Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
ARR: We are a hybrid rock band from London.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
ARR: The band, consisting of Edoardo Mariotti (Drummer/Producer) and Quentin Roelandt (Guitarist/Producer/Mixer), started a few months ago. The idea being that we wanted to make the project original. So we basically wrote and produced all the instruments together and then had a guest feature on the track. It’s usually a vocalist, but it can be bass or a second guitar. In that way, it’s always a good surprise for our fans.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
ARR: We have different influences, of course. TesseracT, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Defecto… sometimes more djent stuff like Monuments, Kadinja & Periphery. We listen to a lot of stuff, and we are not playing one style of rock or metal. It all just depends on the mood.
There’s not really anything that doesn’t influence us. Even if it’s a different genre, sometimes we use some rhythm or techniques from different styles.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
ARR: We all dream of being big and having millions of fans, but Realistically, in the next five years, from a live perspective, we really want to be the support act for well-established bands. And of course to write more music. We do understand as full-time, active musicians in London that it takes time, but we feel it’s essential to try to set achievable goals and reach them. As we only have one song out right now, we wanted to have at least 10K streams on the song, which we will reach by next week, so it’s a good start.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
ARR: We write, produce, edit, mix & master everything ourselves. For us, every song must always have a solid melody, punch and a great hook. That’s what every band tries to do, though, right? Again, as each track has different guests, the vibe depends on the way we wrote the song. If we write something very intense and punchy, we want the lyrics to be the same, so it fits well together.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
ARR: Mainly through social media. We’ve worked with some private PR companies, publishers, online bloggers… people that connect to our music and yet allow us to maintain control over how we present ourselves. Of course, if there is an opportunity to work with a label, production company or anyone that can help develop us… we are open to it.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
ARR: We are not against it if it’s used legally and if people pay for downloading it. We think that generation after generation, things change and we have to move with these things and adapt ourselves to the times we are in. For now, we understand people download, stream more… so it’s all good. Even if it’s not the best way for an artist to make a living. If it’s done legally, and with respect to the artists, it’s fine.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
ARR: There’s so many it’s hard to pick one! We will say Survival by TesseracT (Album Polaris). We love everything on that track really, the production, the hook, seeing them live and thinking “wish I’d written that”. The bass and drums sound so good, as well, but we all know that is typical of their sound. That kind of clean vocals are the ones we really like. Those guitars at the end are really groovy and punchy as well.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
ARR: Lockdown is very hard so we can’t be together all the time. We’ve had to work remotely, but once you find a great method of work, everything starts to become easier.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
ARR: When we’ve listened back to our songs and are very happy with them. It’s a very proud moment.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
ARR: We are working on some songs, of course, and we have another single that will be released very soon. We’re really excited about our next guest. We can’t wait to show you!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
ARR: Our debut single is available via this link on major streamings platforms: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/allrunsred/what-good-would-that-do-feat-mike-murphy