Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RM: We’re just the classic guitar and drum style rock band. We try to be one of those bands you can play along side a night you’ll always remember, and be there for those nights you’d rather forget. Just a there, through it all, understand it all kind of bands.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself?
RM: We’re all members of a bunch of other bands put together. We’ve been putting out music for only a year and quickly started seeing success in streaming, playing shows, and even minor radio play.
PD: Who are your musical and none musical influences?
RM: None musical I’d say is just life itself. Sometimes life is so good and we’re so happy and hopeful that we can’t help but celebrate in a song. Other times life is just rough and you need to vent it out, or it’s confusing and you need to take the time to make sense of it. Experiencing life is the main message and inspiration in the band, and it’s a fruitful muse.
Musically, we are all products of an eclectic range of records. We often go to musics underground sounds or to it’s enduring classics. We really looked to bands like the Beatles for the way they kind of took on a lot of sounds and tried a lot of different tricks and styles of songwriting. Bands like them kind of gave us permission to be willing to try out so many things in our music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
RM: The goal we’re all working on is making music our full time gig. We love writing music and recording and performing so much that it’s all we want to do. And we just try chipping away at that dream everyday.
PD: Who writes your songs? What are they about?
RM: We all collectively write songs, and even then all of our finger prints on each others tracks in some form or fashion. We all bring in what we have and then we all work to make them as good as we can write them.
All of our songs are made about life and for life. We make songs that talk about the things we all go through, good or bad, beautiful or ugly; we don’t all feel the same all day so we show all those parts of ourselves. But we even try to make the music for real life. We make sounds for when you’re just wanting to vibe and disconnect, and we make sounds for when you’re wanting to party and go crazy. And we only plan on exploring all of that more as we keep on putting out albums.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
RM: We try to promote ourselves with our shows, and with different blogs and magazines that are cool enough to take time for all of the artist just trying to make everything happen. When it comes to promoting shows, we’re just annoying as can be on social media. Both on our page and on Facebook groups. Don’t know how much they work but we haven’t had any of those “only 2 people in the whole crowd” kind of shows yet so I’d say they work at least a little.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
RM: Morgan-I think it’s great! I mean we love our cds and our vinyls, but to have those rare and hard to find albums with just a quick search online is pretty cool in my opinion. I can only imagine the artist and the collectors back in the day that wished they had all of these tools at their disposal so I don’t take it for granted for a moment.
Sam- I think it’s good for promo and getting your name and sound out there, but I feel whether it’s ’72 or ’22, it seems like someone always figures out a way to keep music profits from the band haha.
Kyle- I think it’s a double edged sword. It’s great for discovering new tunes but unfortunately I believe it leads to a decreased desire to see a band live. There is so much to discover and so much that is easily forgotten.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RM: Morgan- if I could’ve written anything Primus has done, I’d be my own biggest fan! It’s just so out of the box and impossible to duplicate.
Sam- 5 to 9 by fidlar. I just think it’s an insanely catchy song, that’s simple musically, with a catchy hook and that tells a story with it’s lyrics.
Kyle- Forever by skid row the riff is sick. I played the shit out of the first skid row album on CD when I got my first car. Years later when digital music was coming out this song was a bonus track and something that I never heard before and it blew me away.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
RM: Morgan- whatever my coworkers are doing at 7 in the morning, I think they do that shit to annoy me on purpose.
Sam- Not that I’ve experienced it in Red Maker, but when members of bands don’t give it their all during a show. Not only is that letting down the fans who paid good money to see the band, but i feel its a let down to the other members in your own band, who should be the most important people in someone’s world of music.
Kyle- When performers stand backwards on stage while they are performing and bandanas tied to strap locks, those are my pet peeves
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
RM: Got to be when B!tch hit 23,000 streams. Those numbers wasn’t something a band a newer band from Sioux Falls ever hit. So when it did, and you saw all of those listeners all around the world like it did, it was mind blowing.
PD: So what are working on at the moment?
RM: We’re getting the final mixes done on our first official album, it will be out this summer. While we’re doing that we are also rehearsing for all of shows and a festival we have lined up this summer.
PD: What music you have available online and where can we buy it from?
RM: We have a demo album and load of singles, they’re available anywhere you can stream and buy music. So we don’t want to hear any excuses! Haha