Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Darren: Melodic, indie folk
Stone: With elements of rock and pop
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Darren: We formed in 2017 drinks and jam sessions in my front room. I had started to write a few songs and I asked Stone to join me to help polish them off. The songs I had started were written as therapy after the passing of my wife Steph. I was struggling with her loss, so song writing became my way of not keeping everything within.
Stone: Yeah, those first couple of songs were Sense Out Of Crisis and Heaven’s Door.
Darren: We started regularly rehearsing and with that came new songs and we thought hey this is really working so thought let’s see where this can go. This led to performing to friends at my house to gigging in pubs and venues.
Stone: We were pretty busy with gigs, mainly in Southampton, Portsmouth and London when the pandemic struck. As it turns out, Darren had just moved in with a long-time friend of ours, Jeremy, and he had set up a studio at his home. So using that along with the recording equipment at my house we were able to record our debut album, Grow, throughout the 2020 lockdown and beyond. The three of us then completed the mixing, mastering, artwork, promo material ready for release in June 2021.
Darren: Which brings us to now.
Stone: And that wasn’t very brief.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Stone: Believe it or not, Iron Maiden. I’m not sure you can hear it in what I do now but they were very important early on. Guns n’ Roses, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Hot Chocolate, many many more.
Darren: Beatles, Bowie, James Taylor, Black Crowes, Elbow, Wham!. Hehehe.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Darren: For our songs to be heard and enjoyed. And lots of money HAHAHAHA. I do want the album on vinyl. Never had my own vinyl before.
Stone: HAHAHA I’ve always wanted to live in a shack in the middle of nowhere, but musically, for our songs to connect with people, that would be amazing. Would absolutely love to play Glastonbury Festival, or tour the world. Funnily enough, I have this dream of someday working with the WWE in some form or another. Fingers crossed – are you reading Vince?
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Stone: Well, we both do.
Darren: Yeah, sometimes I have the chord progressions, a melody and a couple of lines, and Stone steps in with some words. Sometimes one of us will have a complete song ready to go.
Stone: And sometimes it just comes organically from a jam. The songs subject matter varies, but it’s real life stuff. I’d like people to connect to any song enough that it means something personal to them.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Stone: Mainly online. Well pretty much completely online, although we have been known to hand out flyers and business cards.
Darren: Talking of shows, we’re playing Victorious Festival in Portsmouth on Saturday 28th August.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Darren: A great way to get heard, but effects the bands royalties as the streaming sites take large cut.
Stone: I love it, but it is a double edged sword. I kinda miss the days of selling CDs at gigs.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Darren: Late in the Day by Supergrass, just the way it drifts from verses to chorus, beautiful.
Stone: Good choice bro. Right at this moment in time, I’m gonna go with Prodigal Son by Iron Maiden. Why? Because I love it and I’m jealous I didn’t write it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Stone: When people say “I could care less” when they mean they “couldn’t” care less. Bugs the shit out of me.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Darren: Hearing our songs on a radio station and having this album out.
Stone: For sure our album Grow.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Stone: We have stuff in the pipeline but I don’t want to say too much because everything is still in the meeting and planning stage.
Darren: And we’re working on updating our live sound so the audience can get the full album experience.
Stone: And we’ve always got album 2 in our sights.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Stone: Thanks for having us.
Darren: Great site.
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