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LAZER BEAM – Interview


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?

LB: Antisocial, although still adventurous and curious musically!

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

LB: I’m from Jerome, Arizona and I was inspired to make music through relief and comfort. My dad played bass in a band when I was a kid and I didn’t understand it until I was a little older. When I was 15 or 16 I started writing recording my own music in my room and really started to understand how fun it was and what a great escape it is. I have a condition called misophonia. It’s debilitating in my daily life, but music is an excellent distraction and cure for me!

 

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?

LB: My dad is my biggest influence, he would always be playing classic rock or outlaw country every day after school. All of that music is just permanently engrained on me at this point. So I have classic rock influence and a lot of underground rock he exposed me to as well, the first and biggest influence being Kyuss. I really like Qotsa and Masters of Reality too. I tend to write about companionship and romance. I think I just lack close real life friends and that’s why I write about it. I’ve been trying to branch out topic wise. 

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

LB: I’d like to collaborate with other artists, possibly play in someone else’s band too. That’s a big aspiration for me, I want to be a small part of something really cool.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

LB: The artist Patrón was kind enough to do lead vocals on one of the new tracks called Derelict. It’s a cool song, it’s just about running away to solve your problems. The first time I heard the mix with his vocals I teared up. It meant a lot to me coming from such a big influence!

 

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?

LB: In my opinion the bedroom rock era has a lot of goods and bads. It’s great because everyone has a way to share music with their fans, friends, and family for the low low price of 20$ a year. What makes it difficult is the SHEER amount of music being uploaded daily. So it’s very difficult to poke through, although I’ve been fortunate enough to have great support from my friends and family.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

LB: No shows currently booked since we are enjoying our time during the holidays with our families. Of course there will be shows this year however.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

LB: When it comes to streaming services, I’m all for it. Listen for free, listen for 9.99$ a month with no ads, listen to whatever you want whenever you want it. I can’t live without it. To the people who complain about royalties, maybe don’t expect to get a living wage from streaming royalties. You have to be smarter then that. The Spotify royalties are just the cherry on top. If you’re pulling tens of thousands of streams on average on your songs it’s basically paying your studio and record production costs. If you want money from music you’ve got to grind live shows, and sell merchandise. You have to build and sell your brand. Then you might make a living wage. If I can fund my band by myself with a normal job, then a 5 piece band can too!

 

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

LB: Petty thug by millionaire, it’s a super unique guitar riff with vocals that remind me of the band tones on tail. It’s really dark and sexy and I love it.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

LB: I wouldn’t change anything. I like how rock isn’t cool anymore, I like being underground, I like being that guy.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

LB: I’ve got a new project I’ve been calling Gunsmoke. Imagine the music playing after a duel. Nothing but silence, and the lingering dust cloud from the commotion. 

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

LB: You can visit the Lazer Beam Bandcamp page at:

https://lazerbeam.bandcamp.com/album/lazer-beam

If you’d like to place an order for music or a shirt, you can always message the band page and I’ll reply as fast as I can!

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