North Cape Lights – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

NCL: North Cape Lights is a two-sided medal: on one side there is introspective research. On the other side, a self deprecating cue, not to take ourselves too seriously.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

NCL: I’ve been writing songs for more than 10 years. I’m Italian but I wanted to play in the UK scene, which is where my music took inspiration, so I formed a band there and now we ve played many gigs across London since 2016, playing many important venues like the iconic Dublin Castle in Camden and many more.


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?

NCL: Well, our name comes from an experience I had travelling across Northern Europe, where I took the inspiration for many tunes. Some songs are soaked by this experience too, but some of these songs were also written before that trip. The journey has done nothing but strengthen an idea and a state of mind that, probably, were already in my head. It has to do with introspection and inner research. I have always felt that the cold and somehow gloomy places would help these activities. And perhaps these were the reasons why we were attracted to them and that strongly inspired me in those years. As for bands, the ones that really had an imprint on my music are Placebo, The Cure, Interpol mainly.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

NCL: Spread my music and find people who can relate to it. Of course, being economically independent as a musician would be a good first step 🙂


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

NCL: My first gig in London: it was 2016 at The Spice of Life in Soho. We had never played abroad and I was scared as I didn’t know how people would have reacted to my music and my Engllish. But it turned out good, and it was a goal I had for a long time. It still feels great to remember it.


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?

NCL: I feel it can be both challenging and easier than it used to be: now we have many tools on the internet to know people and be heard. Of course the music web marketing it’s still a mess, in my opinion. It’s not like selling on an e-commerce where it’s been proven to work. In music and art in general the web still has to reveal its potential I think.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

NCL: I promote it on my socials and with a bit online advertising as well. No perfomance planned at the moment, I played a couple of weeks ago in St. Albarns, but hopefully soon.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

NCL: They can be good but as I said I feel the internet hasn’t been too much of an help for musicians yet: I mean, as long as it is very easy to show your music in front of people, still are missing some marketing strategies and real chances to grow and monetize with your music. I think they will be found though.


PD: What song do you wish you had written and why?

NCL: Leif Erikson by Interpol. I just love it


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

NCL: I’m not an expert in the music industry (unfortunately). But if you hear about many bands’ history it’s not uncommon that they were refused by so many labels before they become huge. This is a sign that something needs to be fixed. I believe the web will sove it somehow. Don’t know when and how though.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

NCL: Promotion mainly and a few more songs which I’m recording. And of course gigs as soon as possible!


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

NCL: Sure:

Thank you so much 🙏

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