One More Weekend – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
All questions answered by Connor Dougan of One More Weekend.
PD. What type of artist are you?
CD: We favour the Rock genre however we don’t technically tie ourselves to any one style. I don’t like to limit our options, I prefer to flirt with all types of genres in my writing. I’d like to think that we are progressing and maturing just like say Bring Me The Horizon or John Mayer for example. Everchanging, otherwise you get a little stuck and who wants that?
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CD: We kicked off a few years back and really threw ourselves into the live music scene here in Melbourne. We did something ridiculous like over 150 shows in 3 years just to really solidify our live set. Within that time frame we recorded and released our debut album “We Used To…” which contains mostly music that I’d written around 4-6 years pre OMW. Following the release we bought a tour bus, signed a distribution deal with a European record label (Sliptrick) and supported some killer Australian acts. Here we are in the present about to head back into the studio to record some new shit.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CD: My personal musical influences change regularly, I cant speak for the rest of the guys but I’ve always preferred trying new things. At the moment I can tell you that my current influences range from Powderfinger, BMTH, Allday, Brittish India and a host of others. Ask me next week and I’ll give you some new ones…
As for non musical I have a couple, David Beckham is a huge role model for me. I know it sounds kinda wanky (A muso admiring a sports star), but I always felt his work ethic was so strong and focused. He knew what he wanted, made mistakes and fans even burnt effigies of him but he came back and just always worked harder than ever.
The other is my father, though he can literally drive me up the wall in the space of 15 seconds… (He’s laughing at this right now even) his help towards our musical goals and ventures is second to none and we really couldn’t have done what we have without him so far. I think he’s just hoping we make him rich before he puts a foot in the grave… fat chance of that in this industry.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CD: We want to play our music in arena’s, we want people to sing it in the shower, we want workers to pump it on the way to work, we want everyone to be a part of what we’re creating. A new era of live music and rad shows and a family of fans that dances when they want to dance and sings when they want to sing. Making the world a better place would be nice too.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CD: I (Connor Dougan) write the songs. The songs on “We Used To…” are particularly about all aspects of communication. How we talk to our lovers, families, friends. How we communicate with our workplace and different generations of people and even how corporations can be manipulative towards consumers. Our newer songs however are more directly related to experiences that have happened to me or affected me. These subjects range from things I should/shouldn’t have done in relationships, drug abuse and even inner band workings.
I experience very real night terrors that I also slip into some of our music but you might only ever hear me talk about these at shows when I’m introducing the song. This can leave our songs open to interpretation but sometimes a little more difficult to decipher. I actually love when fans come up and give me their take on a song or lyric of mine and tell me what they think it means, sometimes it’s the whole other end of the spectrum.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CD: Social media, social media, social media… did I mention social media? It’s unfortunately the major practical solution for promotion these days. It’s a pain because they make it hard for you too, limiting your reach, forcing you to pay for advertisements… it’s kind of what our song “Listen” is about.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CD: I think it’s better than streaming it, if it’s legally helping the artist that is. It’s extremely difficult these day’s to make any kind of money, so with a paid download from bandcamp or the like can sometimes mean whether we eat or not.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
CD: Oh don’t get me started. A lot of things have changed. Look, in the old days, a record company would sign a band, invest in that band, promote and push that band. They had the contacts and it cost a lot of money to do that. Now, that industry has changed and the cost has been directly thrown back to the artists. They now want you to be famous before you’re famous. They want a sure thing. That would be fine, and probably do-able if people still bought that product, but it’s becoming extremely rare now and most people will just stream, leaving the artist with an excruciatingly tiny income from the work. The only real change is that the financial burden is now on the artist. It still costs a lot to record properly and everyone related to the project has to be paid prior. You basically have to be prepared financially to invest heavily in your art and PR and learn to run a business. The days of just writing and singing your songs are long gone, here at OMW we do everything and more.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CD: I’m not sure if there’s any songs I’d wish I’d written from another artist. Most of them are deeply personal and I admire that I wouldn’t be able to reach the emotion they convey had I written the piece. I do love a few songs and I’ll pick “Last Words” by “The Getaway Plan” for this question. I think it’s well written, the sounds are impeccable, it’s beautifully recorded but most of all, it hits the feel button like no other.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CD: Leith (Bass player) likes to change my words mid practice to something stupid.. Or says things like “You know this verse sounds like this song” then plays something popular and I have to go and change the damn thing ’cause of it. Or when they all start playing songs I’ve scrapped.. That really grinds my gears. Is that enough?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CD: Probably our 12 track album ‘We Used To…’. It was a moment in our lives where we did the absolute best and gave our all with what we had at the time. It got a distribution deal with a euro label and I’m just really proud of it. In saying that, we are so looking forward to getting the new stuff out because you can really hear the progression within the band.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
CD: Well we are about to go into the studio to record some new songs and work on some new videos for release in 2020. We have pencilled in a small tour around late March early April. That line-up if it comes to fruition is killer. We will have a new stage/light show to go with the tour that we’re experimenting with as well as some new ideas we want to try at shows, but right now, all our focus is on the new recording, wish us luck.
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