Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
G: I’m a vocalist in a few bands. Don’t really consider myself a “singer” as that would imply I sing professionally and I’m far from it. I am able to hold a note from time to time.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
G: I’m 37, been working professionally in the music industry for 15 years, been in bands for the last 18 years. Married, no kids, four cats, a ton of various collectibles that definitely do not suit a person my age 🙂
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
G: I take inspiration from a lot of stuff – music, art, movies, comic books, video games. You name it. Can’t really narrow it down to a few names.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
G: Just to live a happy life, that’s pretty much it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
G: I write all my lyrics and the themes vary depending on the project I’m writing for. For Grieving, it’s all about the feeling of dread, despair, gloom… A lot of references to old horror movies, especially the really atmospheric ones. And a lot of the Occult and Devil-worshipping. You can’t go wrong with that.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
G: We try to just make the best music we can and hope that people will appreciate it. We use social media to help us along the way but we’re not really that attention-hungry. Doom metal is all about taking things slow.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
G: I’m not against it. While I do prefer physical copies and have a lot of those in my collection, I am aware that downloading music is just more comfortable. As long as it helps promoting bands, it’s all good. True fans will want to support the scene anyway.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
G: I’m happy with the songs I’ve written so far, don’t need other people’s credit.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
G: I do have a tendency to talk a bit too much and drag some conversations. And the things I say aren’t always that interesting 🙂
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
G: I think that every time I put a new record on my shelf, that’s a moment I’m really proud of. That feeling of a job well done.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
G: I’ve been pretty busy this year – already released four albums with different projects, with two to more to go. But I’m really enjoying this creative outburst so far and can’t wait to start working on new stuff.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
G: I’m afraid the nearest shows we’ll play with Grieving will be in early 2022 – we’re still in the middle of forming a live line-up. But we’re very eager to bring “Songs for the Weary” on the road and I’m sure they’ll sound really powerful live.