pMad – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

pM: pMad is the solo artist title taken by Paul Dillon from Galway, Ireland.Spent a life writing lyrics, recording pieces of music and being a general music lover!!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

pM: In a few bands including The Suicidal Dufflecoats but never released any music.

Along comes a pandemic, lockdowns and the improvement in technology, he creates a band with Liam Martin called ‘The Greeting’ (music to be Piecing together the sounds and lyrics of a lifetime and with the help of great people, Liam Martin (Zedakube Recording), Dominik (Protonaut Studios) and Pepe Ortega (Elith Mastering Labs) and lifetime ambition is happening.

Eight tunes with extended versions and remixes are created, culminating in the release of ‘Who Am I’ and in 2022 more singles and the album.


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

pM: My musical influences are so broad and I think it will come across in the singles and album.

Dark goth, new wave/80’s, metal, indie and alt rock. A sucker for a bass line.

Big Cure-head in the day and still Goth (The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, etc), that looked out of place at Indie ‘A House’, Fugazi/Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr,  loving Tom Waits to Suicidal Tendencies. Varied inspiration coming out in what I create.

People will hear different influences in the music, they will hear what they are familiar with.

Non musical influences, I do not have many if any, I lead my own life, to the best of my ability, I am me!! (I have a song about that)


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

pM: To live a long and happy life, if that happens, then most of my goals and dreams will be fulfilled. Have a tendency to go for what I want, not what what it is. I have simple wants and usually achieve and if I don’t get them, well I tried. 


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

pM: I write all the songs and lyrics myself and then with producer, mixing and mastering, they are moulded into a song I want it to be. The songs are about myself, you, others and the world in general. I am continually trying to broaden my mind and be more accepting, and I think we all should. We should all try our bit to save this planet also. A little by everyone amounts to an awful lot!!


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

pM: Self-promotion and put pMad out there. Delighted so far with the response, it has been unbelievable. Like all music, it is not for everyone and what pMad does is definitely not for everyone and I understand that. But really taken aback by the fantastic support for so many different corners of the world, love it and thank you. And just as happy that does that do not like it have been silent, which is the way I love too!! If you have nothing go to say, say nothing…….I do my best to live by it.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

pM: I used to be the one that loved pressing record and play on the cassette on radio shows and buying the bootleg concert cassette back in the day. So no saint. Like those days of my piracy, I think the streaming giants are piracy on a massive scale. Robbing the artist but saying they are giving them a chance to market their wares. Downloading for a reasonable amount of money, that is the way: that way most win. If you got 20 tunes even 50 a month to download for the price of your streaming subscription, with a free listen to decide. Then I think that would be a fairer way. A lot smarter people out there than me, can’t solve it. It will ultimately come down to the customer telling the big streamers that is the way it has to be, if that doesn’t happen, it won’t!


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

pM: None, as they would never have been written!! I am a huge music fan, if there never was pMad – The Smiths ‘Well I Wonder’ and i still get a tingle near tear every time I hear it, cannot explain but we all have that song. So many others bring me to a different train of thought, Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies – A Forest by The Cure – Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr – Mercy Beat by The The, so much amazing music made, a lifetime still discovering. Love it.

I love anything to do with music, live gigs, discovering new music (Benefits, Wasted Pretty, Bob Vylan, FBU62, 9O’Clock Nasty) discovering old new music, the music just never stops thankfully.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

pM: Trying to have less and less, Manners (how hard is it to say please and thank you) and I like punctuality, not sure where it comes from, being Irish. Irish time slightly different to the rest of the world!! I can be late, but at least call/text people that you will be, not that difficult……..see don’t get me started, I am trying to be less peevish about it, not there yet obviously!


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

pM: Releasing ‘Who Am I’ and the rest of the pMad collection. Can’t top that!


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

pM: Getting organised for 1st February and the release of the follow up single ‘Medicine’. A CD single this time with ‘Who Am I’ the other track on the cd. ‘Medicine’ veers on to a new direction from ‘Who Am I’ – thumping drums, pulsing bass (with a killer bass line), synths/guitars and vocals bringing you on a journey to find out – Hope is the Medicine!!


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

pM: ‘Who Am I’ is available to buy at

You can also find it in the usual streamer, download, places – along with reviews, website, social media all available at this link