Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
– We like to call ourselves Epic Blackened Mountain Metal, but I’m sure those who care enough would label us more analytically, with proper metal subgenre terminology!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
– I (Derek) started the band in my home town of Rye, Colorado, USA. It’s a small mountain town, consisting of roughly 200 people, so I searched around the state for fellow metal dudes. Keith and Jimmy hopped aboard the longboat and we’ve been rowing ever since.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
– Our songs are all about original epic dark fantasy stories (of which I’m writing books). As for inspiration, I think we all just really love to write and play metal \m/
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
– To spread our songs and stories far and wide to whoever may enjoy them!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
– Has to be Heathen Hoedown 2019.
PD: Promoting one’s music is suchlike a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
– Well, we’ve really just started to promote the band in earnest, so we’ll see!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
– So far, we’ve relied on other bands for show offerings. Promotions through social media. Definitely going to be reaching out to bands out of state soon to see if we can string a few tours together.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
– Conceptually and philosophically abhorrent; give me physical media! But hey, whatever gets people to listen to you. It’s foolish to argue against the convenience of streaming.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
– The Pursuit of Vikings by Amon Amarth. Perpetual earworm for all of time.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
– I wish it was the norm to subscribe to an artist directly, or at least through their label, so they could receive much higher monthly streaming income, rather than the services we all currently use.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
– Recording and releasing more music! And getting a steady flow of content out so anyone who might care to check back in on us will have something to chew on.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
– For now, our Bandcamp is our base of operations.
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