Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
A: I’m Jeffrey and I play guitar in Aeveris. We combine a mixture of metalgenres into our vision of metal. You can expect some intense riffing, with elaborated drums and piercing vocals.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
A: We’re from Belgium, hailing from Bruges. I make most of the music, but sometimes I also collaborate with Dennis, our other guitarplayer. We all came from other bands such as Always Fallen, Lethal Injury, Thorium, Fields of Troy. I knew most of the guys from seeing their bands, or playing together with them in older projects.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
A: I listen a lot to all kinds of metal, and find most of my inspiration there. I write most of our music with a liveshow in mind. When it comes to lyrics and vocals, I leave most of that to our singer, Louis Soenens who was previously in Fields of Troy. He writes about everything he feels, and how he perceives the world. There are some pretty rough topics and his mind sometimes goes to dark places. It makes for some intense vocals.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
A: I think we just want to grow naturally as an artist in our metalscene. We’re working hard on our liveperformance. Playing more shows and bigger shows and stages is something we’re striving for.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
A: We’re chosen to play the might Alcatrazfestival this summer, something we are very honored to do.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
A: Things are going fine really. We’ve connected to some local media, and we have some support from Hardlife Promotion. We try to push our music online as much as the next band. It’s about choosing the right channels and audience to set your sights to.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
A: We’ve been in bands for a long time and some of us really do know a lot of people, so that helps. For promotion we rely heavily on Facebook. People can contact us through Facebook as well. We have some 15+ shows coming up this year, including a minitour with Dyscordia. We’re really looking forward to that.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
A: I think it’s the future, and we’re already living it today. I love a good old digipack and cramming it into the cd-player of my car, but there’s no point in fighting streaming sites and all that. You just have to go with it, and make the most of it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: Basically everything that makes you think ‘damn, that’s a good song’. I have it with albums mostly. I would Ascendancy by Trivium, or the new album Shrine by Bleed from Within. It’s such a banger, and delivers all across the album.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
A: It’s hard work for everyone and you really do need to invest a lot. It sucks to see some promising bands not being able to deliver for whatever reason.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
A: We’re preparing for our minitour and preparations for our follow-up album are starting as well. We have a new single coming out on a sampler called ‘Face Your Underground’ somewhere March.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
A: You’ll find everything on our Linktree
Thanks for the interview!
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