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: If i was to describe myself as the artist I’d say that I have a huge appreciation for nature and my family but like anyone I battle personal demons daily and sometimes I allow the darkness to show within my music.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
S: I grew up in the foothills of Appalachia mountains with a father who loved bluegrass and that was my introduction to instruments and from there my love for music unfolds to where I’m at today with my career.
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?
S: Life inspires me to write music and I find it’s my number 1 stress relief to both listen and to write my own music. Many artist inspire me but I try to not get caught up in bands that are similar when I’m writing as I try to make my ideas as original as I can.
For this particular project I decided to write about my family and also I wrote a farewell song in case something was to happen to me and I never got to say my good byes.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
S: It would be an absolute honor to have a track of mine published on a TV series or movie and to be able to share the stage with some of my influences.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
S: I’ve toured and shared the stage with many known acts but honestly meeting fans is my proudest moment cause It’s people I can relate to and to have people like my art still blows my mind! I remember the first time I got asked for a autograph I think I smacked myself cause it didn’t feel real.
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: I find it both a struggle and a success! I can’t stand social media but unfortunately as an artist it’s today’s version of how to get recognized and without it I feel it’s almost impossible to make it.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
S: None in the books as of yet but for me it’s always been research and networking.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
S: I miss having CD’s and getting the full artwork!! But it’s where we are today. I hate as an artist with streaming sites cause it feels likes you are missing out on being paid properly and you bust your ass and spend hundreds to make penny’s and your merch is your saving grace to recoop.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
S: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen.. Because it’s literally the banger of all rock songs created.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
S: MTV not having music videos for starts hah! But seriously I think artist should be more independent vs the middlemen taking all their money and it shouldn’t be such a struggle to get known
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
S: Currently I have finished my album and waiting on a few tracks to come back from my producer so I can set the album release date in fall.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
S: Currently streaming all major sites spotify, iTunes etc, band camp and follow my Facebook and Instagram!