Interview with Ethan Beattie (Vocals) of E.B. & The Deadlights and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Ethan: I am a hard rock and metal singer & one of the songwriters for my band E.B & The Deadlights.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Ethan: I was born & raised in Northern Ireland and have been a fan of rock in metal for as long as I can remember. My mum has always been into the same music as me so she got me into most of the stuff I listen to. When I was four she showed me Alice Coopers scene in Wayne’s World were he plays Feed My Frankenstein and that was me set on my ways honestly!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Ethan: Musical I would say Alice Cooper and the various shock rock acts he’s inspired. More recently Creeper have been one of my favourite bands for a few years now, I think their last album Sex Death & The Infinite Void is a masterpiece. Non musical I’d say Stephen King without a doubt. Not only did I name my band after one of his supernatural forces but since I started reading his books I have taken a much more serious tone to writing lyrics.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Ethan: Honestly to make music my living has always been my dream, I had a phase for about 2 years were I wanted to be a professional ice hockey player but apart from that music is the only thing I’ve wanted to make my life!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Ethan: Our writing process is split 50/50 between myself and our guitarist Matt. Usually Matt brings me a riff and we’ll work on it whenever the next practice is then I’ll start writing lyrics and try to structure the song then we go from there. As far as meaning goes there’s a wide variety there. I’ll write alot about personal stuff and just elaborate greatly on how I phase things to make it more interesting, the title track on our debut ep Still See Ghosts is about wanting something from the past to come back then realising once you have it back it was better left dead in the past. Then on the other side of the coin there’s songs like our first single off of the ep Empty Frames which is just absolutely nuts, I wanted to write something that sounded like it’d come from the mind of a Stephen King villain and I had just watched the movie Wolf Creek around that time so lyrically it ended up being extremely dark. I think it’s good to have variety like that, write stuff that matters to you but don’t be scared to dive into fiction, song writing is story telling!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Ethan: Obviously with the state the world is in at the moment our only real way to promote ourselves is through social media. It is such an important thing these days and every band needs to have a strong social presence in my opinion. I also think it’s necessary to only post about stuff that is important because if you post a bunch of stupid stuff people likely won’t pay attention when it comes to announcements for gigs, tours and releases.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Ethan: I think it’s just the way the world is going. I myself prefer vinyl and if it’s one of my favourite albums or a new release from a band I love I will 100% buy their stuff on some form of physical format. With that being said I do have a Spotify premium subscription, I think both have their advantages honestly it’s handy to be able to leave the house and know you have access to all your music on your phone or whatever, but at the same time vinyl does sound better and I think it’s much more satisfying than just opening your phone and pressing play haha!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Ethan: Jesus that’s a hard one, there’s so many I could pick. I’d say Heaven Can Wait by Meat Loaf. Bat out of hell is one of the best albums ever released in my opinion, Jim Steinman.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Ethan: If someone scrapes a knife or fork on a plate it makes me want to scream. And when it comes to music I like to be very prepared and know what’s happening, so when someone we try to work with is lacklustre it drives me insane haha!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Ethan: Matt Alston who is the drummer from machine head shared one of my old bands songs. It was the first time someone of note had acknowledged something I had been a part of so it was definitely a proud moment for sure.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Ethan: Our Debut ep Still See Ghosts is set to release on December 3rd so we’re hyped to see how that goes. We aren’t wasting a lot of time either. We already have 5 new songs demoed which we are currently working on so I’m excited to see how those turn out!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from
Ethan: Our debut ep Still See Ghosts is set to release December 3rd, with the first single Empty Frames on October 1st coming to all streaming platforms! As far as buying the release goes we are currently learning how to setup bandcamp so keep an eye out for that!
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