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Redhanded – Interview


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?

R: We are an alternative rock band with a broad array of influences. We love to create music that adds our unique and personal twist to an established sound within the rock spectrum.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

R: The band was formed between old friends who met up to jam at the (late) Enterprise Studios in central London. We all have day jobs so the music collaboration started out quite informally. However over time as we established a sound and wrote a few songs we became a lot more ambitious and the hard work from that has resulted in Retrograde

 

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?

R: Our music stems from experiences within each of our personal lives and the stuff we grew up listening to. There are some very serious themes explored such as addiction and mental health, but also some lighter subjects such as the world of the past.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

R: After successfully releasing our debut album, our current goal is to hit the gig circuit and perform in front of as many people as possible (playing next on 19th August at 93 Feet East!). There is also a second album in the works.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

R: Receiving a fantastic response to the release of Retrograde, with some great feedback from the press and music industry professionals. However, its made us more determined to continue developing and doing even more with our music in future!

 

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?

R: It is undoubtedly a challenge, and a constant battle to get any attention. We have been educating ourselves on being better at using social media, better at networking and more informed about putting content out there in a way that people enjoy.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

R: Being an independent band, we do this entirely ourselves, using a range of promoters across London. Yes our next show is booked for 19th August at 93 Feet East, where we are headlining the night. We hope to see as many people as possible there!

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

R: We don’t have too strong an opinion on this subject, we have lived through the times of buying cassette tapes, then CDs and then moving online. Compressed music on the internet is not the best quality music you can listen to but there is something to be said for convenience.

 

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

R: The Pot, by Tool. It’s a very well crafted song with amazing musical hooks and the vocal melodies speak to us. The band is one of the ones we mention as our influences, although what we have written so far is not entirely in that genre.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

R: As with the rest of the world, the music industry suffers from inequality of opportunity and those at the top of the pyramid get far more attention and airtime vs others. There are millions of incredible musicians across the world making incredible music every day – it would be great to live in a world where we got to listen to as many as possible, opposed to a handful.

 

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

R: We have currently started writing our second album, which we are super excited about! We have some great new material that we are exploring as well as some old ideas that are taking shape. We are also exploring aspects of our sound which we feel can be polished or improved upon and its quite fun!

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

R: You can find us on www.redhandedlive.com but also through our socials, we’re @redhandedlive on all platforms:

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