Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BD: That’s a great question. I definitely began as a rock artist but it’s grown to include a heavy electronic element as well.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BD: My family has always been into music. So they’ve always supported me along this journey that began when I was 15, when I received my first guitar. That led to being in a cover band in the early 2000’s. However, it wasn’t until 7 or 8 years ago that I started working on my solo project. Since then, I’ve been able to spend my time and efforts on writing music I love and have accomplished more than I ever dreamed I would.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BD: My family have been a major influence on me throughout my life and I’m very grateful for all of them. I’d have to say, initially, bands like Metallica, Breaking Benjamin, Red, and Chevelle were big influences on my musical direction. Lately, it’s been more of the electronically laden groups that have caught my ear.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BD: My dream is to personally bring my music to anyone who will listen all across the world. My goal is to become so financially stable through music that I can payback the ones I love and anyone else who has helped me along the way.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BD: If it isn’t an idea of mine, the music is usually developed by my producers and then we mold it together. The lyrics and vocal melodies are more solely my area. Although, I still like to see if we can mold them into something better. Most of my songs have been about life struggles and the will to persevere. Lately, they have been more about just enjoying the ride.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BD: Usually I will promote through my social media pages and website. However I have just started working with Angels PR and I’m excited to see what they can really bring to the table.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BD: I think that the introduction of online music downloads brings the opportunity of a level playing field for indie artists and major artists alike. The reach is massive. Literally worldwide. The obstacle is to figure out how to reach these potential listeners. But if you do, you’re set. If they’d actually pay artists what they’re worth instead of half of a penny per stream on average, there’d be a hell of a lot of money in it too.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BD: Wow. I don’t guess I’ve ever really thought about it. I wouldn’t want to take away anything from anyone but I guess anything from Hans Zimmer really. To me what’s so beautiful about music is that it can inspire you to do what you’d previously thought of as impossible in a matter of an instant. It can inspire you to completely change your life. It can change the feeling of any situation in the most beautiful of ways and can make you feel like you can move that mountain even if you’re alone. That’s what Hans Zimmer’s music does for me. And someday I hope my music does the same for someone else.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BD: My pet peeves are people who would rather play the victim in life than face the hard work ahead of them and change their world; People who are conceited and look down on others; People who make empty promises.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BD: My proudest music moments have been anytime anyone reaches out to tell me how my music has helped them in life. I know what it’s like to struggle and I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re going through it alone.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BD: I recently got back from Greece where I did some interviews and recorded vocals on a song called “Unleased!” by Last Chance which released on the 19th. The entire experience was filmed and we’re currently working on the documentary for release. I hope to have it out sometime this summer along with 3 new songs that will also be on the documentary!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
BD: I’m currently being pitched to different record labels. Once I decide with which I want to sign, we’ll set up a tour that will include shows with “moments”, not just songs. Anyone can play songs for an audience but it’s through moments that you experience something memorable that might stick with you forever. I’d like to try my best in providing that for my audience