Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
P: Primaterra is about massive, groovy, and breathing music. We are aiming to send out the same kicking and live vibes both in live concerts and when we record. Primaterra is bringing back some of the exciting heavy music from the 90s in a modern and relevant way.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
P: We are an international band, formed in 2019 and based in Berlin, Germany. Sharing a deep passion for heavy music, we have managed to find each other after several lineup changes. As individual members, we have been making music for over 20 years. Nowadays we’re combining the different backgrounds, experiences, and musical genres we grew up on as individuals into Primaterra.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
P: As mentioned, bringing our different backgrounds and influences together is what makes us. From grunge and rock n’ roll to death and black metal with a lot of love for groove and 90s vibes. From Faith No More to Pantera to Meshuggah to Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, and Marduk the list is never-ending. Some of us bring heavy and slow elements, some melodic, and some dark and atmospheric. We like to challenge and reinvent ourselves from day to day.
We write about norms, human condition, social criticism, and pretty much everything we have an opinion or a feeling about.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
P: Simply making music we love, bringing people together and we fucking love being on stage making music with and for people and bringing something broad to the table, that most people can connect to and identify with.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
P: Pulling through covid in a remote relationship and releasing our debut album.
We knew from day one that we had something good on our hands. It’s all about the chemistry and the people. It’s a relationship between 4 people. But the thing that gets us all down the most, is not being able to play. During covid, we have faced many challenges, such as lockdowns, long-distance relationships, and not being able to play live concerts or go in the studio, up to a point that we felt that we might lose this awesome opportunity.
Luckily, being the experienced and invested people that we are, we have chosen to become stronger and survive this awful time, and we are very proud to pull through while seeing many great bands deciding to quit and against all odds creating our debut album.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
P: It is a real challenge! Keeping it real and organic does the job while promoting the band using the “bedroom tech” and sometimes even writing songs/skits from our home studios.
We don’t have to go on a world tour with Slipknot tomorrow, but we have to go on as many stages as possible. We would like to bring our a-game to a concert in a warehouse in front of 5 people and to a great open-air festival with 2k people. We want to play for people all over the world and it’s all about putting ourselves out there.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
P: We love making connections and collaborating with bands, clubs, festivals, and people in different scenes (old school style), and of course social media.
Our next show will take place on 29.12.22 and we are already planning 2023. We still haven’t had our first tour, but this is something that is already being planned and we can’t wait to go on the road together.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
P: Like anything, there are pros and cons. When we grew up it was difficult to get access to metal and extreme music. Depending on where you live, who your friends are, and what records your parents had. However, with this challenge, a lot of excitement came. Things like getting a cassette and listening to it for the first time on a walkman or getting a physical copy of an album, listening to it from the beginning till the end while flipping through the book/lyrics and having to choose what 4-6 CD’s to carry to a field trip at school. That was exciting. Having said that, the comfort of having anything on your phone, and carrying an endless amount of music in your pocket is amazing. It’s all about balancing things up and with every challenge comes an opportunity. For example, how can we create an album that will make people want to listen from beginning to end as an experience and not necessarily shuffling a song or two in multiple playlists? This can bring a lot to creative writing.
It is still great to see that the metal audience still holds a lot of value to physical copies and merchandise. You can see it in live concerts. The excitement and value are still here and it cannot be replaced. So let’s enjoy combining it all and make sure artists get what they deserve in order to keep creating.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
P: Oh man… that’s a question! Since each and every one of us will answer differently, we can all agree that any song that will stand the time test and be considered a classic. From Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen to Master of Puppets by Metallica.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
P: Over-engineered music that is not possible to recreate on stage and abuse of technology to create something that you can hear that is effortless.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
P: Alongside some exciting music videos and live shows, we started designing our merchandise, with a focus on all genders (dresses with pockets are really important for us!), and we are already cooking our next album.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
P: We are available on Bandcamp, social media, and most streaming platforms, check out our linktree: https://linktr.ee/primaterra, and stay tuned for some exciting merch that we will add to our Bandcamp page soon.