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?
SP: Hi everyone. We can describe our band as a mammoth. Heavy, sincere, imposing and warm in a cold environment where money and few values have the best. In fact, a mammoth/oliphant is our logo
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
SP: We are from Orvieto, a little small town in the middle of Italy, far 1 hour from Rome and 2 hours from Florence. We start making music in 2005 from a personal need, trying to express our intentions, emotions and thoughts. Our parents used to listen to Rock and Hard Rock, so therefore for us it came spontaneous and not forced express ourselves in a band with this sound. But that wasn’t easy at all. Italy are a little bit mentally closed to this type of music (Hard Rock, Metal) but now we are at our third album released on 12th November.
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?
SP: Our greatest inspiration is life itself. We constantly try to catch in our souls the experiences and tella a story.
The topics covered in our lyrics and music are many and all different: fear, joy, anger, loathe and sadness, all subdued by a dualistic dimensional loop in which they crave for an unknowable threefold one in order to escape. We try to expose an emotion or a feeling to a limit.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
SP: We aspire to communicate as best we can! Consequently, be able to play all over the world and have fun with all the fans. We know that’s a simple thought but that’s the truth hahaha.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
SP: We believe that the proudest moments are all the opening act we’ve done with international artist like Down, Corrosion of Conformity, Helmet, Dave Lombardo’s Philm, T.M. Stevens, Lafaro, Paul Di Anno, ecc. Maybe the proudest ever was with COC, we had a lot of fun in backstage with them and was a huge concert.
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?
SP: Yeah such a hard challenge. Internet helps a lot, but now we are all a needle in a haystack and getting noticed is difficult! We believe the difference between a home studio and a real recording studio it’s obvious and anyone can hear it. For this we’ve always chosen to produce our music in a recording studio, in our case, Andrea Mescolini’s Bonsai Recording Studio. Our promotion is going pretty well thanks to the help of Zach of MetalDevastation and AgainstPR, but keeping the attention for a long time is always difficult. Fortunately also there are people like you PD, who help us a lot to get to the ears of many.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
SP: We’re searching a new booking management in this moment. So if anyone wants to come forward, you know how to find us hahaha. Now the clubs/festivals are calling us to play or we look personally for some clubs/festivals. We don’t have gigs soon, we refused some offers, many shows have already set for spring and summer. Maybe, and we repeat maybe, we will be in tour in summer 2023. We still have to agree on some details. But we invite you to follow us on Instagra, Facebook, YouTube and all our socials to have news about that.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
SP: Unfortunately, we don’t like them much, they pay little and we miss the contact with the physical product. They are undoubtedly a great resource for an emerging band. In addition, fortunately, the reproduction quality is increasing year by year and vinyl is coming back into fashion, although the cost of production is very high! Another point in favour of digitization is that it pollutes much less. So it’s a give-and-take. The important thing is to listen to music and have fun.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SP: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath. That’s our point. We think it’s the perfect song and it has radically changed the music. A spectacular set of everything you can look for.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
SP: There are many things we would change. Celebrity culture doesn’t help it just creates an endless supply of people who are more than willing to take place. It’s a fucking rat race. Major Label are only looking for money machines and not valid content or “educated” music. But let’s not dwell on this.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
SP: At the moment we’re starting to work on a new single. We have about 20 riffs in our mind and hard disk hahah. So soon we think to start working on the next album, but right now we have to work on creating an online shop and promoting our third album “III” with PR and live concerts.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
SP: As we told you before we’re working on a online shop and we promise you that you will be one of the first to know. Anyone can buy our music on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon and all the platforms.
Y’all can find us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer…wherever you want. We also have a Telegram Channel for those who wants to have special and exclusive content to feels more in touch with us. In short we’re on all social networks and we will be happy to welcome you all and read and reply all your comments, messages and DM.
We wanna really thank you PD for supporting and giving us a chance for get heard and noticed by many people.