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?
Dan: I would say we are essentially an Alt-rock band with many different influences, but more so just musicians trying to explore all realms and possibilities.
We want to create cool and interesting music without setting too many limitations on where we can go with it.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Dan: I am from the north east coast of Australia originally and have been playing in bands since I was in high school. My buddy had a drum kit in his “room” which was a decked out caravan in his parents backyard which was pretty cool. We had a jam one day after school and the rest is history.
Unfortunately there was never much of a scene in my hometown so I decided to relocate to the bigger cities in my late teens.
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?
Dan: These days I personally try to keep things simple and really set the mood.
Try to get drawn into the emotion and write something you can really feel and hope that it translates to the listener.
Essentially I think in eyethewild we really want the music to have depth and take our listeners on a journey. All while retaining the familiarity and catchy-ness that gets you hooked into the tunes.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Dan: To get our music out far and wide to as many ears as possible (Our upcoming debut album ‘Colours of the dark’) and hopefully (Covid permitting) get out and play some great live shows to promote the album.
I am actually really excited to see where we can go with the direction of our music as we progress and hone our own unique sound.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
In the past I’d say supporting some really great international bands (Cavalera Conspiracy, Cradle of filth, Psycroptic) in my old band ‘Shifting the paradigm’
But releasing eyethewild’s first album in the next couple of months is shaping up to be an unreal experience! It’s hard work, but we have already released 2 singles (Hollywood Dream and Nothing To Fear) and filmed 2 music videos to accompany them. Which has been a heap of fun and they both look incredible!
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?
Dan: Definitely a challenge! haha
There are definitely a lot of new artist’s making music which is great!
There also seems to be a lot of “middlemen” and different avenues that would like to capitalise off artists releasing music.. which can be good, and also not.
You just have to use your best judgment and try to use the best tools you can find and hope your music falls on the right ears in the right places.
And Obviously try to learn as much as you can from each process to try be more self efficient in the future.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Dan: We book most of our own shows through promoters we know and promote as much as we can through social media and radio.
We have some shows coming up in North Queensland, which will be our first tour as eyethewild. The tour finishes off in our hometown of the Gold Coast at Vinnies Dive a cool little local club.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
It’s definitely a catch 22 with a lot people using the platforms for their music needs but the artist not getting much return from the streams unfortunately. At the moment you just have to look for as many alternative avenues to make an income as a musician. I am optimistic that it will change though.. there has to be a balance .
Hopefully it’s realised sooner rather than later that so much goes into making music and being in a band that the artists deserve there fair share.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Dan: Haha there are so many!
Maybe Dyers eve by Metallica coz it’s just fucking epic!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
I mean yea.. but it is what it is I guess.
Maybe more regulations on what artist’s are getting paid from streaming platforms etc.
And on a live front, far more support from our governments for live music artists AND venues!! It’s been absolutely disgraceful during the pandemic when compared to sporting events and the likes.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Getting everything wrapped up for our debut album release in November.
Tightening up our live set, getting ready for summer season and hopefully playing as many shows as we can to promote the album.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
You can use our https://linktr.ee/eyethewild
Band/Artist location – Gold Coast, Queensland Australia
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