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?
M: We, at a guess, call ourselves an alternative metal band. We like to explore soundscapes and emotive feelings in our music, be it sadness, anger, grievance.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
M: The band is predominantly based in the south west of England, the formation however was seeded in Las Vegas via a mutual friend of Jon, whom Chris met during his visit there, subsequently then went onto to introduce us both.
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?
M: It’s different for everyone involved, but that is what makes creating music so interesting, there is a wide variety of influence from Metal, Alternative Pop, Orchestral and Electronic writings for example, “Hans Zimmer” creating soundscapes and treating he song writing process with an orchestration mindset, The lyrical content touches on personal but relatable themes on the human condition.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
M: To be able to create and perform the music that we love and share that with like minded people, we have increasingly found ourselves diving into visual alongside sound, we aspire to be able to tell more through multiple mediums.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
M: Honestly, the reception we had from dropping our debut song out of the blue with no support other than its “Dreambound” Youtube listing and the rapid support we gained since and all the opportunity that created for us for one, gaining big media publications in TV and Radio is pretty mind blowing for us.
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?
M: We started the same way, modest set ups and writing what we feel. We have been fortunate enough to gather support by releasing online and I feel that right now the industry is fixed on digital promotion.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
M: We haven’t. We have now joined a global tour agency and shows will begin to emerge early next year 2022.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
M: It has been inevitable this would be the way to consume music and for the most part, what ever people may feel towards streaming platforms and their royalty share methods, It so far has been the most successful way to combat piracy by offering high quality in the most convenient way.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
M: This will be different for everyone in the band again but for me ( Chris ) “Cherry Waves – Deftones”
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
M: Not so much the industry but i feel gatekeeping music fans ruin the culture for everybody.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
M: Plenty of new music but its a long way off release, currently we are finishing up this release cycle with the final videos being completed.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
M: Best place to find everything is memorist.co.uk and to interact with us our Instagram account memorist_uk.