Perpacity – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
P: We’re broadly classed as ‘electro’, but really we go with whatever comes out of us creatively, rather than thinking we have to have to sound like ‘x’ or ‘y’.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
P: We’d worked with each other writing books on Mentalism, a kind of psychological ‘magic’ of the kind that people like David Blaine and the UK’s Derren Brown do, but it wasn’t until we’d done that for about eight years that we connected in a musical sense.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
P: Ian: One or two tracks from a lot of bands rather than a big fan of all of a particular bands’ music: Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Florence and the Machine, Cranberries, Clannad, Chilli Peppers, etc.
Martin: My earliest musical influences were bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure, Simple Minds, Yazoo, David Bowie, The Cult and Kate Bush. Now a days I´ll give most things / most genres a listen, although I find it a lot more difficult finding something I actually really like (it does still happen mind you).
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
P: Ian: To keep working and try to get better at what I do.
Martin: For Perpacity a continuous growth and development in what we´re doing. Be that in our song writings skills, production skills and just our overall musical skills, crossing our fingers that people will still enjoy, what we create and put out.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
P: We both do. They’re about our day to day lives, but they’re also increasingly influenced by World events over the last few years. Injustice, climate-change – it’s difficult not to feel them on a subconscious level and have them seep into your song-writing.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
P: Online primarily, social media and YouTube, they’re the fastest way to reach people nowadays, and through the media/press contacts who will talk and listen to us (like you´re kind enough to do here, Pete).
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
P: Ian: It’s a useful way to distribute music, but it killed off the music industry that was. I can’t understand why people think they should be allowed to download books, games and music for free when the authors might have given years of their lives creating them. A misguided idea that they’re getting their own back on big business, when in fact, it’s ordinary workers who have their livelihoods destroyed.
Martin: The convenience of it is attractive of course, but I feel bad for the younger generation, who will (probably) never get to experience the joy of rummaging through their local record dealers finding that ONE 12” maxi single you´ve been waiting for, or buying the LP from a new band, you´ve heard good things about. Today’s streaming and download scenario is a lot less personal to me, than in the “good old days” (Aaaand…. Just made myself sound really old there).
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
P: Ian: Buggles, ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’. Quirky, simple, clever. It was a real turning point in terms of pop music and its production. It influenced chart music for years afterwards.
Martin: Oh – That´s a difficult question… There´d be numerous of course, but at the end of the day, I think I´d rather write a (to me) good song left to my own devices, and then enjoy everybody else’s music on their own terms and merits, rather than wishing it be something I´d written.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
P: Ian: People who have no regard for animals. Aubergines.
Martin: I´m definitely with Ian on the animal part. Grilled aubergines on the barbeque are great though.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
P: Ian: Getting my first songs published as a song-writer.
Martin: I think it´s a continuous evolving / changing thing. Getting a record deal, receiving an awesome review on something you´ve done, pulling off a concert to a great response, sitting with your first physical product in your hands etc. I don´t have a specific defining moment, and I kind of hope I won´t have, because what´s to come after that?
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
P: New songs, which will hopefully turn into new singles and a new album down the road, as well as a few new collaborations, before another year just zooms by.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
P: All the usual online channels. You can find all the links through our own website at www.Perpacity.com, where you can also get hold of the new album in physical form.
Band location – Bristol England / Copenhagen Denmark
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