Barnabas was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia.
After studying percussion and drum kit throughout his primary and secondary education, Barnabas began performing professionally as a drummer in 2005, commencing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz on Drum Kit the same year at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. In 2006 he was awarded the Billy Hyde Music Adelaide Award (Drum Kit), and was named Most Outstanding Jazz Drums Undergraduate for 2006. During his third year as a jazz student, Barnabas joined acclaimed Adelaide band Etypejazz, now Etype. The following year Barnabas toured The United States of America with Etype as part of the G’Day USA Festival. Etype performed in Los Angeles and New York in renowned venues such as Times Square, The Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom.
After graduating with First Class Honours in 2008, Barnabas completed a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2009.That same year Etype performed in Auckland, New Zealand, as part of a South Australia Government Consortium Delegation.
2010 saw Barnabas continuing his involvement in festivals around Adelaide and the country areas, including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Thredbo Jazz Festival. Other musical projects included the penning of the score for the KingMac Films short film Riding Derrick, extended original song compositions and studio work including the recording and mixing of a PhD album with and for guitarist Quentin Angus (NY).
In 2011 Etype performed at the Barossa Under The Stars concert, supporting Sting as part of his Symphonicities tour, the Margarey Medal Dinner (Aami Stadium) and South Australian food and wine festivals such as the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend and the Sea and Vines Festival. As well as playing for private and corporate functions, Barnabas performed as a drum kit accompanist for the Australian Girls Choir Winter Showcase Concert (SA Chapter), renowned singer Ali McGregor’s (Melbourne) Adelaide Fringe show ‘Something Old, Something New’, and the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation South Australian Championships (Thebarton Theatre).
Throughout 2012 -2015 Barnabas increased his work in teaching and instructing Music at both primary and secondary levels. In addition to teaching, he had the pleasure of recording and launching Etype’s final album in 2014, titled ‘Martini Blue’, continuing to work with the Australian Girls Choir and performing in Adelaide including part festivals such as the Feast and Fringe festivals. He also worked with the Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of South Australia, performing in productions of Brigadoon, Grease and The Boy From Oz. In 2015 Etype disbanded, however since 2014 Barnabas has been a member of Palomino Deluxe, a country band which takes inspiration from the pioneers of early country music as well as modern country artists with roots in traditional music.
While primarily a drummer, vocalist and pianist, Barnabas has recently he began studying Video Game Music, and to that end is currently studying a PhD, and maintains an active role in academic conference and publishing activities. He continues to DJ and compose both film, television and pop/rock music.
- Pearl and Ludwig drum kits including hardware
- Sabian, Zildjian and Masterwork cymbals
- Remo and Evans drum skins
- Vic Firth drum sticks
- LP Latin Percussion, Pearl and Remo percussion instruments
- Gator drum/hardware cases
- Apple, Android and PC-based computers and portable devices
- LG monitors
- Edirol (Roland) interface hardware
Sound Live Performance/Recording:
- Allen & Heath mixers
- AKG Microphones
- Edirol (Roland) Field Recorders
- Kawai and Roland keyboards/digital pianos
- Sennheiser headphones
- JBL EON and PRX and Logitech speakers
- Proel Die Hard, Stagg and Maximum and Proel cables
- On Stage speaker stands
- Pioneer DJ controllers
- Hard Case lead bags
- JBL speaker bags
- Road Ready mixer case
- Ahead Armor Cases