Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CA: I’m a Scottish singer/songwriter bringing a fresh twist to the current Nashville country sound.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CA: I’ve been writing songs from a young age and always found it easier to express myself through music. I played in bands over the years but it wasn’t until I moved to Glasgow for university that I started playing solo. My solo venture allowed me to write songs in a different style and I soon was playing weekly shows across the city. It all kind of took off from there, and the next thing I was on tour across America and signing a deal with Century Music Group in Nashville.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CA: I’ve got to give a shout-out to my Dad here, he was and still is a huge influence into why I do music. He’s given me a great musical education and I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for this. My musical influences are centred around my favourite songwriters who all play a part in the sound I’m making today: The Boss (Bruce Springsteen), Luke Combs, Brent Cobb, Kyle Falconer and Eric Church. I think the mix between rock, country and indie really helps to differentiate me from the crowd.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CA: The ultimate dream of mine is to win the Song of the Year award at the CMAs in Nashville and to play that song at the event. In the meantime my plan is to move out to Nashville when things settle to fulfil the commitments of my publishing deal and promote my new EP “What Don’t Kill You”.
PD: What is the writing process like for you?
CA: As a songwriter, I try to not complicate or force things. I believe the best songs flow naturally from your sub-conscience, it’s a magical thing sometimes, and I always try to keep it as organic as possible. I think as a writer you have to open up to the world and be present as often as you can. This allows me to take note of trivial things throughout my day, like a quote from a TV show, a line from a book, or even something I’ve seen while running errands. My songbook is filled with scribbles and title ideas and when I sit down to write, I pull from these and piece together a track. This was really the catalyst for all the tracks on my new EP
PD: How do you promote yourself as an artist and your shows?
CA: Social media is a big part of everything you do now as an artist, and we’re fortunate enough to be in a digital age where we can use platforms like Facebook Live to promote and perform to our fans all over the world. I work closely with my PR team in London and label in Nashville to secure media placements and radio play. Having a good group of people around me has really helped to drive my career forward.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CA: The music industry has changed a lot over the last decade or so due to the surge in streaming. Artists no longer make their money through music sales and I believe this is a big problem. Spotify, Apple Music etc. have gained full control of the industry, making it difficult for artists to make money from their music. It is more important than ever for artists to perform live and sell merchandise to get cash, and although this can be seen as a good thing as artists get to play more shows and promote their music to more people, there is a clear issue… when live performance dries up, like it has with Covid, then many artists are struggling to stay afloat. So to answer the question, I’d like to see a more equal share of streaming revenues paid to artists at all levels of the music industry.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CA: If I had to choose one song it would have to be ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen. I think this track is just a perfectly written rock song, both lyrically and musically. Every time I listen to the track it takes me back to when I was growing up, there’s a lot of good memories related to this song for me. The standout line for me is the hook “tramps like us, baby we were born to run”, I wish I could have written this!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CA: I’m a fairly easy going person and wouldn’t say I really hate anything, but here’s a short list of my pet peeves: people that take life too seriously, Scottish weather, flat beer and slow walkers!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CA: Proudest moment to date has got to be signing the publishing deal with Century Music Group. As a songwriter, this is a great achievement and to be signed by a record company in Music City, where the best songwriters are, was just an incredible feeling.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CA: I just released an EP in December so I’m currently promoting that. I’m building on my self-penned song catalogue at the moment as well, there are some exciting things in the pipeline and I look forward to seeing what 2021 brings.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
CA: Check out my latest EP “What Don’t Kill You” here: https://linktr.ee/candreuccimusic
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