Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Answers by Paul Kaiser – Lead vocalist / Guitarist / Songwriter – Kaiser and the Machines of Creation
PD: What type of artist are you?
PK: Principally I am a solo songwriter who essentially put together the Machines of Creation to record my songs. This latest incarnation, which we call KMC3 has now evolved into a tightknit band unit with the release of this new album.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PK: After playing in a range of top Adelaide bands, in 2008 I put together a project to record my first, essentially a solo album, titled Intraspection. This album was a mix of intrumental as well as vocal fronted tracks. I followed this with the purely intrumental album, Universal Mind in 2011. I went on to recruit a bevy of talented local musicians and recorded a tribute album to Ronnie James Dio. During this tme I was also writing and conceptulizing what would become our latest album, Flowers and Lies.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences
PK: I hear and am told there is some Bowie in the latest tracks, Ritchie Blackmore would be an influence, but I would say that everything is an influence, be it good or bad. The bad can be what not to do or to avoid, but the good can come from anywhere – pieces of music I will hear going about the business of the day, movie soundtracks and the like. Non musical? We like the aesthetics of Frank Miller’s Sin City or the celebral works of Alan Moore…a lot I can incorporate into the lyrics or will influence our image of the band.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PK: When I put this line-up together the idea was to record first and get us into good shape with an album behind us and to be able to arrive fully formed with everything in place, and then the dreaded virus struck and floored us all, metaphorically speaking. So the dream would be to be in a situation to play live and present the music with the show we have in our heads. A big goal would be to tour internationally as it’s the only thing I haven’t really done.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PK: I have written all the material for the Machines projects and it’s why it says Kaiser on the banner. I draw on such a broad range or subject matter, lyrically. A lot of personal reflections on relaionships, some commentary or twisted takes on world events and how they affect the machinations of what we call this life.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PK: At the moment it’s 100% social media interactions and getting as much airplay as we can and trying to promote the band that way. We keep pushing our name via every possible avenue, I guess, in the hope that if and when we come out the other side of whats going on at the moment with the COVID effect and everything that we have built a profile.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PK: Do you mean illegal downloading? Well, it’s certainly shown Lars was right! It’s killed what used be known as the music industry and there is no recovering, or at least I certainly don’t see a way. I am not talking about becoming rich and famous at all, but just the days where you had a slight hope that a record company may take a chance on a band and you would be able to have the album/ tour cycle helped along by them. I do think that streaming music has replaced illegal downloading now, in such that I don’t know anyone that downloads, so the next step is getting those services to compensate the musicians adequately.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PK: Fun question but too tough and not enough time to ponder! I would just prefer to appreciate the original artists and what made the songs great in the first place.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PK: We have a saying here in Australia – ‘She’ll be right, mate’ which is essentially a throw away phase for say, don’t worry about it, it will be alright on the night. I prefer to make sure every box is checked and each aspect of the music or the performance is the best it can possibly be rather than just have myself or the band just turn up and phone it in or fly by the seat of our pants. So I don’t have much time for that attitude.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PK: A few years back I was invited to play a guitar solo at the intermission of one of those large travelling motorcylce stunt shows – like Crusty Demons or the like, I don’t remember the actualities, but it was at the largest arena we have here in Adelaide, 10,000 people plus and all eyes on me, ha. That was a very proud moment and the pay off for working very hard to be in that position and have that invitation. Thinking about it now, I don’t think I ever saw the money for that show 🙂 but the memories will last a lifetime.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PK: We are flat out promoting the album, everywhere that we can, but also getting together ideas for the next direction that we will head in. We also think that the songs on the album have a very cinematic or visual aspect so it would be great to be able to do some more videos.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
PK: The album, Flowers and Lies can be bought from Bandcamp in either digital download format or we have pressed a limited edition CD to be able to present the music, as we intended, in some kind of physical form, some to clutch onto while you listen rather than the intangibility of streaming or the mp3. We have put a lot of hard work into the album and would love people to have a listen – we think there is something there for everyone!
You can find it here: https://www.kmc3.net/shop which would give a chance to check out our website as well!
Thank you for this opportunity Pete! It’s people and the passions of those like you that are the true saviours of rock. It’s very much appreciated.
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