Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CA: We’re a stoner/hard rock band from Ayrshire/Glasgow in Scotland.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CA: We’ve been playing music individually for 10+ years. We’ve been in many short lived bands in the local Glasgow music scene and it’s only really now we’ve formed a band that’s more longterm.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CA: Musically, there’s a variety of musical influences. Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Queens of the Stone Age to name a few. Non-musically, mainly film stars or martial artists really.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CA: I think a mutual goal that Chartreuse have is that we all want to make a living off of our music and do it as a profession, that’s the dream! Goals are to release EPs and albums and eventually tour around. That’s the big dream for us personally.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CA: While everyone contributes to the songwriting process, our frontman Andrew writes most of the songs and he writes about a variety of things; about how much of a state the country is in, about failed relationships, about being wild nights on the town blackout drunk, even about history, we have a song titled “Dead Man’s Corner” which is about WW1.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CA: We promote our gigs mainly social media as we feel it’s this generation’s gold rush. Everyone’s on social media nowadays and while word of mouth certainly draws interest, if you have a large following on Facebook or Instagram, you will attract a lot more people as they know where to find you!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CA: In the digital age it’s all the rage (I’m a poet and I didn’t know it haha). But yeah, downloading music is handy say if you don’t have CD player or you can’t access any shops nearby who sell CD’s, you can just use your Spotify or iTunes prescription to download the music and listen to it in the middle of nowhere. We do however still see the appeal of CDs as we feel the connection you have to them is a more personal one as you can access pretty much any music on streaming sites, if you own a certain album on CD or vinyl, that’s more a personal connection there.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CA: I’m sure that list is endless. I don’t know, probably a lot of the Queen songs.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CA: Good question, if we’re talking live music related, probably pay to play. Some venues charge you an arm and a leg to give you exposure and it kinda defeats the purpose of it when you have to spend money to make money, that sort of thing really.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CA: Definitely the gigs we’ve played, both past and present. The feeling hits different when you’re actually onstage playing to people rather than going to gigs as a spectator all the time. Also releasing our debut single too.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CA: We’re working on just growing more of a following at the moment but also our first EP and eventually our debut album! We’ve got so many exciting stuff in the works right now!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
CA: We have one single out just now titled “Superman” and you can find it on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube Music, Deezer, etc.