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Birdeatsbaby – Interview


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?

Birdeatsbaby: A mixture of many genres and many instruments but firmly rooted in progressive and metal music.

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: Mishkin – I came from a religious background in London where I learned all my musical skills by singing in church and playing the piano/organ. I have since stepped away from that and channelled my skills into rock music. The other members of the band all have very different musical leanings so together we are a big melting pot of ideas. But, mostly metal.

 

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?

Birdeatsbaby: What inspires us is constantly changing – it’s whatever we’re into. Currently we’re listening to a lot of Gojira and Opeth in the tour van, but Hana is always influencing us with classical music and Anna will sometimes try to play us… Toto

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Birdeatsbaby: To inspire people to step away from the norm and experience something different, and maybe just have some fun, we’re quite tongue-in-cheek with our theatrics. To be honest, our favourite thing about being in a band is that it connects you with people who are moved by your music, and that’s a truly amazing thing to part of, to be part of something bigger than yourself.

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: I think for a band like us that have been going so long and still quite underground, we’re just proud that we are still evolving, still writing and still have an amazing fanbase who want us to continue to make unusual music. I guess we could talk about going on some big festival stages or supporting bigger artists but really, we’re just proud to still be going and we love every moment of being in a band.

 

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?

Birdeatsbaby: Well we have to mention our manager here, Simon – he basically is the only member of the band who doesn’t get on stage. He’s always busily building our next press campaign, booking our next tour or hands on helping with video shoots and shows – he is an incredible force and we would not be the band we are today without him. He has taken us through some really crazy times and tough challenges as a band and we’re still here because of that. I don’t think we deserve him to be honest, we’re all such divas, haha. But he handles all our promotion, and of course we have some help from our Flock too…

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: Right now we’re actually just sitting tight. The music industry is going through a very unstable time and it’s hard to make money playing shows. We don’t want to burn ourselves out unnecessarily so we’re just taking time to write, record and put out music in video form until we are able to make it financially viable for us to tour again. Right now it’s just too difficult, the world is in a bit of a state!

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: While we acknowledge that Spotify and streaming is a wonderful way to discover music we are quite unhappy with how it treats the creators of the music it uses. In fact, Mishkin was involved in a documentary on this very matter, it’s aptly called The Way The Music Died, you can watch it here and see for yourself what Spotify is doing to the music industry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4bSLvwhkI0

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: Opeth – Ghost of Perdition. What a monster of a song! You just can’t beat that introduction, it’s feral. It also is incredibly clever and beautiful and soft in parts, it’s just a mighty song.

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: I would make sure the musicians got paid. This is the thing we are facing right now – it’s becoming almost impossible to have a sustainable career, we’ve all got other jobs to help us pay the bills, it’s getting worse and it’s really discouraging for the future artists who might want to go into music. I would make sure that the tech giants paid better rates for their streaming platforms, I think this would solve a lot of problems for musicians.

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: Our new album is called HEX. It’s 9 songs of progressive, esoteric, metal. It’s going to be an enigmatic puzzle of an album and perhaps not an easy listen, we like to keep our fanbase on their toes and we always try to never repeat ourselves.

 

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

Birdeatsbaby: The best place to support us is on Patreon.com/birdeatsbaby because this is where we release all our music and videos and connect first. It’s also how the band is funded. Apart from that you can find our entire back catalogue on bandcamp with all our merchandise too… we even have booty shorts.

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Band/Artist location – Brighton, UK
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