Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DT: I really don’t give a damn about what people think of me or my music, I am born a punk rocker and will be a punk rocker forever but I don’t talk about the music called punk I mean the attitude of punk rock. I am some kind of depraved glam rocker. with roots in Iggy and The Stooges, early Alice Cooper and Plasmatics.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DT: Well I never done what I have been told to do, I have always questioned everything, even from early years, before school even. So I have been a pain in everyones ass always, for parents, siblings, teachers, principles, fake people, religious people and so on, but I am a kind warm hearted bad boy. I never had a regular job because I can’t stand eye servant and idiots.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DT: My first real concert was Jimi Hendrix it was a radio show with no audience so he played the hole gig for me alone, playing with he’s teeth over his head and so on, so of course that made an big impact on me, so out with Beatles and in with some distorted guitars and singing. I never really listed to The Stones or Bruce Springsteen for me the play something we in Sweden call old white men rock and it sound totally terrible, very much like white men blues. And The Ramones 1977 changed everything and the world forever.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DT: The hippies where right Love Peace and Understanding its the only thing we can believe in, So for me that is to try to be in the moment and do the best I can every day, and always remember to help someone everyday.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DT: Mostly it’s a band effort I really don’t like to rehears or write lyrics so there is no special thing I prefer to write about. I guess I have a hard time writing about pain, self-pity and depression cos I’ve been happy and free most of my life. Never felt lonely or left over so I don’t really have any dark corners in my mind to dig from.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DT: Well we haven’t been on tour for 30 year but I was up for an comeback in March this year but Corona fucked that up. So I am just releasing some albums in the haze of the Pandemic.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DT: I guess that’s great cos as I understand it it’s the same people that download that also sometimes buy music. And really, are radio any better than downloading?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DT: maybe Imagine I like it and it says something important in a very easy way, but I should probably say My Way cos it feels like the theme of my life. I saw Frank Sinatra perform it a few year before he passed away. I know Paul Anka wrote it but Frakie Boy made it real and pushed it all the way to the egde,
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DT: Obsequiousness people, everywhere you look there they are there. Every time I put on the TV I wanna puke. I could easily made a career in television but I wanna be thrustful to my beliefs and not put all my time to be like and loved because I don’t say anything that matters, if you don’t stand your ground you are nothing and you got nothing to say. It’s a little like seeing Green Day there is nothing really wrong with them except that they wanna be loved so much so the just become obsequiousness. maybe I am wrong about them I never meet the guys. But they don’t play real punk, cos punk rockers never gave a damed about if we where liked or not and our main goal was never to be on MTV or to make money. Money is okey but should never be your main concern.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DT: Probably our first gig with my first band The STOODES it was about 5-600 people in the audience and all big national newspapers and radio stations where there. They all review us like garbage and worse than terreble, the music jounalists even called us names, and the teenage special radio show, talk shit about us for half an hour on national radio and when a was smashing my guitar on 8 row the police stormed the venue to stop us, just for playing extremely loud and out of tune. Some people liked us some didn’t, what can I say it was a blast. We never played a gig to the end, the police the health mister or some one else always throwed us out on the street or they shut down the electrics.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DT: I can’t get out of Sweden back to Hollywood and make movies so I am putting together all old and new material from my old bands, its like 20 un released albums and I am trying to get them ready for release, I am talking studio recordings. I have also recorded some mew material and it’s on it’s way to be released the nearest years.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
DT: There is somethings here and there on youtube and such, but my album from last year the quadruple with The Rock “n” Roll Stars, I Love Dead People and my latest release with Suzie Beats Them All, Drug Party Pussy & Pain. You can by them online on all big site for music and from Soundpulotion
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