Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
F: Our highest priority is to do good. We want to use our music to connect with people, to spark thoughts & feelings and at least in some small way to help make the world a better place for all living beings.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
F: The idea for Fold was born in London 2010 and fully formed into a live band in Leeds, 2012. Since then we’ve self-released 3 albums (nearly), 2 EPs and a ton of singles; carving out a reputation as a decent live act in the process. We act as a collective drawing in many different performers including a horn section run by Emma Johnson, a violinist named Kieran O’Malley and countless vocalists including the UK poet Mr Gee. We’ve always taken a DIY approach, effectively making records and running a label for ourselves. Through persistence and good fortune we’ve been able to form relationships with several key figures at BBC 6 Music who have supported us hugely over the years.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
F: Musical: Public Enemy, The Meters, Frank Zappa, DJ Shadow, Sly & the Family Stone, A Tribe Called Quest, The Wu-Tang Clan, the list goes on and on 🙂 Non-musical: an even longer list. Because we use personal narratives of so many historical figures they all have exerted an influence on us. To name a few that have appeared in our work: Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Kurt Vonnegut, Lorraine Hansberry, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and Margaret Walker.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
F: To help raise awareness of the need for a paradigm shift that places life above profit and to expose the narratives that prevent it from happening. This, we believe, is the big one.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
F: Seth writes them. Broadly speaking they reflect a global system that is broken and the ways in which narratives are used to control society. They also amplify personal narratives of inspirational and often marginalised people.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
F: A lot of it is through word of mouth — street talk. The second biggest reach we have is through radio, then social media and newsletters.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
F: We wish artists were paid more fairly for streaming and downloading; other than that we think it’s wonderful that music is so immediately accessible without the need for carbon-intensive physical distribution. That said, we still love vinyl as a listening & performing medium.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
F: The one I haven’t yet written that’s better than everything I’ve written so far. I hold myself to the highest standard I possibly can.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
F: Not ever having enough to time or energy to work on music as much as we’d like. We all have personal obligations and challenges that require balancing. I myself (Seth) am neurodiverse and have had to muddle through 44 years of life as best I can with no support for it. As a neurodiverse parent of 2 neurodiverse children I am increasingly frustrated with a world that is entirely constructed around the needs of neurotypical people and happily ignores the needs of those that are not (who make up an estimated 1/3 of all people). I’m certainly aware of my privilege as a middle class white male but there is most certainly such a thing as neurotypical privilege as well.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
F: Several. Our latest album is one. Going around record shops in Amsterdam with our previous LP to build bridges was another. Arguably our proudest moment was playing live in session for Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music back in 2017 for a special Record Store Day broadcast. It was harrowing but incredibly rewarding.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
F: Our 3rd album is out on October 17; a tribute to the great & too often overlooked artist-intellectual Lorraine Hansberry. I’m currently working on a side project with our collaborator Komla MC; a nice and weird hip hop album. We’re also just getting back into playing rehearsals together after the lockdowns and aiming to play our first gig since 2019 in the next few months,
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
F: All of our physical releases are available at http://fold.bandcamp.com/. That includes our forthcoming album which will be released on deluxe clear marbled blue vinyl with printed inner sleeve. It is a beauty 🙂 You can also pre-save it on all the digital platforms here: https://ditto.fm/aphelion-a-tribute-to-lorraine-hansberry
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