Made of Eyes – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
MOE: We’re are a new Alternative/Pop band from the UK with our songs existing within a stylised sense of escapism having memorable melodies, dream-like chords and sampled sounds & drumbeats. We’re currently a 3 piece project with two lead singers/guitarists: Jason Stewart and J.R Campbell—accompanied by Liam Browne (bassist/synth).
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MOE: It started to take its shape around April-time (last year) writing music together since then. At first—it was something that we would do for fun but then just developed naturally into something more. JR and Jason (Lead Singers/Guitarists) started the project out and then during this period met Liam (Bassist/Synth). Taking a year out to brand the project, and really focus on doing something original, we brought an amazing new dynamic in terms of the electronic aspect.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MOE: I think it really does have such a wide range. In some cases—it’s easy to say our obvious ones would be from the 2000s pop rock era, but there are definitely bits of inspiration from sounds—being so unusual (in connection with our band), inspiring the smallest of decisions in our music. For example… there is a song (to be released after ‘Honesty’) that just would not have existed if it weren’t for The Weeknds ‘Trilogy’ album and Childish Gambinos ‘Because The Internet’ Album. Just having such a love for those, really set inspiring things in motion for that song. Not to mention more artists like that affect us as a whole, artists who change the direction of chart music: The 1975 and Billie Eilish to add to that list. Influencing a whole movement in the music industry that people will be following behind for the years to come.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
MOE: Really wanting to cover all the big cliches of course: big shows, support slots, festivals etc. The main goal though (without a doubt) is, do as much as we can with our music in the timeframe that we’ve set out and enjoy it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MOE: We all have a hand in the writing and interestingly it can sometimes range from things such as: pitching each other lyrics/melodies/recorded demo sessions, and we’ll all work off of what’s being pitched and each other when we can. Other times—it can be whole songs, already there (musically/lyrically) and conceptualised, and (because we all have an individual style of writing) we’ll come away with such a wide variety of songs which is really refreshing for us and changes things up from time-to-time.
We’ve got this consensus which is “If something can at least be said through music, it deserves to be speaking volumes for the one listening”. With the level of uncertainty and divisiveness out there—we want to raise awareness where we can, aiming to highlight issues that affect many people and ourselves. Having this sudden need to write about scenarios that can tell our own struggles as individuals and hoping it helps tell a story for people in their own lives.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
MOE: I think (for us) it’s all about our songs and pushing them out as far as we can. We currently have more songs than we know what to do with, releasing Honesty and also another single (that we can’t go too much into at the moment) is our main objective, we hope to get our first two music videos for these new tracks and have them out close to the releases. Sadly due to Covid-19, we don’t have shows planned, all we’re looking to encourage at the moment, is that people stay at home as best they can and we’ll have things lined up in no time when things are better.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
MOE: Personally, I think downloading music online is great, it means that people can access the music of unsigned bands/artists and making it much more accessible to everyone—giving artist a much bigger platform.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MOE: I have a handful but I think in any of the songs that I say here, I just wouldn’t do the imagery of that justice at all haha, there’s definitely more than a “black & white” composition to a hit song. I think that’s why there have been such incredible covers out there… and sometimes no so incredible ones—the artist comes with the song for sure (original or cover) and I think that you need to be good fit for what you’re looking to create.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
MOE: Wouldn’t say that we have too many, it’s a very subjective industry and I think that’s where maybe ours lie—more towards ourselves than anything else. Making things only to find yourself second-guessing it. Sometimes a thing like that can give you a sense of realism and snap you out of a bad song, but I think it is a bit of a torment at times for any band/artist/designer out there.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
MOE: Coming from separate bands originally and doing so much before-hand—we definitely have our own personal moments. As a group, I think that it would be having our singles released last year (and receiving the feedback from it all) was amazing, it just fuelled so much for the things we’re looking to do this year and the next.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
MOE: We are actually going back into the studio in a few months time to record two more tracks, with hopes of getting our first two music videos out the way as well—we’re looking to our current catalog of demos for a possible (Part 1 & 2) EP
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
MOE: You can find our music on all current music outlets: Spotify, Apple, Amazon music, Google Play Music. Also with some additional things to come through our Youtube channel and Soundcloud etc