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?
DeadWax: DeadWax are an alt-grime rock band. We make heavy music to bounce to, with MC styled vocals that carry strong messages.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
DeadWax: We’re all from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and met in high school. We started playing together and haven’t stopped. Music was always a huge part of our lives, so it just felt natural to be performing at a young age.
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?
DeadWax: We started off doing covers of Zep and loads of old rock and blues. As we got older, our taste shifted towards hip hop, metal and dance music. Since that shift writing a riff that makes you wanna bounce is always the priority. Lyrically, we’re influenced massively by UK rap, Grime, and Hip Hop, and I try to create a clear rhythmic message in the tracks. It could be about partying, politics, or pissing in the wind, as long as it means something to me I’ll put it in a song.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
DeadWax: We love playing our music and seeing people connecting with it. To be a band no one’s gonna forget is the dream, and making some money from that to live would be sweet as.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
DeadWax: Recording and releasing our newest single ‘Disconnect’. Check it out if you’re reading this and haven’t yet!
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?
DeadWax: You can produce anywhere you want now. We have a producer in the group, so we record all our own demos. It’s also a great tool to write and develop songs in an alternative way. It’s also cheap as studio time is so expensive compared to in the past.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
DeadWax: We toured northern UK ahead of our new single ‘Disconnect’ which has been awesome. It’s out now so check it out! So far we’ve been booking shows ourselves, occasionally alongside great promoters we know and we played a killer show opening for legends Hed PE last Friday. We’ve been asked by a few venues directly to come and play, but we’ve also spent time reaching out to places and building relationships with them.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
DeadWax: It’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to streaming. It’s difficult as it’s something we’ve grown up with, we all use it everyday to listen to music we love and find something new. But I think it’s disfigured music, turning art into a commodity.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DeadWax: That would be answered differently by every member of the group. I think I’ll go for ‘Beggin’ by Franky Valley. A timeless classic with too many fantastic cover versions.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
DeadWax: The way artists are paid is a problem. Like I said, I have a love/hate relationship with steaming, one of the main issues being artists don’t get the pay they deserve. Things have changed for Spotify within the last year which is helping, but currently artists make the most money from touring and merch rather than the music itself.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DeadWax: We’re currently recording the rest of our EP at https://baseculture.co.uk/ which is being produced by multi-platinum awarded Mike Krompass who also produced ‘Disconnect’. It’ll be out in 2023 so stay tuned for it!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
DeadWax: Check out our website for any shows, merchandise and new music over on www.deadwaxofficial.com, and follow us on Instagram to keep up with what we’re doing!
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