Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
I am an independent French composer and music producer based in Paris (France) and 22 22 is my electronic (Future Funk) project.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
I have about 20 years’ experience in the music circus: from my beginnings as a hip-hop singer to the pop-electro composer and music producer I am today. Since 2000, I produced beats for many hip-hop artists and crew. In parallel, I tried to develop my style through sound design and jingles creation for radio stations such as the On Air TV-Radio. I have also worked with different groups and labels based in Paris, Stockholm, Atlanta and New York.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
I respect all kind of music where I can feel the energy & emotions. Whatever the style, I need to feel something from Oum Kalthoum, The Beatles, to Prince, Rick Rubin, Timberland …
I also really love all Soul artists from 70’s- 80’s.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
I’ll rely on my guardian angels to make 22 22 bigger than yesterday and bring happiness to people with music.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (P. Coelho “The Alchemist”)
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
It depends. Sometimes I co-write a song. Other times, the singer does the job.
I am a composer, I focus on the music side.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
It’s a real beginning for me, a new adventure from Backstage to the Lights. I rely on my personal and professional network and on the social networks so far before a massive promotion with the professional media (e.g. Yacast Muzicenter)
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Nowadays, music access is mainly free e.g. you don’t need to pay something to hear music on Spotify or Youtube. I’m not against this system. Music is also a return to the roots and artists must be very good in live performances. Time will tell …
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Bob Marley – Zimbabwe An artist & a song which crosses time & generations up to becoming a national anthem. This is music with a goal.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Mixing my song alone is a real challenge. You’re never satisfied. Sometimes, it can be so painful!
But at the end, you become so proud about your mixing work.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Compose an album of 21 songs in 2 weeks for a TV show (broadcasted on Canal+). This was a big success.
I focused during 14 days in one room, sleeping, dreaming, eating, talking about music: dream come true.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
I am working on an album of 12 tracks named “The Angel Number” ready for the mixing step.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?