Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HOC: You can say we have political overtones to the lyrics – whether it be from oppression or ignorance. We try and question the worlds situations- Rock grooves with an emphasis on catchy riffs carries our message.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HOC: Head of Clay is relatively new to the scene, around 18 months ago we changed our style to rock after experimenting as a pop, folk rock band in our previous set up. We knew we had to get back to our roots of rock.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HOC: Many different Influences are made up In Head of Clay. Music styles and influences come from different parts of the world from Nepal to Columbia. All seem to blend into our sound. The rock greats of the 70’s had important messages with incredible music to express it – we try to follow in this same type of formula.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HOC: Our dream is to be able to have a solid following of our songs and videos – Our goal is to push as many songs with videos to be able to get an audience that would come to see the show when in town.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HOC: The whole band contributes to the songs musically, Lyrics are shared in various songs from Dave, Wal and Sandra ( Daves Partner ) who contributes.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HOC: We promote through social media platforms and we are assisted by a great friend, Cassandra, who manages much of the promo work. Part of the struggle is to get people to hear the tracks so the more exposure the more chance of winning fans. We really appreciate people such as yourself Pete, that try and give the unknown bands a chance to show their stuff, the rest is told by the songs .
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HOC: All forms of media can be downloaded– its just the accepted way now – I don’t think there’s any way to stop or regulate illegal downloads – Unfortunately the artists get nothing – but most tracks of artists that are not well known are difficult to find illegally so hopefully the mainstream people will pay for the song from platforms. It doesn’t seem like much – a couple of bucks a track – but it really helps out the band with the costs of equipment and maintenance.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HOC: Wow so many choices – possibly one of their best classic song – Money by Pink Floyd – Musically incredible and the satirical view of the influence that money has to the world is epic – Roger waters struggled with the fame and money from the band – he could still sense and see the inequality and unfairness in the global system. This typifies our attitudes as well – there’s enough to go around for all. The 1% of man finds that hard to accept.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HOC: We are politically motivated but are not discriminate to any faction. Suppression of ideas or attitudes is what peeves us – individuality is what creates new things – the incessant cloning of a generation styled by social media standards is what we want to prevent. We like to put the idea out there for you to decide and think about it through your views.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HOC: Possibly winning the Hollywood Music and Media awards in Rock section with a prior band in 2008. The trip to LA and people we met was instrumental to getting us here today – the networking and tips learnt there was priceless.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HOC: We feel that with the way music is marketed, the best way for us is to release single tracks one apart from EP’s or Albums. We have a few songs in the pipeline that we mix in the studio and release it with a video. We find doing it this way gives us a chance for exposure every few months until the audience know us and we can concentrate on getting each track the way we want it prior to release – not rushed to make an album.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
HOC: We are on pretty much all the platforms that you buy music – Apple Songs , Spotify , etc etc.