Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CS: I think on the surface people see me as a guitar shredder, but what I do definitely goes deeper than that. I’m really inspired by the idea of storytelling through music and the visual aspect that goes with it as well, so there’s this combination of music, videos, and imagery mixed with the story I’m trying to tell that’s really what I’m about. I’m trying to create an experience.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CS: My backstory is one for the books. It all started a long time ago in the Great Tundra Area where I was born of two she wolves. You might say that I grew up in the typical way…as typical as having two she-wolf parents could be, that is. I was discovered by humans when I was wandering through a dumpster highly disoriented. It turns out my double she-wolf parents had died. Shot by poachers! From there I learned the ways of humans and started getting into music of all kinds, later picking up the electric guitar and never looking back.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CS: Musically, my influences include Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and Joe Satriani for guitar work, and then there’s bands like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and Rush who I’m really inspired by from a song writing standpoint. Non-musical influences include great classic renaissance artists like Da Vinci. I love the painting style with scenes of good and evil and the mythical characters they depict. It inspires the artwork and visual look for what I do.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CS: Right now, my goal is to get the full concept album that I have together released next year and pressed to vinyl. It’s perfect for that format. Long term is to release even more music and continue the musical journey that this current EP release kicked off.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CS: I write and record all of my music myself, playing all the instruments. So that’s me you hear on bass and keyboards, and of course the guitars. I do midi drums for the initial tracks and then I bring in a drummer to record live drums to set the groove the right way, which is so important. Ben Lacy is the drummer I have been working with and he just kills on the drums. He can groove with an awesome shuffle when the time is right and then come in huge when that’s needed. His double kick is incredible too. As far as the subject matter, there’s always a story involved in the songs I write and there’s an epic tale that will eventually all be revealed through music over multiple albums. They’re classic stories of good versus evil and long held secrets being revealed.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CS: I mostly promote through all the classic socials and awesome sites such as this one, that support independent artists. It’s so important these days that sites like this exist for the up and coming artists to get the word out.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CS: I have no problem with the actual format of streaming and downloading music. Arguments about quality aside, it’s just another format, like vinyl, CDs, tape and 8 track. Artists aren’t getting paid enough by the streaming services who provide the music, though! How many frustrated artists will we never hear because they gave up?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CS: Frankenstein by Edgar Winter. That song has everything as far as I’m concerned. Guitar riffs, solos, killer drums and that crazy keyboard breakdown in the middle. Plus, you can really visualize the music as you’re listening. It sounds like the soundtrack to a movie.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CS: I don’t like that the vacuum cleaner doesn’t get into the corners. Can someone solve this?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CS: When someone comments on a song that I wrote and says that it meant something to them really makes me proud. How cool is it that we can use music to affect people in a positive way?
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CS: Currently I’m promoting the EP that I just released. Next comes the full album release next year. The songs are mixed, but it needs to go to mastering, and I still have some artwork to create, but it’s going to be epic! It’s a story that unfolds over 14 songs and has lots of hard-hitting moments as well as a few more subdued tracks. Fans of Zeppelin and Rush will really dig it, I think.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
CS: You can go to my site at https://cuttersavage.com/music and download the EP or get a signed CD. If you sign up for the mailing list, I’ll let you know when something cool happens. I’ll also be doing some more exclusive things for the mailing list folks too, so get on it and get stuff!
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