Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: Hey Deva. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions again. What have you been up to since the last time we spoke?
DSJ: Hello! My pleasure. Thank you for having me! Last we spoke, I was organising Preacher’s release. I filmed a music video, edited a lyric video, and worked on some demos for the next one!
PD: You’ve just released your new single ‘Preacher’. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
DSJ: Sure! Preacher is a big, bold, bratty anthem about our government / society and how we essentially live in a cult of money. I drew a lot of inspiration from the Illuminati conspiracy and all the political shit we’ve had to deal with recently.
PD: What’s the reception been like so far?
DSJ: It’s been pretty good! It’s had a lot of support from BBC Introducing and quite a few independent blogs and playlists. I feel happy!
PD: Lockdown is now hopefully behind us. What methods did you use for getting through the last 12 months?
DSJ: Fingers crossed! I’ll be so glad to see the back of it. Fortunately, I’ve been able to continue to do acting work. I have a (pretty basic, but still functional!) home studio set-up – so I was able to do a lot of voice work. I also downloaded Pro Tools and started getting familiar with demo making and rough production. It’s a dream of mine to completely engineer and produce an album one day – but I have a lot of work to do before I get there. I also got more familiar with Premiere Pro and started creating lyric videos for my songs! That’s been very fun. I just tried to learn a lot and gain some new skills.
PD: How did it affect your creativity? Did you find it stifled or were you able to use it to your advantage?
DSJ: I’m the sort of person who’s most creative when I’m alone – so being stuck in the house with four other people was a bit of a detriment in that regard. That said, my boyfriend (Split The Dealer) is a very hard worker. If I have a lot of admin, or research, or PR to do – I get bored pretty quickly. When it came to promoting a song or researching management / booking agencies – having him around to encourage me to keep going was actually a massive help. We got a lot done!
PD: With the country seemingly on its way back to normal. What’sin the pipeline for you when normal service resumes?
DSJ: I need to go back to shoot a little bit more for a new TV show – the work was supposed to be done before Christmas but, you know, Covid. Then, I begin mo-cap work for a video game! Then, I need to get back into the studio and record my next single. I also need to start working on the new set for late 2021-2022! We have a headline show booked for September 25th at The Waiting Room in London, so I want to make sure our set is rocking and rolling and ready to go.
PD: The music industry seems to be changing at quite an alarming rate, for a number of reasons. What’s your biggest annoyance within the industry and how would you go about changing that?
DSJ: My biggest annoyance with the music industry is that in a line-up of 200 artists – about 10% of them are women or non-binary. It’s even worse in rock. It’s pathetic and it has to change. There’s nothing more punk than a person who’s consistently shat on by society coming out and writing about it. Frankly, it’s ridiculous that we aren’t running the genre.
PD: Where can we check out your stuff online?
DSJ: I’m mainly on Instagram – I’m also on Twitter and Facebook. Although, I’m able to churn music out because of the incredible people on my Patreon. It’s a real good time over there, so it’d mean a lot to see you and anyone else on there too!
PD: Finally, any partying words of wisdom you’d like to leave our readers with?
DSJ: Save the planet, love is love, and fuck the Tories.
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