Death On Fire Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
The amazing type! In all seriousness though I write deathmetal, thrash, and some other types of experimental music. Death on Fire is melodic death metal
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
I started playing guitar when I was 15 to get girls. That didn’t work but I liked guitar so I decided to study it at university. I have been in several regional bands and enjoyed local success. After a brief break from music to pursue rugby I started writing again and launched a solo project “Death on Fire” we have a collection of demos we released and supported in 2017 and I am very excited about our new album and support tours for 2018
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
I listen to a lot of synth pop, 80s new wave and a large amount of metal. I learned a lot about appreciation of different forms when at university and I think that it shows in some of my melodic choices. I would say my largest influences are Carcass, Megadeth, Death, middle of the road Morbid Angel, and Pantera. That is what I was listening to when I was learning to play and it has and will always stick with me.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
I would like to beable to make music a full time job instead of having a supplemental income. Getting on festivals and larger tours as support. I am a realist in this area and feel that is the next step. If the right offer came along from a label that would be cool too.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
I write everything on this project. Dave Mustain without the ego? (Shoots fired) most of my lyrical content is about personal life, struggles of adulthood, family, being a parent and navigating the relationships. Some other topics are accountability for our actions affecting our country, other countries, and the environment
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
We do as much local promotion as possible. This is an area we are continually trying to improve upon we use a lot of social media to promote and we have started collecting emails to send out tour and merch updates etc.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
I am fine with it. I think it is great because physical copy is expensive and sells to niche groups and collectors. I hope that people pay for it though as it is an important revenue stream that allows us to put more in to touring and merch
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
Things have changed from when I started all of those years ago. It is hard to get noticed today because everyone can put music out so it is option paralysis for the consumer. It is easier to put out material though so there is a trade off.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Crystal Mountain by Death. It is a perfect song in my opinion
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
I am pretty laid back. I guess it has to do with getting on and off stage quickly and being professional and courteous. I believe that a bad experience due to a mother bands interaction can negatively affect all the bands on the bill.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
So far it is this project it has been a lot of effort, time, coordination, and hard work and I believe it is and will pay off
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
We have a mini tour set for March 8-11 in the Midwest. This will be a high energy brutal live show that grinds and destroys start to finish. From there we will be doing regional legs and hopefully a few festivals and a run to Europe at the end of the year.
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