Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you
JB: I’m a London based Contemporary Classical Composer/Producer. I use a lot of electronics fused with more organic classical instruments such as Piano and Cello.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JB: Sure, I began learning the piano when I was really young, largely focussing on classical music and composition. Since then, I’ve graduated from audio engineering degrees whilst simultaneously producing a range of music in Manchester.
I moved to London in 2018 and since then built on my production work, but also introduced film composition whilst writing my own projects also. The first of which “Noctilucent” will be released shortly.
PD: Who are your musical influences?
JB: I have quite a lot, however I’d say some of the main are: Bonobo, Hania Rani, Ólafur Arnalds and Grandbrothers.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JB: Music wise, I’d love to perform at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. It is the first place I started watching contemporary artists perform and is a place close to home musically. However I think having a life purely based on creative music would be more than just fine!
PD: What inspires your work most outside of music
JB: I love to travel, in particular hiking in mountainous remote areas. It is a really big reset button for me. Living in London you can become worn down quite easily as the way of life is chaotic and intense. These things allow you to see and think more clearly again.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
JB:It is the world we are living in now, naturally I’d love every artist to have their own vinyl’s we can all go and listen to but that can’t be the case, especially for new artists.
I love that it brings more exposure to smaller acts however I think there needs to be a significant change in how payments are distributed via streaming platforms, not only to artists, but the writers too.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JB: “Back to the Sky” – Ólafur Arnalds.
The way it elevates, rises and falls dynamical using the strings / drum arrangement is all genius writing and the track itself is highly emotive.
PD: What would you change about the music industry if anything?
JB: There is a few things, fair pay for artists from streaming platforms as mentioned. Likewise, with PRS royalties in the film / television world.
Within production roles (engineers and mixers) I’d like to see more diversity, likewise amongst the classical / media composition world too.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JB: I have a few, however at this moment having my debut single “Blue Hour” aired on John Kennedy’s Radio X X-Posure show is a really big achievement.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
JB: There will be a follow up single after the EP sometime later in the year, hopefully summer. A similar style to Blue Hour but the aim is to expand the cello lines I regularly use into a quartet so it’ll have more melodic interplay against the rhythms.
I’m also working on a few films with a fantastic composer which I hope to share before too long!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JB: My debut “Noctilucent “EP is available from the 30th of April 2021 and can be heard on all streaming platforms. As for purchase, it will be available on iTunes and Bandcamp too.