Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BN: I am an alternative rock artist. I have been described as “The Guns ‘N’ Roses and Biffy Clyro love child. “ – Aidan
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BN: I received my first electric guitar when I was 10 years old and since then have always been passionate about playing and writing my own music. I had around two guitar teachers over a period of time however I never seemed to gel with learning that way. I eventually just taught myself most things through watching guitar playthroughs of my favourite songs on YouTube or watching a DVD I had of Guns ‘N’ Roses live at the Tokyo Dome, seeing the way Slash played guitar had me rewinding the DVD until I could try and mimic the technique he was using. I was hooked from then on to continue soaking up as many guitar techniques and styles as possible, I was obsessed with playing and learning. Throughout all my teenage years I had consistently been in bands with my close friends from high school but decided to go our separate ways. Blue Nicotine was then born and I have been pursing that ever since, aiming to build it as big as possible.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BN: Guns ‘N’ Roses, Black Stone Cherry, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters and The 1975 are my main influences, however as guitarists go, Slash and Gary Moore are top of the list. Out with music I enjoy films, I’m a huge movie fan however my favourite film genre is Horror. My favourite horror film director is Rob Zombie. Sometimes when watching these films I subconsciously imagine writing music to go along with certain scenes. So that is definitely a prominent influence too.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BN: My dream is to have the opportunity to play the bucket list venues and festivals such as Barrowlands in Glasgow, 02 Academy Glasgow and Download Festival/Reading & Leeds Festival. The main goal really is to continue writing as much music as possible and watching Blue Nicotine continue to grow. This is all I see and have ever seen myself doing as a career so If I can continue that in whatever capacity is possible then I am one very happy and very fortunate guy. – Aidan
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BN: I write all the music and lyrics for all the songs. All my songs aim to spread positivity in all that you do in life. Even if some of the songs seem negative or doom and gloom, there is usually always a positive ending or positivity laced through the lyrics in some way or another. – Aidan
PD: How do you promote yourself and shows?
BN: I am always posting on social media aiming to keep Blue Nicotine at the forefront every one’s minds. I distribute leaflets at every opportunity I possibly can down the high street or leave them on the tables in trains. My main aim is to create not only fans but lifelong connections and a strong community feeling! – Aidan
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BN: We think this is a good idea as this gives people another option to share music with their friends to listen to and help grow the artist they are listening to. Word of mouth is still the most powerful tool, no matter how the music is being listened to. Having the option for fans to download it and share it instantly is priceless in terms of getting the band/artist name out there to new people who could become fans!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BN: Estranged by Guns ‘N’ Roses because it’s my favourite song GNR have written without a doubt. It has a bit of everything in it topped with my favourite guitar solo of all time by Slash and made the biggest impact on me along with the music video that accompanied it. – Aidan
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BN: I am pretty easy going however I cannot stand the sound of someone chewing with their mouth open, it makes me cringe so much. Other than that, absolutely nothing! – Aidan
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BN: Playing at King Tuts in Glasgow is my proudest moment in music so far as this was my 5th gig since starting Blue Nicotine in November 2019 and then within the space of a few months Blue Nicotine was playing King Tuts. As a local Glasgow band, playing in the iconic King Tuts venue was such a turning point in my career. A lot of major artists throughout the years have played in King Tuts earlier in their career and I think because of that the venue has a really special feeling about it and is especially a big step for local up and coming bands. – Aidan
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BN: I am working on promoting my latest single “1982 “ which was released on 18th February 2022. I am really proud of it and want to help it reach as many ears as possible! We will be back in the studio very soon as well to record some new material that we have only been playing live up until now. We cannot wait for everyone to hear the new Blue Nicotine music. – Aidan
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BN: All Blue Nicotine music is available to stream or buy on all major platforms such as Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Bandcamp, Deezer and the likes. Absolutely everywhere!
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