Ophelia – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

O: I think any artist who thinks about this question too much comes out being just the same as everyone else. I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to be something and now at the ancient age of 26 I have realised that you can only be yourself, and that’s enough I think. If people like it then great and if not then that’s fine too. They aren’t going to like you anymore because you saw Buck Meek wearing a big hat and thought you sounded a bit like him so should also wear a big hat, get your own hat.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

O: You know when people are like, oh when you die wouldn’t it be amazing if you got a video tape of your life, not for me, that tape would just be me playing guitar and eating a lot of sausage pasta. Thats pretty much my history, that’s the fun bits anyway. 


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

O: I’d honestly say just the people around me. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by truly remarkable people, even people who don’t do music as a career really care about music and turn me onto things I have never heard before. My first ever major musical influence was definitely Zack Attack though. 


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

O: These have changed a fair bit in the past few years. I think I got so caught up in wanting to be in the Artic Monkeys and get to drink margaritas on a roof somewhere I skipped past the part of actually just making music. Now I just concentrate on making tunes that I really like – my friend has a roof, we know how to make margaritas, Leeds is the new L.A anyway. 


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

O: I write my songs, that would be mad if someone else wrote them though. I honestly have no idea what they’re about, I only really work that out afterwards and who cares anyway, whenever I find out what a song by someone I love is about I get really disappointed. 


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

O: I post a tiny model of me through all the letter boxes in Leeds and the surrounding areas. It’s so small no-one notices and then, in the middle of the night, it inflates to a life size version of me and sings Japanese Peru at a deafening volume. It then explodes and presents all the information of forth coming shows to the subjects in the form of a Haiku. It seems to work great! 


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

O: I think it’s a problem way bigger that little me. I think people are always going to go for a cheaper option and who can blame them. Also surly by now we know that the internet will find a way, the whole thing needs a big re-think doesn’t it. I say bring back lime wire, no one could be arsed with that anymore and people would start buying records again.  


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

O: I’m not sure if I wish I had written it but I think it’s mad to think of the person who wrote Baby Shark. Imagine how that must feel to know that you have inflicted that on the world. 


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

O: I absolutely hate it when you find a pack of chewing gum in a pair of jeans, think ‘oh you know what that would be great right now, nice refreshing minty good stuff in my mouth’ and then the horror when you realise the pack is about 4 months old and been through the wash and you now just have corse cleaning liquid in your mouth. 


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

O: When I was about 15 I played on the stage at Disneyland Paris, it was set up for Lion King and it was all bouncy. I also saw Mickey Mouse without a head behind the scenes, he looked like he was having an awful time. 


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

O: Just trying to figure out how to get this next set of songs out and then record the next bunch! They’re all written which is the tough part, can’t wait to get back into recording. 

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