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?
BTV: Pretty much straight to the point. We let our music speak for itself, which is a melting pot of all of our influences mixing old and new school bands we grew up on, slowly getting into our own sound.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
BTV: We’re from Topeka, KS but my brother Alec (Vocals/Guitar) and i moved outside of town where it all began in Ozawkie when we were in highschool jamming with our lifelong friend Tyler Shuford (guitar) jamming covers of bands like megadeth, metallica, Slayer etc. so we definitely came from a thrash background. My brother and I have always had a thing for music, growing up on classic rock and going to shows getting inspired to want to do this ourselves. We’ve been through a couple bass players throughout the years but having our friend Tyler along for the ride has been a blessing and solidifies us three as being the core of this project.
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?
BTV: Nothing makes us happier. This is our special thing we are proud of and are very fortunate to be doing what we love to do. We get inspired by making music we love and connecting with people who dig it and can relate with what we do. Going out and playing live shows and exchanging the energy between us and the crowd, there’s nothing more beautiful than that. We’re also inspired by the bands we grew up on, especially getting to see them live. We like to write about real life situations or events. How the human mind works and personal things like anxiety, depression, and confusion – Topics we hope people can relate to.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
BTV: We wanna keep traveling more and more as the years go, meeting new people and developing relationships, building a bigger fanbase. Staying busy and always pushing content is what keeps us driven to do bigger and better things.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
BTV: Going on tour in Europe in 2018 with Waco Jesus, Cliteater, Meet The Mailman, and Death Bed Confession for about a month was probably the proudest moment so far. The experience was so fun and taught us a lot about being far from home on the road and how things work on tour. Something we will never forget.
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?
BTV: Yes there’s a lot of that and we’re right along with them trying to push whatever content we can like playthroughs and music videos. We just try to keep pushing and continue what we do without overthinking anything – hoping more and more people will catch on through reviews on releases and other content we put out.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
BTV: We have some contacts thankfully to fill in little runs or tours we do, and of course, promote all those things on every social platform ahead of time to really promote and make it as big of a thing as we can. Right now we’re gonna be getting back in the studio early next year to record anoher EP – hoping to do a couple tours promoting the release in 2023. We just have a couple one off shows booked early next year, but right now, it’s pretty much focusing on grind time in the studio.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
BTV: It’s definitely beneficial in some ways and we’re all guilty of it. Spotify is a great platform and we use it as well, but there’s just something nostalgic about having it physically in your hands, reading the lyrics, looking through all the artwork, and just making it a whole experience.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BTV: CKY-96 Quite Bitter Beings. Alec and Tyler absolutely love that main riff and wish they had written it. It’s their all time favorite riff.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
BTV: It’s like the wild west out there. These days can be very helpful or cause a project to get washed into the mix, meaning anyone has the ability to push and promote their craft on streaming channels and create a following, but if you don’t take advantage of those things and know how to promote yourself, you could almost never see progress.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
BTV: We are currently working on and wrapping up these songs we have going into the studio for early next year
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
BTV: We have a website bleedthevictim.com We are on all of the social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok etc. You can also find us on BandCamp, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal, Soundcloud, Pandora, Apple Music, Youtube, iHeartRadio, and ReverbNation. There are more out there but those are the main ones.
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