IAMMERAKI – Interview

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

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

Passionate. I pour everything into my songs, every drop of emotion and feeling.

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

I started doing music when I was 6 years old and learned the piano. At
first I hated it, but the more I experimented with the piano and other
instruments the more I got into music. But my love of music stems from
my grandfather showing me music when I was a toddler. Being exposed to
all styles of music eventually drove me to start wanting to write my
own music and experiment with sounds and modern production methods.

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?

I write about my experience and mental health. I treat my music like a
personal diary at times, exposing my thoughts for people to hear. I
know that emotional music always felt relatable, and I could connect
with it on a deeper level so I eventually ended up writing that.

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

I want to make music my full-time job, I’d love to focus on my music full time.

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

Releasing my Debut single with this project Contrast!

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?

It’s hard but I have a fantastic team working with me. They have been
here every step of the way.

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

At this point in time, being a one man show isn’t really viable. Maybe
I’ll enlist the help of friends someday for live shows but right now,
I don’t have any plans.

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

As much as it isn’t financially viable for upcoming artists it is
absolutely fantastic to get music heard. Everything can be heard at
the click of a button, you can share a link to a page with every song
you’ve ever released. With the entire world becoming more digital,
music streaming services have become the normal and I’m going to
embrace it!

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

I can honestly say I don’t. All my favourite songs I have extreme
respect for the artists and the production teams behind them. So I
couldn’t answer this at all

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

The competitiveness.

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

A few more singles for the year and hopefully back into the studio at
the end of the year.

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

You can head to any of my social medias; @iammerakiau on Facebook and instagram

Band/Artist location – Sydney Australia
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