|Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones|
PMAKid: You have done a lot of different things that you are well-known for like singing in the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, being on some TV shows and in movies and being the Announcer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Have you always wanted to be a performer? What made you get into it in the first place?
Dicky Barrett: No I don't think I always wanted to be a performer but I've always loved entertainment and entertaining people. As far back as I can remember I've always loved music, Rock and Roll, and especially Punk Rock. I end up doing the things I do just by trying to see if I can. I'm not afraid of failure, and I'm willing to give anything a shot.
PMAKid: Last year, some really cool bands and labels (like React Records and Revelation Records and Mindset and Police & Thieves) were really cool and donated rare stuff to my school for the Hardcore for Education fundraiser that raised almost $3000. Some of that money helped pay for my school's band teacher. We are having another fundraiser in a couple months and you were really nice and said you would help out (thanks!). For you, how important is it for schools to have music and other enrichment programs in elementary schools What do you think about how schools have been cutting out music and arts and stuff?
You're doing a really good thing Julian, and I'm happy to help.
PMAKid: I played trumpet in my school band. The Bosstones has horns in their music. Do you play any instruments like that? Or were you always just a singer?
Dicky Barrett: I played trombone in my school band. I was horrible. I had some natural ability but I didn't apply myself. The band teacher said I was the worst music student and the most successful musician he ever taught.
It's not really fair to the great singers past and present to call me a singer. I'm the front man of The Mighty Mighty BossToneS, and I'd say I'm pretty good at it.
PMAKid: You have toured all over the world. What is the coolest place you have every played. One of my friends (Kevin Seconds) said in his interview that 7 Seconds' weirdest places to play were at a pig farm and at Folsom Prison. What was the weirdest place you ever played?
Dicky Barrett: I like doing shows in Boston the best but I also enjoy playing shows in London England, Tokyo Japan, and Sydney Australia. To be honest it is difficult to not have a great time playing songs you created, with people you love, in front of people that love what you're doing.
PMAKid: You are well known because of the stuff that you have done. I have asked other people, and I wanted to ask you if it is hard being famous. C.J. Wilson said he does not have to deal with it too much, except in Texas. Do you find it is different in different places (like Boston and Los Angeles)?
Dicky Barrett: I am not by any stretch of the imagination what any sane person would call famous. I got some attention for doing something I love doing, and for something I would have done regardless. I'm well known by a certain amount of people for something I played a part in creating, and that's a good thing. In Boston for sure, and sometimes in other places, people recognize me and that doesn't bother me. It means they know my music and like it. Most people that don't like the BossToneS don't know what I look like.
PMAKid: I know from listening to your music that you probably like a lot of different bands and songs. Can you tell me some of your favorite bands and songs and why they are your favorite? I know you are friends with the guys in DYS (Hi Mr. Smalley! Hi Mr. Anastas!) and it was Mr. Anastas who helped me get in touch with you. Your older music definitely has some hardcore feel to it. Did you go to all the old hardcore shows when you were young? Which bands really made an impression on you?
|Mighty Mighty Bosstones|
I think it is probably pertinent to add The Mighty Mighty BossToneS coined the phrase and created the musical genre known as Ska-Core by combining Ska music and Hardcore punk. I consider myself to be "The Godfather Of Ska-Core"
PMAKid: What is the coolest thing about being a dad? How do you teach your kids to keep a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) and stay away from bad things like drugs? How do you yourself keep a positive attitude when bad stuff happens?
Dicky Barrett: I will be a dad for the first time in roughly 8 weeks. My wife is pregnant with our first child, so I'll let you know what it's like at that time.
I've called myself a proud father, devout Mormon, a minor league fast ball pitcher, the Mayor of Monrovia California and the wearer of the worlds best toupee in interviews before, just to amuse the other BossToneS. I'm none of those things but that's going to change in November.
PMAKid: Do you like being the Announcer on Jimmy Kimmel Live? I would be really nervous to be on TV every night like you are! How did you get that job?
Dicky Barrett: I love being the announcer but when I first started I was very nervous. I'm not on TV enough to screw up. The reason I love it so much is because Jimmy and the folks I work with are really nice people. They're my good friends, and they're good friends to have.
Jimmy used to be on the radio in a few different places, Florida, Washington andLos Angeles California among other locations. We met when the BossToneS would go to the stations he was working at to do on air interviews and Jimmy and I became fast friends. When he was offered a TV show he offered me the announcing job.
PMAKid: Are you active in your kids' school? If you are, what do you do to help out?
Dicky Barrett: I'm sure I will be.
PMAKid: I'm guessing that you live somewhere around Los Angeles because that is where the Jimmy Kimmel Live show is at. My dad talks sometimes about missing Connecticut. Do you miss living in Massachusetts?
Dicky Barrett: Good guess. I live pretty close to Hollywood. I miss Boston almost everyday. People that are from Boston have an almost scary pride. It's a great place and I love being there. I love it so much I named my band after it.