Promotive – 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 a pop punk band at the roots, but we like to explore a lot of other styles as well, including pop, hard rock, and even trap. You’ll definitely be seeing more of that variety on later releases.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
P: All of our bandmates (Jacob Ortiz, Andrew Padilla and Mel Torres) have separately made huge accomplishments in their respective musical careers, including playing with several big name artists, playing and touring across the United States (including slots on the Vans Warped Tour), touring internationally, and gaining sponsorships from various companies, such as Empire Ears and Rode Microphones. While this band originated as the solo project of our vocalist, Jacob, it has since grown into a much more collaborative effort from all three members of the group.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
P: Some of our biggest musical inspirations include All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Fall Out Boy and With Confidence. Beyond that, we all love a wide variety of music. Everything from Dance Gavin Dance, to stuff like Post Malone (we even recently released a cover of his song “Circles”).
Non-musically speaking, I would everything in life, to some capacity, influences my writing. Life experiences, movies, Taco Bell (laughs), you name it. The great thing about music is that it’s so subjective, you can literally write a song about anything, and still have it be relatable and enjoyable. We actually have a song coming out pretty soon that (as I like to tell people) is about a situation in my life that was really similar to that of Jim & Pam from The Office.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
P: Well the dream of course, is to be able to take this music around the world and be able to pay my rent with it (laughs). However, one of my main goals when it comes to music has always been to create music that resonates with people. For me, writing music is kinda like taking a snapshot of your life. I usually write about what matters to me at the time, or even whatever I may be going through in the moment. My hope has always been that the music I create, the messages I convey, the picture I paint with music; that someone, somewhere will be able to hear it and say “wow, I feel this. This guy gets me.” Music is therapy for me, and I want to be able to create something that people can listen to and find comfort in, or in a lighter sense, something they can listen to and feel good.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
P: The majority of our music is written by our vocalist/guitarist, Jacob. However, everyone in the group contributes to the creative process, and helps reshape and finalize the songs into what they are.
The single we have out currently, “Tired,” is about feeling stuck in life. Whether it be in a dead end job, some sort of monotonous routine, or simply not knowing what direction your life is going, nor where you’re even meant to be going. However, the song also goes on to say that even though you may feel trapped now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and as long as you keep moving forward and push through adversaries, you’ll eventually find what it is in life that you’re looking for.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
P: We haven’t actually played any shows yet, however that’s something we’re definitely working towards. The goal right now for this band is to release a bunch of singles, in order to establish ourselves as a band, and to actually build a real following and audience. That way, when the time comes to play shows, we’ll have people that actually care about our art and want to come see it live.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
P: I mean we all grew up during the peak of Limewire, so that kinda says it all (laughs). At the same time though, I really don’t see the need for it anymore in today’s age of streaming. Why would I want to use storage on my phone or computer downloading an album, when I can just pull up Spotify or YouTube and listen to it there? At the same time though, I’m also old-school in that I would much prefer to go out and buy a physical CD than download an album. So I guess it’s a “best-of-both-worlds” type of thing. I’m sure the artist(s) appreciate that much more as well, I know I would.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
P: Honestly, that question is tough to answer. Each artist brings something new to the table. We honestly wish we just wrote a song that everyone can listen and relate to. Songs that actually give people moments to live through. Those are the songs we wish we wrote
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
P: In regards to music, one of my biggest pet peeves is probably seeing how many bands and artists simply try to catch wind of “the next big thing” instead of trying to think outside the box and be different. I notice a lot that, as soon as one band/artist does something that is tremendously successful, a million other bands immediately try to copy that idea, just to cash in on the success. Kinda like, for example, the whole Punk Goes Pop trend from a few years back. Every band back in the day just HAD to have their metal cover of whatever pop song was topping the charts, and it got stale SO fast. Like, don’t get me wrong, I love hearing a great cover done right, but now it feels kinda uninspired seeing a band cover a pop song that just came out, for no other reason then because it’s a popular song. It feels so bland to me. Like, I think those “Songs that Saved My Life” albums are absolutely doing the whole cover album thing WAY better. Because those bands featured are covering songs that they grew up with, songs that they legitimately love and respect, and paying their tribute to them, all the while putting their own spin on it. I love that, and I absolutely want to see more of that, and less pop covers for the sake of popularity.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
P: In my other band, we had a tour that ended in Kansas, opening for a pretty established band. We were about 5 hours outside of our hometown, but we busted our butts to make sure people knew about that show in order to pack the place out (we had to end the tour on a high note), and we did just that. Not only that, but because we made sure we put on the best show we could, people that were there for the headlining act loved us, too! We had a line of people after our set that wanted to come talk to us, and that wanted to buy our merch. We nearly got cleaned out of merch that night! It was easily the highlight of the tour, and it’s something I seriously can’t wait to do with this band (Promotive) as well!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
P: We’re currently gearing up to release another single and music video in the coming weeks, and we also have a few more tracks up our sleeve that our gonna be coming out throughout the year. Basically the game this year is single after single. All the while just reaching out to people and building an audience and getting our name out to the community. We might start playing some shows sooner than later down the line as well if the demand is there.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
P: Well like I said earlier, we haven’t played any shows yet. So in that regard, I guess I would say the reason people should come to our next show, is because it would be our first show, and we’re definitely planning out how to make it something that people will absolutely enjoy and not forget!