Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
J: Like a mature adult with pent up teenage angst! Our music has polished but dirty feel (like a well organized garage) It’s upbeat but the lyrics are quite contemplative and poignant at times
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
J: David sat down next to Rosey at an open mic and started chatting her up. That was 9 years ago! After a few jam sessions and briefly playing in another band together, it was clear we were very compatible as artists and people.
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?
J: I think like so many artists, music is our way of making sense of our own reality, forming our beliefs and visions of the world. We write about society, human nature and the environment.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
J: Really just to make as much of a positive difference in the world as we can. We want to share empowering ideas through our music, and find enough success to be able to give back in bigger ways to the community.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
J: Probably completing our cross Canada tour we did after the release of our album pre-pandemic. We booked it all ourselves and it was pretty fun!
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?
J: It’s going! We do as much promotion we can on social media, and try to get to know our fans. We also have a couple great companies that have helped us out, Auteur Research and Presstown Media. Independent blogs like yourself are so important to helping us share our music, so thank you!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
J: So far we’ve done it all ourselves. We had some festivals and a US tour planned in 2020 before the start of the pandemic. Hopefully we’ll get back to it in the next couple years! That being said… Any booking agents reading this ? 😀
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
J: We actually just helped to lead the Toronto section of a worldwide protest on March 15th to improve labour rights at Spotify. The protest was led by the organization Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW) based out of Chicago. UMAWs demands are to increase the rate per stream to one cent, end all payola, credit all labour in tracks on the platform and to end lawsuits aimed at further impoverishing independent artists. We got quite a bit of press across the world and our video got featured on Democracy Now! It was a really fun day. We’re hoping there are some big changes coming to music streaming.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
J: Today the answer is Phoenix – Armistice
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
J: We really would hope to change the way streaming platforms and social media outlets take advantage of artists.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
J: We just put out our new single Sojourn, which you so graciously shared last week! We’re going to put out another in June, can’t wait to share it with you all!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
J: Website: https://jitenshamusic.com
Music purchase: https://jitensha-music.bandcamp.com/track/sojourn
Band/Artist location – Montréal, Québec Canada
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