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?
FN: we are a high energy punk band with catchy hooks and a good sense of humour.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
FN: One thing I can certainly start with is that it was a rocky road in the early days. In the beginning, Darren, Mick and Nick put in all the ground work sifting through members to form the perfect 5 piece. After a lot of trial and error Nat and I were introduced to the band and the force was strong. The rest was history.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences?
FN: I think I could speak for each member when I say we have all been inspired by another band or songwriter at some point in our youth. Idolising these musicians inspired us all to grab our instrument of choice and follow the dream of writing music. We all have very similar influences which keeps us all on the same path creatively.
PD: What do you like to write about in your songs?
FN: We like to try and aim for positive vibes through our songwriting. We tell stories of the good times while also touching on some of the more serious issues we face in life. We also have songs about partying, aliens and just generally sticking it to the man, it’s a wild ride!
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
FN: we plan to keep writing music that we love and we hope to connect with other people along the way. If our music could lift someone up that is going through a tough time or just have people generally relate with our lyrics then we’re doing our job!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
FN: That’s a very tough question because each and every day we all put in 100% and we keep achieving more and more goals each better than the last. We are currently doing three leg’s of the Everclear Australian tour which has been a highlight for sure. We also have a support spot coming up for A Wilhelm Scream and that is huge for all of us as we are all massive fans. There is no better feeling than releasing new music and getting great feedback from it though, that’s our bread and butter.
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?
FN: I guess it comes down to hard-work and persistence, we all do our part in this band whether it’s updating social media, writing new music, organizing shows, scheduling rehearsals etc we have it covered, It’s just a well oiled machine.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
FN: We generally take a bit of time off playing live shows here and there to work on new music then when we release the songs it tends to turn a few heads which in turn gets us shows. Sometimes we do a little bit of chasing ourselves but most of the time things just tend to fall in our lap.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
FN: I think it’s great how available music is now with social media and all of the listening platforms now days. Unfortunately the days of making money off music has diminished but we are just happy with people listening to our songs.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
FN: That’s a really tough question but I’d have to say anything written by Tony Sly, he was the goat.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
FN: The music industry can be a bit of a dog eat dog world at times but we choose to ignore the politics of it all and just focus on writing music, playing show’s and cracking jokes. If people have a crack at us we take it as positive feedback because it generally means they are threatened by our growing success.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
FN: We have an arsenal of secret weapons in the works at the moment. We are currently doing some fine tuning and we have floated the idea of a new album possibly for 2024
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
FN: We are on all the usual social media & music streaming platforms. Currently we are handling all our own merch sales so contact us directly through our socials or email & we will sort you out but we are in the process of setting up online sales.
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