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Dez Dare – 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?

DD: A fuzz beast clawing out of a pit of noise, riffs + existential joy 👹

 

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

DD: I started out in punk rock bands back in the 90s. Ended up setting up my own record labels and touring companies and made a lot of noise and records. Dez Dare is my return to recording and performing after a long break.

 

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?

DD: Fuzzy and weird music. Butthole Surfers, Ty Segall, The Wipers, O Sees as well as super old fuzz like Blue Cheer and Shocking Blue. Melody, noise and existentialism. I have always loved to explore psychology. A lot of Autisitic people do, as it helps them understand people which is difficult for people like me. The human condition is fascinating. As Camus once said, “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is”.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

DD: Keep making music. Build a better studio to make stuff in!

 

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

DD: That’s a tough one. I think having the balls or stupidity to jump on stage at the age of fifteen and just play in front of a bunch of rockers at a biker venue, even though we were shit. All the records, festivals, reviews, adoration of 10s of fans, none of that would have happened without that one leap of naive abandon.

 

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?

DD: Yeah, not bad. I have a lot of experience with promoting music so that helps. The market is a difficult place these days. A flooded ecosystem that couldn’t support itself before, let alone now. But no one makes art for money. It’s a byproduct of the art. If you do it for long enough and smart enough, you will start making some £ but it’s difficult and the digital era has made that even harder.

 

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

DD: I am doing my 3rd show this week. July 23rd at The Beehive in London. Me, a laptop, projections and a bunch of guitar pedals. I am booking shows myself at present. The least fun part of playing music.

 

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

DD: They are a part of the ecosystem now. We have to live with them. I once heard an argument at a conference that bands can make more from streaming services than traditional media like CDs, vinyl. There is a little truth to the statement. Say for example a band presses a CD to sell in a record store at £10, the store gets £3. Manufacturing & distribution is £4.50. So before marketing and PR is even counted, we are already down to £2.50 to the artist. On one purchase which is forever. With a streaming service you get .0004p or whatever they are paying per play but if you can maintain an audience for a long enough period, over time you will make more from that recording across digital platforms than you would from a traditional sale. That is where the issue lies, maintaining an audience. Not all bands can write and record alot. Bands are tumultuous at best, most leading short lives. There’s also that flooded ecosystem from before. If you have a long enough career, digital can work. For most small labels and artists it is nothing more than a way to try and drive people to your merch.

 

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

DD: The Wipers / Up Front / Is This Real?

Just a great punk song with a strong melody and solid sound. Great record.

 

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

DD: Nah, the best way to navigate the industry is don’t. Do things your own way and find people who want to support you. If no one will support you, just do it yourself. There are always people who will be keen to hear your music and it is easy to find out how to do it yourself if you have the spare time.

 

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

DD: I am working on my next album, ‘Perseus War’. Just got to write and record the vocals. 2nd album out in August, albums 3 & 4 out in 2023. Gotta love home studios.

 

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

DD: Everything you need to know is @ https://linktr.ee/dezdareriffs

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