Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
IV: We are a gothic industrial duo from Toronto, Ontario.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
IV: So we met at a Type O Negative cover show here in Toronto’s ungrounded music scene. We bonded over gothic metal as well as shared experiences growing up in communism. Ady (instrumentalist) is from Romania and Haysi (vocalist) is from Cuba so we connected on that front. That’s why we appreciate dark music so much, because we know what it’s like to live in an oppressed system.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
IV: Mr. Bungle is a huge inspiration musically. So is Type O, Pink Floyd, Trap/Metal rapper Dana Dentata, and Rob Zombie. Non-musical influences include classic horror such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, the COVID-19 pandemic and general news stories that affect our worldview. We’re also both huge history buffs so we get inspired by certain historical periods.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
IV: Our biggest aspiration is to create a sustainable business with IN Veil and hopefully reach a few fellow weirdos out there.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
IV: The songs are written exclusively by Ady (instrumentalist) and Haysi (vocalist). Ady covers all of the instrumental bits and Haysi covers all of the vocals, lyrics, melodies and harmonies. The songs are about a multitude of things. “Salome” is about a young woman being taken advantage of and finding her power, “Lunatic” is about the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as race relations in North America, “Slow Lane” is about being underappreciated and overlooked in the music business, “Whatcha Got I Want” is about falling hopelessly in love, “Daddy” is about abusive parenting and lastly “Spider” is about laws being passed in Brazil regarding the Amazon.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
IV: Exclusively online. We use every social media outlet available to us.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
IV: We think it’s better than pirating music.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
IV: I think we both wish we’d written “Dragula” by Rob Zombie. It fits so perfectly into our aesthetic and sound, and it’s just so damn catchy.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
IV: Musical elitism and unjust intolerance.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
IV: Having Michael Falcore from The Birthday Massacre sign onto our project, tied with winning the FACTOR music grant here in Canada.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
IV: Right now we are writing new songs for an upcoming LP.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from
IV: Our EP is being released on Friday, August 6th 2021. That will be available everywhere you get your music. Currently we have some tunes available on Spotify and Amazon as well as 2 music videos available on YouTube.