Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
STW: I’m a music fan like anyone else. I have a day job, I pay bills. Music isn’t my living, it’s my passion. I just happen to care enough about what I make to share it, and market it.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
STW: Musically, I started as a drummer. I was in and out of a few bands that played heavier stuff. Transitioned to guitar and singer/songwriter type stuff and played guitar and sung. Fell down the guitar pedal rabbit hole and somehow I got here. There had been a long period between this project and my last. It was very overdue. It’s a departure from stuff I’ve done before, but it feels very much like home.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
STW: Musical? Coheed and Cambria, Andy McKee, Covet, the first two albums by Lifehouse. More recently Toe, God is an Astronaut, Mogwai, We Lost the Sea. I could go on all day. Non musical? My friends and family, Chesley Sullenberger, Timber Hawkeye, And just existence as a whole. You know all the crazy stuff that goes on in your mind? Just knowing that everyone has their own version of that. On some level we all want a connection, and to feel valid. Music is great for that.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
STW: Dreams? Well if my math is right I could do this full time if I got one hundred billion streams a month or so! I just want to keep going right now. This first release has been really amazing, it’s gone better than I thought. I have new stuff on the way too, so if I can just keep it up a few years I believe the music will be in a good place. I went far too many years just wasting time. I’ve learned that things are happening either with or without you. You have to make a way for yourself, no one else is doing it for you. I just want to keep myself centered, improve as a person and musician, and be genuine as I can.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
STW: I write, perform, mix, and master everything myself right now. The songs are about whatever you like them to be really. One great thing about instrumentals is that they can mean different things to different people. I certainly had specific things in mind when I wrote them personally, but I don’t push that on anyone else.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
STW: Can’t do shows at the moment, but I try to get out on Reddit and social media some. I genuinely just participate in a lot of communities online and there is some organic things that happen with that. I also do a little bit of paid ads online and interviews much like this one. Nothing crazy, but I am proactive in promoting even if it’s on a small scale. I used to be one of those people that would put music out and just expect something to happen. You can’t do that, no matter how great the material is. You have to hustle and push. I’m not ashamed to say I’m a walking billboard at times.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
STW: Well I remember Napster, Bearshare, Limewire, ect. I grew up during that era. There are a subset of people out there that will try to download things illegally still, but honestly I don’t really care much; I just want to get the music out there. I remember when those services were popular it probably caused me to buy more music, because I would often download a few songs from an album to sort of preview it, and then buy the CD if I liked it. It’s easier than ever to have access now, but also easier to do things in a way that support the artists you love. If someone likes the music I do I just want them to enjoy it, pay for it, stream it, pirate it. It’s not going to make or break me either way.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
STW: Great question.. Hmmm… The Mighty Rio Grande by This Will Destroy You. I get a sense of calm, longing, and nostalgia all at once whenever I hear that song. It means a lot to me for very personal reasons, and it also got me even more into Post Rock.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
STW: When you meet another musician and they say “Let’s jam sometime” but then don’t actually follow through on scheduling anything.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
STW: I have a few through the years, but honestly my biggest one was on this record. “Voices” was the first song I finished for it. I asked my wife to take a listen, and her reaction to it was one of genuine surprise and happiness. All these years later and I’m still constantly trying to impress her. I think I did with a few songs maybe.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
STW: Right now there is a new single being released on October 5th at 3:33am. It’s called Dear Edea. A new album will probably be released this winter. I’m extremely proud of it. Right now I’m just working on a few final touches in mixing and it’s ready. I’m also considering some concept work to go with the music, but I’m really not sure. I personally have enjoyed bands that do some story with their songs. I’m considering going down that road just a little bit for fun. I’m not sure. In the meantime I’m always writing as ideas come to me.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
STW: Http://savesthewitch.com has every link to the music, merch and social media. And thank you very much for your interest and time I sincerely appreciate it.
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