Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RN: As you can probably tell from the video, I’m a storyteller. I write music that wants to tell someone’s story whether it’s mine or somebody else’s. Most of the time it comes in the form of Rock n’ roll or soft rock. I like that style because I grew up on that kind of music and the stories seem to fit inside those musical structures and styles. Rock has always been a symbol of freedom to me, helped me through the most difficult times and in my opinion, represents pure desire coming to life through music. That’s why I’m a rock artist 😉
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
RN: Growing in a family that is always up to good music and singing and playing, I didn’t have many options but to start playing my dad’s guitar when I was 8 and start writing songs at the age of 18. My dad was a very talented musician and passed away in a plane crash as a pilot when I was a baby. Luckily my mom and my adoptive father have a great sense of music and were able to transfer it to me. I studied acting when I was 19 which earned me a role in a TV show on the Nickelodeon channel. That experience encouraged me to start my own thing so I built a modest home music studio in my attic and just started recording demos. That was so fun as I finally felt I’m creating something on my own. Those demos got me to record the single “Stay Up” and a few more that are going to be released in the coming year 🙂 This is an awesome journey for me and I’m so excited to get it out to the world.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RN: The first song I ever danced to (when I was 3 year old) was Lenny Kravits’s “Fly Away”! From there on, there was no escape from falling in love with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Muse and more. Some new music like The Lumineers, Coldplay, James bay Greta Van Fleet, Sam Fender and Machine Gun Kelly hit me later on in life and gave me the inspiration to make music on my own. Sometimes I find inspiration in unusual places, Van Gogh for example, can break my heart with every painting. Although he is not a musician, his paintings pierce through my soul the exact same way as a beautiful melody.”
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
RN: I think goals are an inseparable part of life and I keep adjusting and follow them as I move forward.
One of my goals is being able to uplift people’s spirits and moods through music. I remember me as a child, trying to cope with the shit I was going through, and music was always like a shelter for me so I wish some kid will listen to my track and will feel just a little bit better than before.
Talking about uplifting people, I dream about doing live shows that will make people crazy and to turn it into a whole celebration. Especially now after the pandemic. I intend to create an awesome live show that will blow people away.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RN: I’m writing all of my music. I started writing when I was about 18 and I admit, it took some time to actually create something I can proudly stand behind. It finally happened but I keep working on my writing and composing skills all the time.
My latest single Stay Up for example, is about overcoming obstacles and challenges life throws at you as you are trying to live life as best as possible and reach your goals despite all the noise and negativity some people have.
I found it extremely important to stay resilient to negative energies that sometimes cross your path and find the strength to ignore them or resolve them into something that can lift you up instead of dragging you down. This is exactly what this song is about.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
RN: I truly believe in the power of social media, and although it has many downsides, this is a great way to connect with my crowd all around the world. I love sharing with them everything about the process of making the music and also love to hear their opinions and thoughts. You’d be surprised what great ideas and tips they can give.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
RN: Honestly, I don’t have a certain opinion on online music downloading and I think everybody should listen to music the way that fits them best. Of course streaming is now the dominant channel for music lovers, so if some of them rather listen to music by downloading it, that is totally fine by me.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RN: If there could be one song out there that would probably be “Creep” by Radiohead. This is one of the songs I’m more connected to, and can easily relate to the music and lyrics. I actually perform with a cover version of Creep every time I do a show just because it’s one of the greatest songs ever written from my point of view.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
RN: When people make noises while they’re eating. That can honestly freak me out!
People singing off key.
Except for these two I’m a nice person overall haha
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
RN: My proudest moment in music is definitely the moment when I completed the production of the 10th single with THE ANIMAL FARM. We worked so hard to make those 10 singles as awesome as can be and I was so proud of myself to have reached that point.
I know it’s not some music award or a platinum album, but I know I never thought I could achieve that a year ago and to me, this is everything.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
RN: I keep writing new songs constantly, but at the moment, we’re focusing on presenting the existing music to the world. I just released the music video for my latest single “Stay Up” which was very exciting and now heading for the next music video. I’m an actor as well, so I LOVE music videos and can’t wait to make the next one.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
RN: The brand new single “Stay Up” is available now on Amazon music, iTunes and every other platform. When you’re purchasing and listening to it, please let me know what you think on my Instagram page @roy_niv.