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Betty The Raccoon


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?

BTR: If I would make an analogy that would be an action packed evening with our grandparents which will end in the coziest dinner ever. It’s like metal with cookies and hot chocolate.

 

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

BTR: We are based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Each member has been playing music since childhood and it was only a matter of time and some Facebook ads to bring us together. We love playing and writing music and even more we like performing it so we can share it with everyone. Also our band comes packed not only with music but with a whole forest of little animal characters, each with its own backstory and traits, and their story is unfolding in parallel with the band.

 

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?

BTR: Apart from the obvious musical heroes an additional influence and push is the satisfaction we get when you see people singing along our songs and having a great time with us. This sensation that we make someone having a great time is what drives us to make music mostly. Of course there is the artistic expression tendencies but remember the grandparents analogy? How happy do you feel when you give cookies to people and see their smiles?

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

BTR: We would love to play around the world, meet new people and see packed places and venues with people having a blast in our shows.

 

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

BTR: We felt proud every time we ask the question “Did you have a good time today at our show?” and the answer is “Hell yes!”. We are happy this happens a lot when we play a show.

 

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?

BTR: Challenge with capital “C” and bold letters please. Mostly because nowadays you have to always be there and do something every day. Long gone are the days where you could send several demo tapes to promoters/labels and wait for it to bear fruit. Today it feels like if you miss a day of social media promo you are left behind and people have already forgotten about you. I personally feel it’s not the amount of new artists, as an absolute number, that does the task difficult. It’s that the human brain can only absorb so much in terms of information. As bad as it may sound we don’t have time to invest into a new band/song any more as listeners. If our song doesn’t catch the potential fan’s attention in a matter of “tik tok video” time, we lost the train.

 

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

BTR: We do most of the work ourselves. For promotion we use ads on social media and Youtube. Also with the help of other local bands we promote shows together to maximize reach. So far there are no performances coming up as we finished a small tour in Greece and we are getting ready for more appearances most probably in spring.

 

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

BTR: It certainly needs more effort to stand out against so many new artists but on the other hand it’s a awesome that people all over the world can listen to your music. It’s not a small feat. This was possible only via labels and promotion companies before the age of the internet and only if the label approved your material. Now I can make the weirdest song ever and make a person happy to listen to it in Brazil.

 

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

BTR: You would be surprised to know that it’s not a famous band’s it’s not a released song. I am very supportive when I see people starting learning a musical instrument. So a friend of mine started guitar 2 years ago and lately he was into songwriting. He invited me to show me a riff and a vocal melody. I immediately thought “How didn’t I come up with that?” and asked “Can I steal it?”. Of course the answer was a big emphatic “NO”!

 

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

BTR: Honestly I can’t think something I don’t like. One of the improvements though I would like to see is more tools and more opportunities for new bands to play shows and promote locally. Music is a bless to have as a hobby and it can be a drag to find a place to play as rightfully so the place is a business that needs to make ends meet.

 

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

BTR: Currently we are trying to promote our latest album “Between Mud & Sunshine” over the winter and prepare for shows in the spring.

 

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

BTR: On our official website you can find everything. From band info, forest and animals characters info as well as our own shop where you can buy our music and merch. Other than that you can find us on all major social media @bettytheraccoon.

Betty The Raccoon links:
Band/Artist location – Thessaloniki, Greece
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