Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of genre do you consider your music to be.
C: As a genre, CROSSON can be describer is Theatrical Melodic Anthemic Rock. Musically, our aim is to deliver fist pumping anthemic catchy rock anthems that stick in our head and won’t go away.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself and CROSSON.
C: Being stung by the Rock N Roll Disease as a kid after discovering KISS, then a few years later Motley Crue and the whole 80s glam metal scene, topped off with seeing Iron Maiden on the World Slavery Tour, I was hooked and knew this is what I wanted to do.
My father was devasted when at 16 years old, I told him I was trading the piano accordion for electric guitar.
The first CROSSON album was released in 2004, however it took many years of trial and error to get our sound, image and stage show to the level it is today. It really wasn’t until our 2016 album ‘Spreading The Rock N Roll Disease’ when we engaged Duane Baron (Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper etc) as our mixing engineer that we started to get recognized on an international level.
Here we are many years about to release our 6th studio album.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
C: Well, without KISS, there would deficiently be no CROSSON (or a lot of any bands for that matter). The whole image was intriguing and made me realise how important image is. Musically it was first ABBA with their catchy choruses, KISS and then the whole 80s rock genre (Motley Crue, Dokken, Stryper, Poison, Scorpions, WASP, Iron Maiden etc)
As far as non-musical influences, I’ d have to say the humour of Benny Hill and Carry On Movies, Rocky and Star Wars.
Throw all the above into a blender and out comes CROSSON
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
C: To keep on making and delivering great music and perform our theatrical stage show to the masses for as long as possible.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
C: For an album, I write most of the music & all lyrics and do all the arrangements in my home studio in demo form. Once the demos are finished, I give the demos to the musicians to learn and then we head into the studio record it all professionally.
Most of our songs are fun and uplifting with a positive message. Life’s too short to sing about ‘doom and gloom.’
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
C: We have publicists in Germany, Greece, USA and Australia who do a fantastic job and get the word out there about this crazy theatrical glam rock band from Down Under. We also utilise Social Media Marketing for ticketed show and new releases.
Without this amazing team, no one would know about us.
PD: What do you think about the downloading / streaming services?
C: I have to admit, the accessibility and ease of listening and discovering new music through streaming services is amazing. However, the quality doesn’t compare with a CD and in some way, I do miss physical product. Also , the artists get very little from streaming. That being said, I bit of something is better than a whole of nothing.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
C: Bohemian Rhapsody would have been nice to write. I could live off the royalties and gig for the rest of my life. Did you hear about the muso who won lottery? He gigged till the money ran out !! 😊
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
C: I must admit, I get annoyed when I’m trying to organise shows, tours, video shoots etc and people don’t get back to me where a simply reply is all that’s needed.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
C: I guess its listening back to an album and actually enjoying it and then saying to myself ‘ Hey, I wrote and produced that!!”
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
C: We have just completed the recording of the new CROSSON album which is currently being mixed in the USA by Duane Baron. This will be released the latter half of 2022 and is titled ‘Ready, Aim…. ROCK!!. So, the next few months is going to be filled with making videos, completing artwork, and doing shows. I am also dabbling into bit of promoting at the moment, so organizing tours is very time consuming and exhausting.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
C: Our next show is in April as part of a mini rock festival in Sydney. There are going to be some great acts on the bill. If you haven’t experienced the CROSSON stage show with all the theatrics, choreographed dancers and high energy rock tunes, then I you need to get yourself down there.
For those of you that cant be there, last year we released a Blue Ray / CD Box set ‘ CROSSON Live At The Orpheum’ which captures us in our element an is the next best thing to being at the show.
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