Dead Echoes – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

DE: We are an independent hard rock / metal group.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

DE: It all started in Toledo with Matt who had been involved in writing and playing music for over 20 years. Matt wrote the majority of an album and wanted to record it but didn’t really think he had the voice for it. So he put out feelers for a vocalist and found Bryan, who also runs Glass Door Studios in Michigan and has been playing music since he was 6. The two started to flesh out the rest of the album and begin recording. This was the moment Dead Echoes came to life.


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

DE: We each have very similar musical influences. I think the biggest ones would be Tool and Godsmack. We definitely are heavily influenced by 90’s grunge era rock and you can even hear a little bit of Alice in Chains in some of the songs. We grew up listening to classic rock and groups like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and more.  So we are really taking what we love and putting it together with our own styles.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

DE: To live happy and healthy. Music is something we are very passionate about and we do this because we love to. Just being able to listen to something that we have written and recorded is a dream come true.


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

DE: The majority of the first album was written by Matt. He was going through a divorce and used that time to tell the story of the process of ending a toxic relationship. The songs touch on real life subjects that a lot of people deal with such as domestic abuse and suicide. Matt would send the songs to Bryan who would play around with ideas and they would just go back and forth until they had something they were happy with. There is actually a second album in the works already, but the tone and theme of that one is a bit different.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

DE: We really don’t have any plans to play shows at the moment, although it isn’t out of the question. The pandemic has made it a little harder to get things moving with that so we are just focusing on releasing music for the time being. As far as the music goes it’s mostly word of mouth. We have done some promoting on socials but are really just now starting to ramp up so we can promote our new album set to release in January.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

DE: Well we know the industry has changed and online streaming is the new thing for bands. As far as downloading bootlegged copies of the music… it is what it is. It’s going to always be around and as unfair as that is for artists, we just need to evolve to the industry and try to figure out the next new way to get compensated. For us… we are just enjoying the ride and doing what we love… but we know there are many artists out there who use their music to put food on the table. So we see both sides of it. Nothing beats the feeling of buying a physical copy of an album with all of the artwork that really presents the music in it’s fullest form. A lot of listeners are going to be missing out on that.


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

DE: There are too many of these to list. Sometimes you hear a song and think… how the heck did they come up with that?? Sometimes we think that about our own music. In a way though, maybe we don’t wish we had written someone else’s music but rather take notes from them and use it to influence our own songs. That’s sort of like writing their songs… but as our own.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

DE: I would say people who don’t respect individual art… meaning criticizing you if you don’t have an inside-the-box sound resembling whoever the top bands of the moment are. It’s ok to experiment and have your own sound.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

DE: Staying focused long enough to finish a song. For every one song that gets written, there are 3-4 other songs that get started before the first one is completed.


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

DE: We just finished up the first album so we are going to work on promoting that. We are really proud of it so we want to take our time and enjoy what we have done. We are also working on a batch of new songs at the moment that will be on the next album. We just never stop. It’s just what we love to do.


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

DE: As of right now we have four singles available on all major streaming platforms. You can purchase on iTunes and the other big download sites. The album drops in January and you can obtain a physical copy along with other merch at You can also stop onto our website for other info and to link to that site as well.

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