Interview with Project Icon contestant Barry Hendy. The new reality series starts Sunday 26 March

Project Icon - Meet the contestants hoping to be the UK's Next Music Star

Meet the 10 unsigned UK artists competing for the attention of global singer-songwriter Jason Derulo and his long-time business partner, music mogul Frank Harris

PHOTO: (Image: BBC/ITV Studios/James Stack) Originally Published: March 16, 2023


BBC Three

Barry Hendy


Describe your music style?

My music takes a lot of influence from the 70s and 80s glam-rock and rock-pop scene, the androgynous male image, the colours, the flashy outfits, the camper-y, the theatrics, big vocals, all of it! I just think when I am on stage, that version of me is like a separate entity, just using my words. Like an alien, from Mercury or something. But it’s just very gay to be honest.

What musical influences did you have growing up that inspired you?

Thanks to my nan, I grew up on country, Motown and rock ‘n’ roll and soon after that I started to educate myself on other music genres. My song writing influences started off with Fleetwood Mac and Carole King but when I got a bit older I instantly fell in love with glam-rock and the 70s as a whole. The REAL gender-defying era.

Who are your current musical icons?

My biggest musical icons are: David Bowie, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Pete Burns and Jobriath. I’m an old-fashioned boy who loves the old gays! It’s a bit sad only one of them is still alive so I better act quick, meeting one is better than none! I guess I would love to emulate Bowie’s career the most, to be able to reinvent yourself countless times with a new look and sound and still be just as successful, that’s the ideal career.

What’s the dream?

I have already written/planned/styled/dreamt four albums, each with a different style and sound, showcasing a different side of me, so I’d love to be able to release them all eventually. Obviously we all want to tour the world to share moments with our ‘fans’. Oh and I would also LOVE to show off ALL the skills in my back pocket, I am a quintuple threat! I’m a singer, writer, dancer, actor and a funny man. I want an EGOT!


Project Icon starts on Sunday 26 March at 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

Source BBC Three

March 22, 2023 5:00am ET by Pressparty  


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