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Destrania – Interview


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?

D: I’d say that I am one who really enjoys listening to and creating all kinds of different things. I don’t like being boxed into a particular sound or style. I just create what I am feeling in the moment, and let that guide me to some sort of final form of a song or album.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

D: I was born in Seattle but moved to where I live currently in December of 1999. I’ve always been musically inclined since I was young. I took piano lessons for about 6 years and found that I really liked creating my own music rather than playing someone else’s. Eventually, in high school, I found a basic digital audio workstation that really kind of kicked off my creative writing as far as learning how to produce my own music.

 

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?

D: I’m a big fan of symphonic and/or keyboard elements in music, likely because of my background in piano. When I first heard Dimmu Borgir I was floored. I’d never heard something so heavy and dark, and yet melodic and powerful at the same time. That got me into finding more and more bands and artists as time went on, always discovering new things in the realm of Metal and other genres such as Darksynth and even Traditional Folk music. I don’t normally write lyrics to my music so I just like to sometimes envision a story that might be in line with the mood of a song or an album.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

D: I’d love to get my music licensed for video games, commercials, etc. As well as be able to create an original soundtrack to something someday.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

D: I’ve had some of my songs used by recording artists that I looked up to before which was really awesome. And just hearing when someone enjoys my music means a lot.

 

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?

D: It’s been rough at times. I feel like I’ve been at this for a while and not too much has happened that I’d like to have happen. But I just like to keep on keeping on and pushing myself to get better and have more people find out about me.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

D: No performances as of right now. Possibly looking at putting something together in the future.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

D: I think it’s a much easier way to discover new music that you may love. I think it’s great, though artists should perhaps be making more from streaming platforms in general.

 

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

D: Progenies of the Great Apocalypse just because I LOVE that song so much haha.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

D: I’d change how easy it is for generic mainstream music to be not only heard but be incredibly popular when there are much more talented people who really love the art of music that never get heard or barely recognized at all.

 

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

D: All kinds of things. I like to dabble in different genres and stuff, though I think it’s about time I made a follow-up to my first Metal album \m/

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

D: I’m available on all major streaming platforms like Spotify, and am also on social media like Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Band/Artist location – Clarkston, Washington
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