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Pieces – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

P: It’s so difficult to put myself in a genre, I personally just think it’s rock music. It’s noisy, aggressive and electronic, but everything’s rooted in bastard heavy guitar riffs. So it’s rock, but with a punk, EDM twist.

 

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

P: My project as ‘pieces’ started during the Covid lockdown of 2020 when I was gifted all this extra time to really invest in my own personal goals in life. It was an opportunity I’d never really had before, or maybe I did but I was just too busy procrastinating or making excuses of why it was out of reach. I had a vision for the music so pursued it on my own to keep it simple, but I’ve been working with some incredibly kind and talented people to bring the project to life, namely Groove Machine duo Alex Condliffe and Noah Booth (Ratboy & Low Lying Sun), ex Prodigy and Pitchshifter guitarist Jim Davies, and Ramon Blanco, grandson’s lead guitarist. These are artists who’ve all had a massive impact on my own musical upbringing, and they’ve shaped what I’m creating today.

 

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

P: Musically there’s probably too many to name. I grew up listening to stuff like Hendrix, Guns n Roses, Metallica, Eminem, Radiohead, The Prodigy… but if you want to know what stuff I listen to on a daily basis now, the stuff that inspires me to make music, then it’s artists like grandson, Kid Kapichi, Holy Wars, Bob Vylan, Nova Twins.

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

P: As an artist, I just want to create something I’m proud of, something that I can say ‘fuck, I did that’ and if people like it, that’s a bonus. I don’t really have a plan, as long as it stays fun and gives me some purpose in life, I’ll keep doing it and see where it takes me. It’s already opened some doors for me to write and perform on some synch music with some big artists – stuff I never would have believed I’d be doing if you told me a few years back.

 

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

P: I write the songs. Having recovered from a hopeless drug addiction (coming up to 6 years without a drink or drug), I’ve been picking up the pieces of my life over the past few years, and I’m now in a place where I seem to have got my shit together, enough for me to throw myself into my music anyway. The music is a piece of me, all the songs are deeply personal and writing and creating them as helped me heal. Some of it’s pretty dark and a lot of these early songs talk about emerging from the chaos of addiction and mental illness. I’ve had to get really honest in my own recovery, and I want that honesty to come through in my songwriting, but the songs also offer a glimpse of hope, that there is a way out, no matter how bad things have got. I wrote ‘soul’ as a reminder of the chaos I’d left behind in the madness of day-to-day drug addiction. Just listening to it keeps me focussed on staying out of trouble, trying to be a better person and helping others… I hope the song might help someone else who’s still desperately trying to find a way out.

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

P: I probably haven’t done this enough. To be ‘successful’ these days, it feels like you have to be a musician and a marketing expert, but the marketing bit just makes me cringe sometimes, I hate the idea of having to be like ‘oh look at me’ and post pictures or videos of myself. So that has held me back. Hopefully some of your readers might check me out after reading this! https://linktr.ee/thisispieces

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

P: I think it’s cool, to be able to have instant access to anything. Of course, there are pros and cons, mostly cons for the artist these days, so I really admire those independent artists who are literally doing everything, like merch, vinyls etc without any label support – artists like Bob Vylan are killing it.

 

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

P: This is really tough! There are so many, but if I think back over the past year or so to a time when I genuinely thought to myself, ‘I wish I’d written that’, it would probably be IDLES ‘Model Village’ – musically it’s got a real upbeat punk energy that I dig, but it’s the lyrics that get me – it’s such an accurate reflection of middle England, that I really connect with.

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

P: I’d like to think I’m too zen, but I’d be lying! There’s loads of stuff that winds me up, so I have to constantly work on myself because I waste way too much energy worrying about that kind of stuff! Queue jumpers piss me off, and so does my shit WiFi when it goes down.

 

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

P: It’s very early days for me, so even just to have stuff out there that people are listening to feels like something to be proud of. It’s mental when I look at the places where people are listening, it’s weird as I seem to have a lot of listeners in Mexico and Germany, which blows my mind! Getting a spin on BBC Introducing was also a highlight and I hope there’s many more to come.

 

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

P: There’s plenty more music to come this year, which will form an EP with around 5 or 6 tracks on it. There’s more in the back pocket too and I’m always writing, plus I’m putting together the finishing touches for a music video shoot that I’m hoping to get over the line in the next few weeks. There’s always something to be doing in this game.

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

P: My debut song ‘soul’ is available on all the streaming services or you can download it on iTunes. And RIPs & likes comes out on June 10th. My social handles are all @thisispieces so check me out and I’ll post all the updates there, mainly on Instagram, for now. https://linktr.ee/thisispieces

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