Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
M: I’m a songwriter and I enjoy collaborating with musicians. MALEDICTIS is a gothic chamber metal project.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
M: I’ve been writing music in bands for the last 26 years, ranging from alternative rock, pop, punk, and metal. I took a few years off from music to write a few published books, but now i’m back!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
M: I don’t think I sound like these groups, but I love listening to Silverchair, Tristania, Devin Townsend, and JS Bach. Non-musically, I’ve been very influenced by mortality and nature’s impartial mercilessness.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
M: I’d love to have a sense of purpose. I like to imagine myself creating music that has value.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
M: I write the music and lyrics. They are usually somewhat depressing.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
M: We don’t play any shows, but I promote recordings with social media ads, crowdfunding campaigns, playlist promotions, and C-Squared Music PR.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
M: Formats have changed so much in my life. Digital downloads seem like the best way to get the best quality. CDs being either the same or a close second. I like to buy vinyl records from bands I support because I know they probably spent way too much money making vinyl records. But with shipping costs being what they are and the amount of plastic we’re dumping in the ocean, I think digital is probably the direction we should all consider.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
M: I wish I had what it takes to write something like “Agnus Dei” by Samuel Barber.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
M: Oh, wow… that would be a long list. I’ll keep it short and say that most of my pet peeves are qualities of rightwing-nutbaggery.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
M: Getting to work with Mariangela Demurtas. I’m a big Tristania fan.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
M: The new Maledictis single “Delicta (feat. Mariangela Demurtas)” comes out March 4th!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
M: Maledictis has a self-titled EP out, which is available for download and streaming on all the major digital music services. https://maledictis.hearnow.com
Band/Artist location – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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