Obscure Form – Interview

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

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

OF:  I consider myself to be very dedicated, persistent and self reliant. I’ve spent years building up my home studio so I can write and record myself at my leisure in the comfort of my own home. So my projects will go as far as I take them.


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

OF:  I’m from Rochester, New York. I have a very long music background. I Started playing guitar when I was 7 years old, drums when I was 13, bass I’m not quite sure, probably around high school. Then I started learning audio recording when I was 23. Been in and out of a bunch of different bands over the past 12 years, played different instruments in all of them. And now I’m doing Obscure Form.


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?

OF:  I think it’s a mental thing where I just feel the need to write something almost every time I pick up the guitar. I’ve been writing for years now, So I think it would feel weird if I just play guitar without the intention of writing something. There’s nothing in particular that I write about because there’s no vocals, But I put a lot of soul and feeling into my writing. If I write something that gives me goosebumps, then I know I hit the nail on the head.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

OF:  I just want people to hear what I put a lot of hard work into. I don’t care about making money off any of this, (even though that would be nice) I just want to have a decent following and know my hard work paid off.


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

OF:  The first album I wrote and recorded. Crushing Force – Remnants of Devastation. Even though it didn’t particularly do well, or the production on it wasn’t that good, it was my first album I did by myself. And that will live on with me forever.


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?

OF:  Well it’s still too early to tell right now. I’m only getting started. But I’ve gotten some exposure here and there, but there’s still plenty of time to get noticed.


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

OF:  Well because I’m a one man band, I don’t think shows are going to happen any time soon. maybe one of these years, but right now none.


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

OF:  Honestly I think it’s like a double edge sword. These streaming sites make it easy to discover new bands because of the algorithm. Buying their music is easier too, especially for bands that can’t play live, like me. Then again it also makes it harder for bands to make a living of it because pirating is so common these days. Before the internet took over the world, it was easier for bands to make a living because people had to go to their shows to buy their merch or go to record stores and what not. Now everything is digital and that’s not always a good thing.


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

OF:  Oh that’s easy, Master of Puppets. I would be a million air right now (laughs)


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

OF:  Yeah, the internet. Kind of what I mentioned in one of the previous questions. Take away the internet and bands will be able to start to make a living off of it again.


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

OF:  Right now I am working on the second Obscure Form album. It should be done in the summer of 2023


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

OF:  people can follow me on…
FaceBook –
YouTube –
Spotify –
Buy my EP on…
Band Camp –
I currently don’t have any other merch right now. But hopefully in the near future I will

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