Interview with Charlie Howell of Star Pixel and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CH: We are a 2-piece rock band playing what we describe as Electro-Grunge
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CH: The band started during the first lockdown in Spring 2020, after an earlier conversation between Charlie and Gavin about a new project, combining 90s-style grunge guitar music with modern electronic styles like drum&bass/dubstep. Working remotely, we recorded parts of songs and sent them back and forth to develop them, whilst having online video discussions. We had previously played together in several bands, over many years.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CH: My main musical influences include bands from the 90s like Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Nirvana, as well as more recent bands like Royal Blood and Nova Twins, who show just what you can do in a band with two people! Electronic acts like Orbital and Aphex Twin have always been massive influences on my music as well. Non-musical influences…? Not sure about that one!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CH: Just to get heard! We’re not bothered about any fame or fortune, it would just be great if more people could get the opportunity to hear what we are doing, and hopefully enjoy it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CH: We share the writing duties fairly evenly. Topics range from mental health to dystopian futures!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CH: We’ve been doing a fair amount of online promos on Spotify, YouTube and social media. We don’t currently have any shows lined up in the near future.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CH: We’re both a bit old-fashioned and still tend to buy CDs! But I’ve been buying a lot more music as downloads recently. Although the streaming services are great for discovering new music, the artists’ earnings from them are a bad joke, so I try to buy tracks/albums from places like BandCamp where the artist gets a much better deal, rather than pay for streaming.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CH: ‘Hysteria’ by Muse – that bassline is a killer, and is the kind of thing I would write if I could actually play it! When the drums and guitar come in, it just sounds absolutely massive.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CH: Overuse of Autotune. It has its place, and can sound amazing, but sometimes it sounds like polishing a turd.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CH: Finishing and releasing our debut album ‘Hadron Kaleidoscope’. We did pretty much everything ourselves on this record, and it has been a true labour of love.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CH: We are taking a short hiatus following the album launch, but have several new songs in the pipeline that we hope to be able to share in the near future, with a different tone and feel.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
CH: Our album ‘Hadron Kaleidoscope’ is out now, available as download or CD from BandCamp: https://starpixel.bandcamp.com/album/hadron-kaleidoscope as well as all the usual download/streaming sites. The album also includes the four single releases we had previously.