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?
LD: We are a symphonic opera rock band, but unlike many others, we play real opera arias and classical music, but turn them into rock songs.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
LD: Lieder Distortion originated at a music conservatory for classical music, opera and drama. Together with a motley crew of classical musicians, metalheads and a former child star, I formed Lieder Distortion. We all carried a love for classical music, so we began to interpret that repertoire in our own way, the way we would like to hear it.
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?
LD: We play old classical music by classical composers, but we have made an instrumental piece as well which will be on the album. Next album we will have significantly more female composers, it bothers me that we don’t have that on this album. We are inspired by the inexplicable
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
LD: To contribute to the collective with something different that makes the whole bigger
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
LD: As classical musicians there are many moments but at the same time it is something else to have launched this project
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?
LD: We’ve only just started with the first single, but we’re amazed at all the good response we’ve received already. This is a rather narrow and niche project. We never thought that hundreds of thousands of people would appreciate this, but a few thousand interested people and that’s who we’re going to reach.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
LD: We use to have the musical salons like Schubert had. A social circle in support of art. Artist, poets, musicians and audience participates in these. After the album release we maybe will do more usual liveshows, but we really like the concept of people meeting for the love of art like in the salons.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
LD: It is at it is, but in all the noise, we think it’s good that a song is recorded by several people in many different ways so that the song has a life of its own and can spread organically
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LD: I didn’t think of it, whoever wrote it wrote it
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
LD: Yes, that the variation could become more present
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
LD: We are working on this release and soon the next single coming in March. We are building up our Facebook page. We have chosen to concentrate on only one social platform now at the beginning
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Spotify,Apple music and all that.
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