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?
LS: As an artist, I’ve so many influences i can’t count, from the sublime to the ridiculous, the band though is easier to describe, Rock n Roll, nothing overly complicated,4/4 beat, and (hopefully) melodies that make people wanna dance, or at least stick around for the next song!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
LS: From Huddersfield, always into music, from very early on, didn’t really think about making music until i got into my teens, got an acoustic guitar for xmas, but couldn’t get good enough quick enough, so lost interest, until i saw the video for Motley Crue’s “Wildside” one day, that was it, i had to have a bass….i bought my first bass the day after. I’d been into Rock for years beforehand, but that was the “eureka” moment
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?
LS: All songwriters feel the same i guess, we have to do it, it’s in us, to write what we are, think etc, then you have to find the ways and means to express it. I love words, always have, some of my favourite songs hooked me because of the lyrics. Sometimes it’s just a wail, or hook into a chorus, The Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Springsteen, AC/DC, all masters at it. As for music, that’s easier, i love the attitude of punk, the “fuck you” aspect to it, the energy, probably more than the music if im honest for most of it. I never sit and think “I’m going to write a ballad, or an up-tempo song, whatever comes out, comes out, if its guitar led then itll get shown to the boys in the band, if its country, industrial, ballad, orchestral, then I keep those back, hopefully one day ill get a real voice on them instead of mine ha.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
LS: Simple aspirations really, its been the same since i played my first gig years ago,to get the people dancing, moving, singing along by the 2nd chorus, entertainment, rock n roll escapism we achieve that whilst we are playing its all good
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
LS: Many proud moments, first time playing in America, first time hearing one of my songs on radio are up there, i think the main moment though was getting a salute from Tracii and London from the side of the stage as we opened for Brides Of Destruction,to see one of the reasons why i got myself into a band salute us was an amazing feeling.
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?
LS: I can’t really complain about the home studio setups, i have one myself, its where i write for the band, and my other stuff, the digital age is a godsend, and curse depending on what day it is Haha. I do miss the old days of going round pubs with flyers in the weeks before a gig, in person selling the band, likewise being introduced to new bands that way also i find it all very saturated nowadays, so much music, so many places to find it, and a lot of the time if I’m honest the music i find doesn’t match the amount of followers generated, I get lost, its my age no doubt!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
LS: That part has gotten harder, the countless emails, then the How many followers do you have” how many on your Facebook etc.. I try and delegate that to the boys in the band, or management
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
LS: I really don’t like it at all, im going to sound like an out of touch relic here i know, but, the quality of the music is downgraded by streaming, its compressed the life out of it, soulless, once the peer to peer thing kicked off it was the death knell for a lot of labels/bands, even i could see back then if i can get an album for free, then surely that means there’s less going back to the label, and out to the bands. I never stream music, or file share/copy music, if i like it, i pay for it.
The fact spotify’s owner is a multi-millionaire, and the money made for him has come from talented artists, who are getting paid pennies for thousands of streams is disgusting, something needs to change, whether it will or not…???
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LS: Desperado by The Eagles, the greatest song ever written, the music, melody, lyrics, the imagery it paints as you listen, and Don Henley’s voice, just perfection…Stops me in my tracks every time i hear it
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
LS: There needs to be a way for the labels to make money enough to nurture new bands/talent again, so many have slipped through the cracks. How many next Beatles, Stones, AC/DC, Aerosmith have gotten fed up of no interest, or increasing lack of venues to play and called it a day, having never got out of the Garage, or rehearsal room.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
LS: Before Covid struck we were booked to record the new EP, hopefully that’ll get done before any of us get too old to remember the chords (Me)!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
LS: Can find us on facebook, Insta, Twitter etc. Always links to our exploits on YouTube.
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