AIN’T – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

AIN’T: Politically incorrect!


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

AIN’T: I started to play when I was in middle school, but things got serious near the end of high school, when they hired me as a bass player in some bands in my area. Before the AIN’T solo project, I had joined mostly mixed cover bands and only one band where we made new songs. With this group we achieved quite important goals in the Italian context. When that band ended its cycle, I didn’t really put much into music. I undertook some cover and original projects where, however, there was not much understanding and therefore they got to an end in a short time. In 2017 I released a record that has its roots in Brit rock but I withdrew it from the web because I recanted it. Then, in recent years many things have changed in my life, especially as regards my way of seeing the world and I felt that there was a need to create AIN’T.


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?

AIN’T: My lifestyle, my paranoia, my vision of the world, everything related to my daily life and my personality. To confirm this, the artwork of “Lo-Fi Demo EP” is my prostate ultrasound. I think that it perfectly represents the concept of narcissism and egocentrism.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

AIN’T: I can’t set myself the goal of becoming a world-class rock star because I’m too politically incorrect. Therefore, no major would bet on me, or if any did, it would ask me to be different, especially in the times we are living in. Statistically, it works like this. Then, you never know, who knows! I believe in myself a lot but where there’s a will there’s not always a way, cause only people with power have always a way. For now, I’m keeping my feet on the ground and I’d simply be satisfied with making a living out of art, humbly, but even so it’s very complicated.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

AIN’T: Moments are all the same.


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?

AIN’T: In a fast-paced age, where most artists have the opportunity to show themselves at 360 degrees through the internet, we need to be just as fast in selecting what we like or dislike. In the musical field, this often means to briefly listen to everything that is proposed to us, without anyway getting further into the object itself and this is very sad. All in all I think it’s good for both artists and listeners because the web gives you the chance to be there. Then, it’s up to you to promote yourself well and stand out among a huge amount of art. Most of the time, it’s a matter of luck to get caught by someone important who wants to launch you. This is for sure. You have to be in the right place at the right time, whether it’s virtual or real.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

AIN’T: Until now we haven’t played live because my intention was to expatriate and continue producing music abroad. Given this uncertainty, I haven’t bothered looking for session workers to play my music live in Italy. I will most likely move to another country by the end of the year and my goal is to start playing live just there.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

AIN’T: I think it is a consequence of the excessive amount of art present on the net. Through the web we learn about a lot of music and, often, we cannot buy everything we like. At least that’s how it is for us mere mortals! As concerns music streaming sites, as I’ve already said in one of the previous answers, they give all artists the possibility to show themselves and in my opinion it is good for both the listeners and the artists but, I’ll say it again, we must not listen to music superficially. Because this is the death of art.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

AIN’T: There are so many songs that I love and drive me crazy but there is none I wish I’d written. I always find something I would change and do it my way. It also happens on all my tracks in hindsight. Even in my songs I would change something! Perfection exists only in our imagination. And it is so large that it is impossible to put everything in black and white.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

AIN’T: Everything, but it would take up too many lines to talk about it here.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

AIN’T: I’m currently working on a single. This is a cover of a very badass punk band. I haven’t scheduled its release yet but there won’t be a long wait.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

AIN’T: AIN’T is everywhere! You can buy the merch on Bandcamp or request it directly from me with a direct message through your favourite social network.

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