Kristian Parsons Interview

Kristian Parsons Interview

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

PD. What type of artist are you?

KP. I am a musician; I play guitar bass and drums and also sing. I have also been known to do some acting now and again….



PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.

KP. I began writing songs in my early twenties before forming a band under various guises and playing gigs in and around Manchester and the UK. I released my first solo EP There is Always Hope in 2016 and my latest single A Million Miles is out now.



PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

KP. The band that really inspired me to pick up the guitar and write original songs was Oasis. They were from down the road and had come from nowhere. I thought ‘if they can do it, then maybe I’ll have a go?’ Anyway they made it look easy but I soon found out it wasn’t!…  My other musical influences are The Smiths, Fleetwood Mac, anything with a great melody. Non-musical influences?  Anyone that has the bottle to stand up to the establishment.



PD. What are your dreams and goals?

KP. To do what makes me happy for a living.



PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?

KP. I write all my songs. When I look back on my lyrics there seems to be an ongoing theme of inner strength against adversity, whether that’s about me or the people around me.



PD. How do you promote your band and shows?

KP. Social media is great for that now. I am currently also utilising local and online radio. It’s one thing releasing your music. Promoting it and letting people know you exist is a completely different ball game and artists have to figure this out for themselves as they go along. It’s not easy as there are so many artists out there all trying to get the same promotion and attention. I’m still learning!



PD. What do you think about downloading music online?

KP. The game has changed a lot over the last few years. I think to get an artist’s name and music out there and to get established downloading is great, I think that changes when an artist becomes more established and demands an income. Then there’s a risk an artist can be giving away music for free or at a reduced rate. I suppose we can only judge the effect this has on the music industry by the quality of artists that come through, some say it’s been declining for a number or years….



PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?

KP. A new band called Shyer have a track called Compliments which I heard the other day and it blew me away. I remember thinking I’d love to come out of the studio with a track that sounds as good as that. I am currently a bit limited by time and budget with my recordings although I’m hoping that will change soon!



PD. What are some of your pet peeves?

KP. People that talk over me and don’t listen.



PD. What is your proudest moment in music?

KP. So far I would say officially releasing my solo work and hearing my music on the radio.



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

KP. My EP from 2016 is currently being remixed and remastered for a re-release, hopefully by August 2018. Then I will be going back into the studio to record a new single which will be the best thing I have done yet, I can’t wait.

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