to the beat of some track you've never heard. As I assume you can all deduce from my tone, this sort of "nightlife" gets, well, repetitive to say the least. So, in an effort to mix it up, I decided to try something (sort of) new. A concert. I know what you're thinking, 'ooooooooh way to break the vicious cycle,' but it turned out to be everything I expected it to be and more.

So last Wednesday night, my good friend, model -- and now actress. Um, Hello? Gossip Girl -- Lydia Hearst, invited me and room full of fun New York social types and friends from home to see her boyfriend, Joe Freimuth, perform live under the monicker Joe Barney at The Bitter End in SoHo. In attendance were Jessica Joffe, Leven Rambin, Francesco "Izzy Gold" Civetta and sister Christina, Jamie Korey, Nicole Hanley, Traver Rains and Richie Rich of Heatherette, along with a slew of college and high school friends of Lydia's and Joe's.

I was able to sit down with the couple of the night, right afterward for a quick interview:

Paul Johnson-Calderon: Describe Joe's music/sound.
Lydia Hearst: His music is pop/rock. Sort of John Mayer meets Radiohead. From the plainspoken lyrics to melodic harmony I think everyone can find something they can relate to within his music.

PJ-C: When did the band form? How long have you been singing/songwriting?
Joe Barney: I started out playing covers for friends in my freshman year dorm at Duke. Next thing I knew I was playing local bars, fraternity parties and campus events. I started writing my own songs when I moved to New York in 2006. I'm focusing now on finishing the full-length album that I will be recording in Los Angeles this summer. It's great being a solo artist because for any particular show or recording session I get to assemble different groups of incredible musicians. I've learned so much from all the musicians I've worked with and I feel like it's really helping me grow as an artist.

PJ-C: Lyds, what's it like dating a musician?
LH: He's wonderful. It is not about the career, but about the individual.

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