Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
L: I write happy sad songs with a lot of guitars.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
L: I’ve played in bands my whole life, used to play dodgy gig’s at pubs when I was sixteen and been hooked on gigging ever since. Used to play with Cosmo Calling a Manchester based Indie band and now play with Sour Honey and this project, of course.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
L: Musical influences would have to be: Nick Cave/The National and Fiona Apple (right now that is)
Non musical influences would be Thomas Soucek, makes me want to eat potato Salad and get fit. Samwise Gamgee, because if you don’t love Lord of the Rings you’re wrong… and probably Hideo Kojima, because I’ve played Death Stranding whilst feeling uninspired and kicked off a big writing phase for me because it is so crazy and original… but mainly crazy.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
L: Always wanted to play Glastonbury, don’t care if it’s in the carpark. I think I’ve just given myself a good idea for next year.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
L: When I write the tunes they always come from the perspective that I’m trying to make sense of something that I find confusing, as a means of simplifying life.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
L: Good question, I haven’t gigged as a solo entity yet, so I’ll let you know when you come to the first show… See what I did there.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
L: It’s a total means to an end, it would unfortunately be pretty impossible to cease it now and it has been something that I’ve grown up with and am also grateful for the amount of music I have access too. But it obviously isn’t perfect and artists aren’t seeing their investments returned from listenership.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
L: Pink Rabbits by the National, because it’s a bit of me. I find it utterly relatable and moving.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
L: The phrase ‘it is what it is’. What is the point of this phrase? I was arguing with my flat mate that it is just a Love Island phrase that’s morphed and people are using it more and more. Then I went and watched Heat and realised that De Niro says it in the film. It turns out I lost the argument, but I still hate that phrase.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
L: Having my mum message saying “dad likes this one for once”.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
L: A debut EP, it’s got 4 unheard tracks on it and it’s going to be killer. My awesome producer Tom Chapman is mixing the last one as I type this interview.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
L: My debut tune Poems and Riddles is out now EVERYWHERE, so if you enjoy it, or my ramblings then please check it out!!!