Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
N: We are a Modern Rock band in genre — which basically translates to a couple of washed up emo kids with an itch to write about our ex-girlfriends. (I’m looking at YOU, I, Prevail)
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
N: Well, we started out as me, (Alex) as a solo artist. After trying to mix just about every genre in existence together with minimal success — seriously, check out Taken For Granted on spotify, it’s got like 5-8 genres mixed in — I wanted to hone in on my roots and find a more defined, focused sound. I teamed up with Nathaniel Churchwell and producer, Zack Keel (www.theflwrshp.com) to create, She Said.
Nate and I then recruited Kevin Smith (guitar), left for our first out of state weekender two months later and started our journey. Phil Collins (Bass) joined on in October of 2020 and made our little family complete. We released hit after hit in 2020, then signed on with Blind Anxiety Entertainment (www.blindanxietyentertainment.com) for our booking and began hitting the road a few weeks into 2021.
With a 6th rock release hitting the books in March, we are onto to a strong 2021!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
N: Our musical interest as a band are kind of all over the place. Kevin is into Incubus, Alice in Chains, The Eagles and other classics, Phil actually fell in love with music at an early age through video game soundtracks, Nate is super into Sevendust, Ice Nine Kills, Starset among others, and Alex probably has the wider influence ranging from Logic to growing up listening to Underoath and The Devil Wears Prada.
Outside of the world of music, we’re pretty much all into Star Wars — we even went to Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge as a band less than a month ago! Nate is super into horror films and even has his own Halloween Themed clothing brand! You can see his work at www.kpt228.com
Additionally, we are very passionate about speaking up for those whose voices need support. This is very apparent with our release of She Said, championing women’s rights and speaking out about the horrendous act of sexual assault — and Perception — our response to the tragic events of the summer of 2020 and the unfortunate loss of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless others.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
N: Ultimately, of course, we want to make music for as long as we possibly can — hopefully forever! We want to play festivals and national tours and the bottom line is we want to leave a positive impact on as many hearts and lives as we can.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
N: All of the songs written in 2020 were primarily from the mind of our lead singer, Alex Carr, and the range in topics from loss of love and betrayal, to human rights and understanding one another. In 2021, we are beginning to co-write as a band. We’ll be heading back into the studio next month with Kevin working on a song and the majority of our songs moving forward will be Kevin and Alex working together.
As for our March 12th release, well, it has a very specific meaning to Alex, but every person who has heard it so far has interpreted it differently. With that in mind, we’ll leave it open to interpretation for the immediate future.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
N: We primarily promote our brand through social media. However, we have been very lucky to work with some amazing individuals and companies in the last year such as Scene Daddy, Ghost Killer Entertainment, Blind Anxiety Entertainment, Vibers Entertainment, From the Depths Entertainment, The Sound, Boston Rock Radio, Not The Girl Next Door Radio, 97.9 CPR Rocks FM, and more recently, Rogue PR. For our shows, Blind Anxiety Entertainment books them and we work with local promoters and bands to help catch people’s attention.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
N: At the point we’re at, I don’t care if you download it, stream it, buy it, or just hear it in a car radio next to yours at a stoplight. I’m grateful for the listen. Unfortunately for artists, streaming music has severely lessened the demand for owning music. And that is what it is, so however you listen to us, we’re thankful.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
N: (Alex) I’ve personally written well over 100 songs. Most of em suck. All of them have every bit of heart I could muster into them. I don’t think there is a song that I wished I’ve written, aside from the next one that I get the pleasure of writing.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
N: Pet Peeves. Honestly, I think the biggest Pet Peeve we have is unprofessionalism. Shows go wrong. Things happen. But at the end of the day, everyone in the music business is in business. We enjoy working with people who understand that, and handle it accordingly.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
N: (Alex) About a year ago, I was made aware of a young lady who was struggling with suicidal tendencies and generally just giving up on life. So, I went into my storage and grabbed a handful of CD’s that I listened to in my teenage years and that helped me. I wrapped em up in a box and mailed them out with a letter saying, “hey, someone cares.” To this day, they are one of our biggest supporters and fans.
That’s my proudest moment in music. I don’t care about how many people came to a show, or how many streams we got on a song. I care that I was able to relate to someone through music, and they are still alive today, because I took a few moments to share music with them.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
N: Currently, we are on tour with Blind Anxiety Entertainment. We have regional shows every month until May. We are also about to release a new single, and heading back to the studio. A new music video may be in the works as well.
NVision is always working on something. That’s just what we do.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
N: Our music is available practically wherever it can be found online. www.nvision228.com is our website and has links to just about everything, including our spotify and Youtube on the front page. Pick up a shirt while you’re there! We’ll throw in a handwritten thank you note and mail it out promptly!