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?
DM: DEAD MEMORY is a band that loves to play with music and different kinds of music. Clearly it is based in rock and convinces with hard guitar riffs. And yet the band also takes the liberty to artistically rework each song and especially, to perform live in such a way that the rock is noticeable on the one hand, but always translates into a new and unique experience for our audience.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
DM: Every single one of us came to music in different ways. For most of us it was in the family and at some point, we got into our first band. We found each other in 2013. Two previous bands had broken up, and that’s how DEAD MEMORY came into being.
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?
DM: We take inspiration from other bands. Each of us is a big music fan and brings very different influences into the band. And then to combine them musically is exciting every time. Especially when it results in a whole album like “Awake”.
The lyrics are taken from everyday life. What we are currently occupied with, or what is happening in the world is captured in lyrics and then transported musically to the audience.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
DM: To stay true to yourself and above all to bring out the music that you stand behind. This applies both musically and lyrically. There is no point in bending yourself to please anyone. We want to go on stage and play and say what we think is important. And if a few people like it, all the better!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
DM: There have been many proud and great moments in the band’s career. Starting with the first concert of the band ever, which began with the Wacken idol “Mambo Kurt”! Then of course big concerts at festivals like Essen Original or at Rock am Ring, where you can see how to inspire big crowds. But also the smaller concerts, whether in small clubs, in a living room or in Wales, were something very special, because you get and even closer experience with the fans!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
DM: We always try to bring the fans very close to the working process. Always showing what we are working on leads to the fact that we get our work, our music closer to the people. I think that’s an important process, which then brings the band and the audience closer together.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
DM: The booking is partly being done through people who work with us around the band. On the other hand, we book a part of the concerts ourselves, which mostly comes about through contacts of long-term cooperations.
Promoting is also in the hands of various people. Of course, a lot of this is now also done via social media platforms.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
DM: That’s the world we live in today. Of course, as an artist, it’s not as profitable to offer songs on platforms as it is when someone buys a CD or something like that at a concert. But that’s the way it is nowadays.
We think it’s more important, especially because the market of streaming services has developed that way, to expand the concert situation a lot more again and also to be able to move people to live concerts again. The bands have to get the opportunity to go on stage and that has to be paying off, especially for smaller bands.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DM: There are so many great songs out there and of course, we would like to write a song that reaches a large audience and develops into a huge hit. But in the end, the song has to fit the band and has to be a result of their very personal creative process. So I think we can just be proud about the music we wrote and enjoy the songs other bands came up with, alike : )
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
DM: We already talked about the development regarding streaming services. I think many elements of the current music industry make it very hard for small bands to do what they want to do, without pouring a ton of money into it.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
DM: At the moment we are working on our new album, or rather we are just about to release it. The first two singles “Dance in Flames” and “Light it up” are already out, and the album will follow soon. With it, we will go on tour and especially next year we will bring this music live to the people!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
DM: The best thing to do is to regularly check our various platforms on the Internet. No matter if Facebook, Instagram, Spotify or directly on the website. There are the latest news, you get a good insight into the life and actions of the band and of course there is also a bit of merch to buy 😊.