Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
all photography by Benjamin Ian Powell
PD: What type of artist are you?
LYC: I am an audio artist working independently with field recordings, a laptop, guitar and a pair of headphones, sometimes on a ship, sometimes in the back of a van, always trying to create space and an atmosphere.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LYC: I grew up listening to metal, I’ve been making electronic music since 1997 inspired by early Warp Records output, my main instrument is a guitar, though I strive to disguise it as far as possible, I like to make soundtracks to films that haven’t been made.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LYC: Justin K Broadrick, David Lynch, Biosphere, Andrei Tarkovsky, Loscil.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LYC: I’d like to do a soundtrack one day, and to play a gig in a large open space like a quarry.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LYC: I don’t write songs, I start with the field recordings which are mostly wind / white noise, I then start carving, sculpting the curves, then add colour and texture with guitar and software synths, it takes a long time, some of the tracks on the new album have been on the go for 3 years, eventually I’ll draw a line under a mix but it is never really finished, i’m always revising.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LYC: I promote things badly. I rarely play live, but when I do I like to have visuals, there is nothing more boring than watching some bloke play one note for 2 minutes, but if that note has an image to accompany it…..
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LYC: I still buy CD’s and vinyl to support the artists and indie labels, but I listen to music digitally 100% of the time, simply for convenience, Bandcamp has changed everything.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LYC: Music for 18 Musicians feels like an ever evolving, mutating piece, it is perfect.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LYC: “i’ve got your back”
“you smashed it”
television in general
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LYC: I had a track played on the BBC Radio 3 show “The Late Junction” once, the posh lady said my name in full.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
LYC: I have a Llyn Y Cwn album based on megaliths on the go, I’ve also just finished a new “up tempo” album under the name Deliquescent Crystals.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
LYC: it is all on bandcamp, via cold spring