Nuclear Winter – Interview

Nuclear Winter – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

NW: I think the easiest description is just a metal musician.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

NW: I started learning the electric guitar when I was 13, and at that time I was into bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Nirvana etc I played in a few bands here and there but none of them were too serious or really went anywhere. After I left college I took up 3D Design/Animation as my career but music was always my main hobby/passion.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

NW: Musically right now I think Wintersun is my biggest influence. Devin Townsend has also been an all-time favourite – especially the SYL stuff. I’m not too sure about non-musical influences though – that comes from a lot of places I think – Friends, Family etc


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

NW: Ultimately, I just want to be content and having things in order. My life is a bit chaotic at the moment so to think past the current things that need sorting out is a bit difficult. Once things have settled, I’ll be able to think about what I ideally hope for in the future.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

NW: For Night Shift a couple of the songs were written from ideas from the 2 guest vocalists (Chris & Matt from Dividing the Element) but I ended up doing the rest – but I’m really not good at writing lyrics so I generally read random ‘dark’ poems online to get inspiration/ideas from.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

NW: I’ve never done much to promote my music apart from posting it on Facebook/Twitter. Self-promotion is another thing I seem to struggle with.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

NW: Well I’m guilty of it but I think it can help lesser known bands reach a wider audience. I have no problems if anyone wants to download my music for free.


PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

NW: I’ve not had any experience with it, nor do I really understand much about it so I don’t think I can comment on it really.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

NW: Smells like teen spirit – Amazingly simple but effective song with a unique sound.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

NW: People sneezing without covering their mouth, inconsiderate smokers, bad drivers, messages that just say Hi.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

NW: I can’t really single out anything. I think in terms of what I’ve recorded at least, this album Night Shift sits at the top for me at the moment because I think it’s a step up from the previous stuff I’ve done.


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there

NW: I unfortunately don’t have any shows lined up. Seeing I do all of the music in a home studio in my spare time means for a show I’d need to find other members to play the drums/bass/additional vocals etc, and with a day job I just don’t have the time or resources to do a live performance at the moment.

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