Interview with Javi, Misty Grey’s drummer Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
J: I’m an artist who tries to make the music that I like, from great freedom, no-strings-attached.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
J: I started playing drums at 15, learning from several teachers and starting bands with friends without any goal. And step by step I’ve ended playing in a whole lot of projects.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
J: Musically speaking, my most important influence is Black Sabbath for sure, I guess this is something in common with all bands of metal and rock. As time passes by learning drums, I’ve had so much influences from funk and jazz.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
J: In music, I’ve always had humble goals: playing live, playing along with international bands, releasing an album, and everything was successful. For Misty Grey, our next goal would be logically to play abroad
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
J: The songs are written by Juan (guitar) and Robin (bass), I’m the one who works all about drums and percussion and Juan usually writes the lyrics, mainly about old times Film noir (40’s & 50’s).
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
J: Through internet mainly and also social networks, although Misty Grey have got kind of promotion from word of mouth.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
J: It’s a difficult issue and I think there is no control at this stages. On one hand, it’s useful to promote underground bands like us, but on the other hand I think it has had a key influence in music, which as an art is getting underrated.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
J: 2112 by Rush, it’s perfect on all levels, both musically and lirycally.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
J: On musical level, I get bothered about people who doesn’t listen to music at the level it deserves, people who overlook some details from the bands that are so important because they did a hard work about it and most of the people doesn’t take it on account. Nevertheless, many people pay attention to other aspects that can be secondary for me (front covers, formats, pictures, musician image, etc)
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
J: We Misty Grey have supported legendary bands that we all admire, such as Pagan Altar or Reino Ermitaño, among others.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
J: We’ve got a bunch of brand new tracks coming up very soon, in order to record them and release them hopefully on EP format. This Covid-19 crises is delaying everything but we keep on composing new music.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
J: It’s impossible to know when we will able to play gigs again with all guaranties, at least in Spain. We’re looking forward to showing some new songs that we’re preparing but unfortunately everything is getting longer more than expected.