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?
N: I would describe myself as an extreme metal artist, not just primarily black metal, because I play also death metal, so it’s better to say extreme metal musician. I always considered myself a musician no matter the job I was working at the moment so I can pay my bills.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
N: I come from a small town in Croatia, with a population approximately about 6-70000 people. There aren’t many job choices so you either end up in police or in the military. I ended up in the army for 5 years and after it I decided I would invest more time in the thing I love the most and that’s music. While I was in the army I played with local bands but it was never my cup of tee. After I got all the equipment I needed and learned how to record everything myself I did it in the end, and that’s how everything started basically. Short story, there was a lot more to it and shit in between so yeah, that’s it for now regarding that subject.
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?
N: Life inspires me to make music and everything about it. And also death, because you can’t have one without the other. But I’m not here to preach about the meaning of it, everyone has their own mind and the way they approach life so it’s not on me to tell them what to do or to think. Everyone should learn what is best for them on their own. In musical terms, really a lot of it, from classical music to metal music, of course black and death metal are genres that I listen the most. When I write the lyrics it’s mostly about what I experienced or someone else. Something that I have read about or heard from someone else life story..
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
N: To play music, to compose, that’s something that I love to do every single day of my life, I really enjoy it. If I manage to live from it one day, that would be the greatest thing that can happen to any musician, but if not, I’m still going to do it.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
N: Proudest moment for me is that I’m able to play music and I hope I will do it for a long time
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?
N: I mean I’m one of those artist that emerged from bedroom so to say, and for me that’s a good thing that people are able to record for really small amount of money by themselves. There are a lot more shitty bands also but I don’t mind, let people do what they want . Before that was impossible, a lot of musicians don’t have that kind of money. Especially when you consider a solo artist like me, I have to do everything myself and I have to pay everything myself from my own pocket. It’s not like when you’re a band and you can split a bill between the people in the band, for me and other solo artists is much more expensive in the end.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
N: There are no live performances yet, but there are plans for all the bands I’m working with.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
N: I think that’s great I don’t mind. People can get to your music much easier than ever before, so I fully support that kind of digital streaming services. If they like it they will buy your physical merch and come to the shows, at least that’s how metal community works.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
N: I mean I wouldn’t call it a song but I would like that I have composed Vltava( The Moldau ) by Bedřich Smetana because it’s the most majestic piece of music ever written, for me at least.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
N: I mean a lot of it, but to change that all people need to think exactly like I do, so that’s a bit selfish. So no, things are the way they are because our state of mind is at that level at the moment. Maybe things change maybe not, I don’t know.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
N: I’m working on all the bands I’m part of. There will be soon some news regarding Exer and Necrolepsy which I don’t wanna spoil. And there’s also one super secret project I’m part of and several other musicians.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
N: You can buy or listen all my music through all the digital streaming platforms. Physical merch is still not available at the moment, nothing to offer yet, but that will change with time. There are some arrangements considering that.
Thank you for this opportunity, cheers and take care