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CRASHKID!- Interview


 

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

  • We are a four-piece Alternative/Indie Rock

 

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

  • We first formed in 2018 as a three-piece including the current Frontman and Drummer.
  • In 2019, the current line-up was formed (TJ Green – Lead Vocals/Guitar, Andrew Dunn – Lead Guitar, Matthew Simpson – Bass, Harry Bang – Drums).
  • We have played at many notable venues across Central Scotland (King Tuts, Broadcast, Garage, etc.) and as well as one festival, Vibration Festival in Falkirk.
  • As the current line-up, we have released three singles, the most recent being our new single “Make It Your Own”.

 

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

  • Musical: Royal Blood, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Police, Arctic Monkeys, Talking Heads, etc.
  • Non-Musical:

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

  • Planning on seeking opportunities to play cities in England next year (London, Newcastle, Manchester, etc.)
  • We are aiming to increase our fan base, social media following and engagement with music via Spotify, iTunes, etc.
  • To work with more influential artists and promoters to increase our exposure and share our music with more people.
  • To continue to create music that we love and are proud of and to play it as many people as possible.

 

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

  • Our lead singer, TJ Green, writes the lyrics.
  • TJ: The lyrics I write are often a mixture of observational and introspective. I tend to sit down with a topic/situation I find interesting and start by writing my observations/opinions on the subject, which normally involves a cynical view point or cheek-in-tongue. I will also add aspects of introspection in order to make the lyrics more self-aware and less one dimensional. I tend to manipulate tone of certain lines through my singing approach, sometimes to appear more satirical or emphasise a point.
  • Themes which our songs have discussed include: Vanity, Obsession, Self-Image, Appearances, Ego, Anxiety, Self-Confidence, Self-Ownership, as well as many other topics.

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

  • We promote ourselves through social media, gigs, blogs, radio, playlist networking.
  • For shows, some of the same methods are used, such as social media, networking, etc. However, we may take on different methods, such as posters, promotion companies, etc.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

  • TJ: It is easy to look at it and see a negative situation. However, as much as it makes it harder for bands to make money from their music, it has made music more easily accessible than ever. There are local bands that can gain unbelievable popularity very quickly, which may have been much harder to gain before online music.

 

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

  • TJ: Personally, I wish I had written “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” by David Bowie.
  • The song discusses fame in a less glamorous and instead frames it in a sinister light. In recent years, I found people’s obsession with attention and popularity quite intriguing (due to increasing use of social media), especially when it is juxtaposed with song’s like these where a famous artist sings about a desire for privacy and dealing with receiving the constant attention of others.

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

  • TJ: Remembering a part of a lyric/tune from a song, but can’t remember enough for you or anyone else to know what song it is.
  • Andrew: Cash machines that charge a fee to use.
  • Harry: Waking up first the morning after a party. The longest mornings of my life.
  • Matthew: I hate it when cucumbers are a bit too thick and it’s just a bit soggy in the middle.

 

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?   

  • I would say that one of the proudest moments would have to be when our previous single, ‘Icon’ was featured on Jack Saunders’ Feedback Friday where he said some lovely things about our track, which gave us a whole new kind of confidence in our music as it let us know from an non-biased, knowledgeable person within the music industry that the music we are making is of a certain standard. He also made some points that we have taken into consideration when approaching our song writing.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

  • We have just released a new single, which we are promoting the now and we’re happy with the response it is getting. We are currently mixing the next single, which is planned for release early next year and also we are recording two new songs this week.
  • We also have two gigs this month (Garage, Glasgow Dec 16th/Dreadnought, Bathgate Dec 17th.

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

  • Our music is available on all major music platforms.
  • You can buy our music on iTunes and Amazon Music.

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