Hollywood Nightmare – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Answer: We are a 4 piece young and ambitious Metalcore trouble makers from the heart of Hollywood. As of myself, I’m a blonde Korean that plays guitar in Los Angeles, unfortunately the neighbors hates me when I play metal music.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

Answer: I am originally from South Korea. My strict family had me learning classical piano from the age of 5 to 11, and I absolutely hated that, but I always had the interests in learning the drums and guitar, and my grandpa bought me an acoustic guitar on my 11th birthday, and that was the turning point of my life, it’s a strange feeling that the moment I touched the instrument, I had a crazy Déjà vu sensation, and instantly fell in love with the sound of guitar, and the rest is all history.


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?

Answer: Musically, I have influences from genres such as hard rock, anime music, Metalcore, punk, electronic and anything heavy, the main reasons for this result was me constantly being under the pressure from the family and school about my study yet I was just not born for that, frustration and stress made me taking likes to heavy music. And we as a band, the environment AKA Hollywood and events of life plays a big part of our songwriting.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Answer: Linkin Park was the first inspiration for me and I really enjoyed their ability to conquer any styles of music; Polyphia, the instrumental band has so much possibilities with their music and I can learn one thing or two every time listening to them; recently, I am under huge influence of Mick Gordon, I enjoy the heaviness and the bouncy rhythms, which motivates me to make music like that. I always chase the excitement and absolutely no fillers!


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

Answer: For me is the first time we sold out a show with Escape the Fate at Whisky a Gogo, that was the moment that I felt Hollywood Nightmare is finally playing in front of the right audience, right bill and the right timing, the show was sick and everyone loved us, although we’ve played many sold out shows and even festival events later on, that show is still the most special one.


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?

Answer: There are so many bedroom producers and independent artists emerging, distributing music becoming extremely accessible now, we have to ensure that the quality of our music has to be top notch, utilizing all the resources such as PR, Spotify playlisting and influencers, which is very easy to find if you actually dig in through the internet. Also, having a kick ass visual rather a Lyric video, music video or even just visualizers accompanying the music that we put out always attracts more people than just a blank stationary picture of the album or single.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

Answer: We are connected with Whisky A Gogo and some LA promoters, we get show offers from them all the time and we try our best to jump on all of them; we are also associated with Curtain Call Records, they put us on festivals and offers us a lot opportunities. We have a show coming up with Fate Destroyed at Whisky A Gogo on January 22nd 2023, if you happened to be in LA and like modern metal, you do not want to miss out this show!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Answer: I don’t really know too much about downloading music, although I should feel honored if someone actually downloaded my music. I think streaming music is the way to go, it makes getting access to music easier for everyone, although I would hope they could pay artists what they really deserve.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Answer: I wish I wrote Machine by Born of Osiris, because it’s such a banger and very smart on the guitar structures throughout the song, especially the technique during the chorus isn’t too hard but it sounds crazy and incredible. Whenever I see a guitar, that song is on my jamming list.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

Answer: The pay to play tradition in LA is something I want to change, the artists have the ability to sell tickets, but under the stress of paying in order to perform really makes it harder for the artists, the artists aren’t really making any money from selling tickets, unless selling out and that can only break even the deposit. If I could change, the artists should skip paying deposit, getting a cut from the doors and make money from their merchandise and that should be all they are required to do.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

Answer: We are currently writing new materials that we took different a approach, musically resemble intense video game soundtracks, and the message is personal. More of that will come in 2023, so stay tuned!


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

Answer: You can find us on social medias, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok are our territories. You can also check out our website where you can track our touring dates and merchandises.

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