Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Mercy: We are a rock band
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
Mercy: I started writing my solo material in 2010. It seemed natural to form a band to perform the
songs live as the nature of the material leant itself specifically to a rock band format. I had
previously worked with Holly and knew her to be a fantastic drummer with a lot of experience.
Sunil and Annie joined later having been recommended by other musicians in our circle. We’ve
played London gigs including Proud, 100 Club and 229. We’re about to release our debut album
Forever on most streaming platforms.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Mercy: I’ve always enjoyed hearing well-produced, catchy pop songs. Think Madonna, Lady Gaga and Janelle Monae. These artists and many more demonstrate incredible energy and commitment. I also enjoy a large dose of heavy and experimental rock music spanning the past 6 decades. Anything from The Beatles to Meshuggah. As for non-musical influences, I take a lot of storytelling and aesthetic cues from pop-culture movies and television. Especially Jurassic Park and Labyrinth.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Mercy: I want to continue to be inspired to write songs that connect with people on an emotional
level. I am very fortunate to be able to work on my art whilst also recording and mixing for other
artists and bands at my facility (SOL Studio). I just hope to continue to make music that I love,
both for myself and for others. I would also like to get back on the gigging scene (post COVID)
playing venues and festivals.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Mercy: So far I have penned all the material. The album is a collection of songs about aspiring to
be more than we are. I’ve written about the frustrations, anxieties and achievements that have
encompassed my life for the past few years.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Mercy: We use social media to promote our shows and releases.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Mercy: The modern music industry has become ever more reliant on online consumption over the
past decade or two. This has given artists an unprecedented ability to reach an audience and
connect with a fan base. However, it has also led to a saturation of the market place which makes
it difficult to stand out from the crowd. Artists are torn between reaching for a niche sound and
attracting a dedicated but small fan base or pursuing a wider general appeal possibly at the
expense of artistic integrity. I hope that with Forever I have created something that many fans will
enjoy and join us for the ride.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Mercy: I am proud to present my own material. I only hope to write more songs as I gain more
experience and confidence.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Mercy: When a guitar pick ends up inside a guitar. Or just completely disappears altogether! Wtf!?
Also when random people ask for requests because I happen to have a guitar on me. Seriously,
just come to a show.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Mercy: Performing the first song that my husband and I wrote together at our wedding. I know
that’s cheese balls but it was pretty great. We didn’t have a first dance, we had a first song.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Mercy: The band and I are planning to write and record a follow-up release and resume a
hopefully busy schedule of live shows. I am also working on a side project with my husband to
showcase our production chops and promote SOL Studio. We also have some exciting client
projects on the go.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Mercy: You can currently watch our music video for our track Damage on YouTube. Our album
“Forever” is available for pre-order from streaming sites including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. The
album is released 1st February 2021.