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Shallowpoint – 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? 

S: My name is Heather AKA Heather Shallowpoint, I play with the band Shallowpoint, based right outside of Knoxville Tn.  I have played bass guitar since I was sixteen years old. I’m no fancy bassist by any stretch, but I’m alright when it comes to keeping the bottom end going!  Shallowpoint as a band, plays mostly hard rock/metal style music, ranging from slow ballads to more metal sound. We have two new band members, Josh Kelsey on guitar and Jett Bobo on drums!  Both of these guys are awesome creative musicians and we are so happy to of met them!

 

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

S: I was born in Nashville Tn, I now reside right outside of Knoxville Tn. my mother sang in a rock band when I was a kid. I later ended up playing bass guitar with her band, as their bass player quit suddenly right before a show! So I was thrown on bass and given a crash course, turned out that it came to me quite naturally and I’ve played every since then.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences?

S: What do you like to write about in your songs?  I am inspired by sooo many bands, from the past as well as current bands. Too many to name truly!  I look at the people on stages in wonder as I know what it took to get there!  Our band mostly writes songs from the heart and about real life experiences.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist? 

S: I think every artist wants to make a living doing what they love. But it has become increasingly next to impossible. Even more so in a sea of amazing musicians and bands!   I personally just love to play music, anytime and anywhere, it is my favorite thing to do. And I’m happy that people take the time to listen to our music. It is amazing to see people singing the lyrics to your songs in the audience!

 

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

S: I was really proud to open for Hellyeah and to have met a legend such as Vinnie Paul!  Also proud to have played several rock festivals on main stages with great feedback.

 

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? 

S: We have been on our own doing this for a long time. It’s work but it pays off!  And now we’re very fortunate to have help from our record label  “RFL Records” and “Sambone Promotions”  These people are the best!!

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours?

S: Any performances coming up? One thing I can say is we’ve never had much of a problem getting shows. I’m usually the one that books them, but sometimes we do have help from our label and various agencies. We do have three upcoming live shows,  April 22st Louisville Ky, @Louisville Billiards,  April 21st Clarksville Tn @the warehouse concert and event center, and May 28th Bristol Tn at Thunder Mountain tavern and music barn. Looking very forward to these shows, as it’s our first time back out playing live in 2 years!

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

S: What about streaming sites like Spotify?  I never have cared much for Spotify or the whole online download thing, but it is what it is. We are fortunate in that we are still quite able to sell physical cd’s. That’s been a life saver for us!

 

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

S: Oh this is a hard question. There are soo many songs that I like and I wish I’d of written all of them lol!  I often think up a song idea and realize it’s all been done before. It’s not as easy being original these days as some might think!

 

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

S: The biggest problem with the music industry with entry level bands is for the bands to actually make money. Bands literally just cannot survive if they are not making money. A lot of people tend to atribute that to “ohh you’re just not good enough” or whatever, but that is simply just not the case. It takes money AND talent to make money, and I truly believe that only the biggest of bands  “20 year old bands”, with a long time built in following, are able to sustain a living from this anymore.

 

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

S: Right now we are working on new music, new music videos, getting our vehicles fixed for touring around this summer, all that great stuff!

 

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

S: Bandcamp is probably the best way to buy our music at this following link.– https://shallowpoint.bandcamp.com  also we will have some more cd’s available soon on our website at shallowpoint-official.com   Thank you for the interview!–  Heather/bassist of Shallowpoint

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