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?
FP: We are an instrumental ambient metal group. Creating heavy soundscapes. Think of a heavy Pink Floyd. Lots of riffs, lots of volume! All our recordings are one piece comprised of 6-7 parts.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
FP: We are from Richmond VA. This band was formed back by Adam Kravitz and Seth Harris in 2018. We released our first 30 Minute piece Terma in 2019. The members at the time were Adam Kravitz- guitars, Brian Metz- Bass, Seth Harris-Drums. Brian and Seth both left the project during covid. Sean Plunkett was added on Bass, and Kevin White was added on Drums. We recorded our new 42-minute piece the Kybalion and it weas released at the end of 2022. All of our music is instrumental, and we play to custom made videos that pair up with the music.
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?
FP: Pink Floyd, Amenra, Russian Circles, King Crimson, Tool, etc. All those bands create an atmosphere. Love ethereal vibes and sounds coupled with very low tuned guitars. Doom, but not really haha. Our Recordings have themes. Terma is based off a Buddhist teachings of different levels of enlightenment and where these hidden artifacts can be found throughout nature. One found the individual can reach a new level of enlightenment! The Kybalion is based off the 7 Hermetic principles of life. Very deep stuff that awesome to attach to music.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
FP: To just keep on writing and playing music till we are unable to do so anymore. Play shows, Festivals, make new recordings. There is a new one in the works.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
FP: Our last release show we did here in Richmond, VA September 10th, 2022. We rented out a 100-year-old movie theater and had our release show there. Played the Kybalion to our custom video on their 40ft screen. Set up right in front of the audience. Brought All our equipment, Pa etc. It was amazing.
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?
FP: It’s tough, but it doesn’t stop us from doing what we do. It’s great to hear all the different artist out there. Music is meant to inspire, so hopefully it continues to do so😊
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
FP: We do it all ourselves. We play mostly regional, not too much touring. We are playing some festivals coming up MACROCK in VA April 8th. Playing at the Maryland Doomfest In June which Is always a great time. Thinking about doing another release show for the new one, possibly at an IMAX theater here in Richmond.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
FP: All for it. It gets the music out there. Can’t really make money from music alone, so its great that there are sites that make it more accessible to people from all over the world.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
FP: Dark Side of the Moon. The Perfect soundtrack album! Perfect feel, tells a story even without lyrics(of course there are lyrics in it ) Just such an amazing vibe!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
FP: The rat race all vying for the top spot. Wish it was more of a connection effort. The way its set up forces bands to think mostly of themselves. Not horrible, just could be cooler.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
FP: We are currently writing our next 40-minute piece. We have a concept for it and have started the arranging process. Will take little time haha.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Future Projektor links:
Band/Artist location – Richmond, VA
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