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?
GoS: Melodic hard rock with an ear for story and melody.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e.where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
GoS: I was born in Michigan and I truly never remember wanting to do anything except make music. My dad was a musician and as young a 3, I had a guitar in my hands. I carried it around like other kids carried stuffed animals or a security blanket. It was (and is) one of my best friends.
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?
GoS: Musically, any time I hear a great song, I get excited. I love music so much and means so much to me, that great songs are like prayers to me. I like to write about human emotions and experiences. I like songs to have characters and storylines.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
GoS: Honestly? Just to have music “feed” itself financially. Just to be able to keep writing, recording, and releasing music that finds an audience. A little dough would be nice.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
GoS: Wow, so many great moments. The people. I’m really proud that I’ve been a part of something that hopefully makes people’s lives a little more tolerable and a little more joyful. Music did that for me. It’s nice to try and pay it back.
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?
GoS: We seem to have connected with an audience of smart music listeners who want the songs they listen to to “take them” somewhere. We’ve been blessed.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
GoS: Live performances are a little prohibitive for us right now, but we’re always looking for a way to make them happen. My partner Todd Long and I are both very active live musicians in a number of different musical settings. We both work. A lot!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
GoS: The goal is to get the songs to as many people as possible and those sites make that happen. Sometimes I wish it yielded more revenue to re-invest in the band.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GoS: “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles. It’s all there. It’s dark, it’s hopeful, it’s musical, and it’s real.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
GoS: “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” – Hunter S Thompson
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
GoS: We’ve got 2 songs completed for what we hope will be our 3rd release and second full-length album.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
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