Elektric Mistress – Interview

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

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Kyle: The love child of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple would be a pretty apt description.


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

Kyle: Well, I’m from a little place called Dutch Settlement in Nova Scotia, Canada. I started playing guitar when I was 14 after listening to Kill ‘Em All by Metallica for the first time. That was definitely an eye-opener. I didn’t really get to play with other people (other than my brother) until my early 20s. I played in a few different bands, and many years later, here we are.


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?

Kyle: Not sure if there’s a particular reason or person that inspires me; it’s something I enjoy doing for myself, I guess. If I had to pick a person right this minute, I’d say Tony Iommi. There’s a lot of him in my playing, for sure. Personally, I don’t write lyrics, I’m one of the two riff machines in the band, so as for the second part of the question, feel free to infer what you wish, heh.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Kyle: To get as many people listening as possible. Playing bigger venues instead of just at the local bar would be pretty cool, as well. But ultimately, as stated in the previous question, this is something I do because I enjoy it. I wouldn’t say I have any real aspirations beyond that. Sure, it’d be cool to be able to get big enough to play arenas and tour the world, but realistically in the music business today, that’s probably not going to happen.


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

Kyle: Heh, any time we get to release new music is a pretty proud moment. A lot of bands never get the opportunity to release anything at all, so being able to get new music out is definitely a blessing.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the age of the home studio. How is that going?

Kyle: Well, with the help of our bud Jon Asher and Asher Media Relations, I think it’s going as well as it can. We’re up on new followers, streams, and opportunities to talk with people like yourself to get the word out, so it’s all a win, for sure. You’re right, it definitely feels like there’s a pretty large ocean of music these days that everyone has access to, so having press support is essential.


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

Kyle: Heh, we don’t have a booking agent or anything like that, so we contact the venue ourselves and book it up. For promotion, usually just Facebook groups and the like. We have a festival gig lined up for August, and a couple of local dates in October right now.


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

Kyle: Heh, well there’s no reason to illegally download music anymore, is there? If you’re gonna download music, do it from Bandcamp. Spotify, with all its drawbacks (the whole “getting paid 0.00001 cents per stream” thing) is actually pretty decent. You can basically get it for free, and discover a ton of new music that you may have never heard otherwise.


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

Kyle: That’s a hard one. There are a ton of those. Maybe “Lord Of This World” by Sabbath. Why? I really don’t know. It’s definitely my favorite Sabbath tune. We’ll go with that, heh.


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

Kyle: Definitely the low streaming pay thing.


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

Kyle: We’re working on polishing up our current live set, and also looking at starting our next recording. Heh, we’re going to try recording drums in my buddy’s barn out in the country. Stay tuned for that one……..


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

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