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?
As a band we focus on telling dark fantasy stories through combining styles like melodic death metal, bits of doom and symphonic black metal. It’s a passion project where we pour our love for things like the Scandanavian metal scene (early Gothenburg etc) and fantasy stories like The Lord of the Rings into. As an artist I try to combine my love for heavy music, film/video game soundtracks, illustration and, stories into what I hope is a cohesive and immersive experience for any listener.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
I grew up listening to 80s/90s thrash and death metal and in my late teens became aware of the Scandanavian metal scene. I’m mostly a self-taught musician and always wanted to write music since I first heard bands like Sepultura and Testament. I have a love for metal album covers and got involved with making art for bands like Wolfheart, Mors Subita, Before the Dawn and many others before I eventually took the leap in 2020 and decided to form Brundarkh and make my own music.
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?
The primary inspiration for the music I write for Brundarkh comes from films, books and video games. Tolkien’s work is definitely a big inspiration, but also video games like Diablo and folklore like that of Elizabeth Bathory. It’s mostly the tales that have a dark twist to them. Stories focusing on the villain or the unfortunate scenario playing out. For our upcoming album I drew inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and focused on characters and places from his literary work.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
To continue doing what I love, making music and telling stories. It would be a dream come true to record an album with an actual orchestra and create a truly immersive listening experience.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Getting to collaborate with some of my music heroes like Jori Haukio, Tuomas Saukkonen, Risto Ruuth and Jarmo Kylmänen.
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?
There’s definitely a lot more ways to promote one’s work, but only a few good and reliable sources. I think it is very easy to get completely lost within the crowd with so many new bands releasing music. Though there are many avenues in terms of getting your music out to the public it is still an art (and a lot of luck) getting people to invest their time in listening to your stuff. Which I get, people’s time is precious and there are so many distractions and things calling for our attention that you’re very fortunate if people make an effort to hear your music.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Due to it being a two-man project and the fact that we’re based on two different continents there are no plans for any live shows just yet.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
I think streaming sites make music more accessible and they get your music in front of millions of people. So, I definitely see a benefit in it, but I think the fact that streaming and downloading music is so easy also makes it more difficult to sell your art. Yes, people that want to buy a physical product will still do that, but a larger group of people are less likely to do so because to pay a monthly fee and get millions of songs for free is a lot more appealing than buying individual albums. There are definitely pros and cons to it. Also appears that more and more people are interested in singles and often only have a handful of songs they like from various artists. It almost seems rare that people love an album or even remember most of the tracks from an album.
I grew up listening to full albums of bands and falling in love with them as a whole, but most people younger than me tend to talk about individual songs more and are sometimes unaware of artists’ full catalogues.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
There are so many, honestly, but if I had to choose one or two off the top of my head (right at this moment) it would probably have to be Blackwater Park by Opeth and/or The Harmony Remains by Mors Principium Est.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
If we’re talking about the music industry in general and not specifically just metal, I’d say, without a doubt, the fact that so much is controlled by those that have the financial power and those that abuse that power. I suppose that can be said about most things in life, right? Give that power back to the artists. Have them ‘compete’ against each other and not against major music companies.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
We’re wrapping up the current Brundarkh album, with a few more singles coming out soon and then I’m also working on some instrumental music for other projects that I can’t quite elaborate on just yet.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Our official website is www.brundarkh.com and you’ll be able to find us on most social media sites like Facebook and Instagram etc. We’re also selling our music through Bandcamp.
Band/Artist location – South Africa/ The Netherlands
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