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?
F: A fan of the metalcore genre that has always wanted to be a part of a music project.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
F: I’m from Orange County, CA. I grew up in the Orange County Hardcore scene and always wanted to try to be a vocalist. I jumped on Smule (the karaoke app) and covered “Forever” by As I Lay Dying for my Fianceé. She was impressed and told me to keep pursuing my music journey and 6 years later, I released my own project.
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?
F: What inspires me is that there so many talented people who had dreams but lost sight of them due to someone pushing them off their path to success. I was once that person who almost gave up, but realized that music is more than the person writing it, it’s about the ones who consume it and the fact that what you put out can drastically change someone’s life. That’s my focus, “how can this affect someone’s life in a positive way?”. I LOVE to write songs starting with sorrow with a happy and uplifting ending.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
F: To leave behind a legacy for both my kids. To show them that if they push and push through whatever pain life will throw, that CAN live their dreams just like Dad is living his.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
F: Doing a song with my 9 year old son. Him telling me “Daddy I wanna scream on a song just like you.”
Also, releasing my own EP and the reactions that followed.
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?
F: That’s the exciting part, so many people are winning after starting from scratch on places that we couldn’t imagine. I personally feel, the more people winning, the best it is for the scene (whichever scene one may be a part of) and best for the fans.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
F: I currently don’t have any coming up.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
F: Me personally, as long as my music gets heard, it’s okay with me.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
F: “Love Lost In A Hail Of Gunfire” by Bleeding Through because it’s a MASTERPIECE and has helped me with my depression growing up.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
F: I just wish that more people were allowed be themselves more often.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
F: Currently, doing some covers here and there. Might be doing a follow-up EP.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
F: I have a website https://finona-music.yolasite.com/
Which has links to my bio and also my merch.
Thank you so very much for your time.