Dope Default – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

DD: We are a five-piece metal band, we’re from Thessaloniki, Greece and we’re a member of the vibrant Greek stoner and metal community!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

DD: We were formed back in 2015, initially as a studio project. After the release of our first EP ‘Nuclear Honeymoon’ and the warm welcome that it received, we decided to take things a bit further. After several line-up changes, the five of us have been together since the summer of 2018. So far, we’ve released 2 EPs and 3 Albums. Our latest release is the album ‘Division’, which was released on March 3rd this year.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

DD: We’re inspired by the big heavy metal bands, like Metallica, Pantera and Black Sabbath. ‘Mainstream’ metal is our main influence. Other than these artists, we’re influenced by pop culture in general. For example, the song ‘The Saint of Killers’ from our new album is inspired by the character of the same name from the ‘Preacher’ comics. These are our influences in terms of culture. Of course our everyday lives and the world around us provides a lot of inspiration to us and to every artist out there.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

DD: Our main goal right now is to be able to tour worldwide and be signed to a decent label. This is the best that a rock or metal band can hope for, really. For now, we’re dedicated to promoting our new album, which we hope will reach as many people as possible!


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

DD: Usually someone will come up with a guitar riff or a bassline and, if we all like it, we’ll start building it into a proper song. Each and everyone will contribute something to the arrangement, or maybe will come up with a vocal line. And that’s basically it! Vary rarely does someone come up with a complete, full arrangement. We like to write everything together.

As for the lyrics, these are handled by Makis (bass) and John (vocals). They will come up with most of the lyrics, either by working together or separately. Our lyrics are quite diverse. Some talk about inner conflict, the fight within one’s self. Others about the world around us. For example, ‘Divided’ from our new album is about the divisions that exist in humanity, the rifts between us that keep us all from moving forward. And, since the very beginnings of the band, we like to write about post-apocalyptic stuff. It’s a theme we love and we feel fits perfectly with the band’s style.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

DD: Through our social media mostly. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are the bread and butter of promoting the band. This is the biggest means of promoting anything, in this day and age. Other than that, word of mouth is a big tool, as it has always been.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

DD: Listening to music through streaming services, and downloading whenever and wherever possible, is the main way one can enjoy music at this time. There’s nothing wrong with that and we are totally on board with it, especially if you consider that an unsigned band has very limited means of promoting itself. So, making our songs available online is the main way of letting the world know about our music. Of course, holding something physical in your hands is a great feeling, like a vinyl record or a CD. But this of course comes with added costs, which are sometimes too high for a band. For us, both ways work and we’d like to cater to both tastes. That’s why our new album ‘Division’ is available on CD and we’re working on offering it in vinyl format as soon as possible.


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

DD: There are lots of songs that we admire, and a lot we’ve covered. For example, pretty much everything from Metallica, or even more new stuff like Ghost’s ‘Square Hammer’ or Mastodon’s ‘Show Yourself’. But these are songs we admire and we’ll occasionally cover. However, we wouldn’t say that we wish we’d written them. We don’t like to sound like or copy other artists. We just want to write the best music we can ourselves.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

DD: Being late, in rehearsals or in recordings or in soundchecks before a show can be really irritating. That’s why all of us are very punctual and are rarely late!


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

DD: Our new record ‘Division’ definitely! It is an album that took a lot of love, a lot of effort and a lot of hard work to make, and we are really proud of the result. We hope that as many people as possible will listen to it and enjoy it! That’s why we keep making music and keep doing what we love.


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

DD: Right now we are rehearsing as much as possible, in order to be in top form for any live shows that we are going to play in the next couple of months. At the same time we are slowly starting to work on new material.


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

DD: Our next shows will be in support of our new album ‘Division’ and we’ll be playing most of, if not all, of the album! It will be a very special time and we hope to see you all in one of our shows!
Stay heavy!

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