ST. Aurora – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

SA: Hmm well, I’m usually doing everything I possibly can. Every small project or even bigger ones are always opportunities to try out new stuff. I tend to do emotional stuff, usually about negative feelings, but that’s probably something that keeps my head clear from those kinds of thoughts. I like to handle hard stuff writing it down and getting a catchy melody around it. I also like to appear like something is clearly wrong with my head all though there isn’t. (Or is there?)


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

SA: I started my career when I was about 16. I got invited to a punk band to play drums and soon got into singing and the idea of being on a front man’s position started to creep in my head as a dream. I then joined in my second band Infectionist and then later on got invited to St. Aurora. I’ve done theater almost as long as I’ve done music and that’s my official profession.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

SA: Well I’m not sure if I have any real idols that are not in contact with music at all. Maybe I would name Charlie Chaplin as a non-musical influence. Considering musical influences I’d say the biggest are Slipknot (Corey Taylor) and Avenged Sevenfold (M Shadows). They’ve made the biggest influence in my music taste and the way i write lyrics and music in general. Also in the last couple of years I’ve opened my eyes and saw all the rather new artists like Palaye Royale, Nothing more, Badflower and Yungblud and they all inspire me a very big amount. Also Travis Barker is a huge inspiration in the way he combines people from different genres.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

SA: To be able to create stuff that inspires people to create themselves. To be a person who could spread courage to be who they are and create what they love. I want to be able to go through every weird project and expand my knowledge in music, acting and other arts. I want to learn to get bored.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

SA: The songs featured in They All Remember EP were basically written by our bassist Ero. He built the foundations and we all put up the walls together and painted them with our blood! We’re working on new music and with them we realize that everybody’s got ideas of new songs, so now the writing process is more of teamwork thing. I write the lyrics myself but I usually get help from the boys when we’re fitting them into the song. The EP’s songs all have their own thematics, but overall they are stories about my personal fears and history. The title song They All Remember is about memory loss and the fear I have towards it.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

SA: We try to keep active in social media but the biggest promoting comes from our marketing team.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

SA: I think that’s a load of bullshit after they made music as achievable as spotify and youtube. Nowadays if you’re gonna download music, you’re doing it out of protest and I loathe that.


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

SA: I’m not sure I ever wanted the credit out of something that wasn’t mine. Hard to imagine myself in that kind of position. But I’ll answer with the best song written to this day; A Little Piece of Hell by Avenged Sevenfold.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

SA: I guess one of em is people who only listen to one certain genre and can’t open their mind to anything else because of their decision not to like anything else.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

SA: Not sure if it’s the proudest one yet but the chorus from They All Remember is one of them. I really love the way I hit the high fry stuff there!


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

SA: We’re just getting ready for our debut show opening up for Temple Balls at On the Rocks, Helsinki. After the gig we’re gonna focus on all the new stuff we’ve put together. We got 2 almost an EP’s worth of material that I can’t WAIT to show the world.


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

SA: In our shows we are there with you and not for you. I want an ultimate friend experience out of every show I do. I wanna be able to give high fives and shake hands (maybe not now but in the future) and make every show special for the people in the room. Everyone of us loves to go nuts over music and that energy is something that will spin your socks right off! Thanks for the questions, and we’ll see you at the venue! Stay safe, stay healthy and stay bored, ‘cause nothing is ever created if we don’t.

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