Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Zach: We are a 3 piece hard rock band from Nova Scotia, Canada. The band consists of Zach Smith on guitar/ vocals, Ethan Smith on drums/ vocals, and Leo Cox on bass/ vocals.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Zach: Ethan and I are brothers, and we’ve been playing together since we were old enough to play. We’ve played with a few other people under different names, all of which were fairly short-lived. Leo was introduced to us by his junior high school music teacher, who is a friend of our family. We liked playing faster rock stuff, and we needed someone who could keep us. The first song we did was ‘Hot for Teacher’ by Van Halen, and Leo had no problem holding it down. It was pretty clear that we had something good.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Zach:Our influences are pretty diverse. Individually we go in lots of different directions, but as a band I’d say we focus around the Guns n Roses, Van Halen, Metallica sort of sound. But there’s lots of other stuff in there too, like Rush or Alice In Chains.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Zach: We hope to be able to make a good living by playing full time, and touring the world.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Leo: All three of us contribute to songwriting, however Zach and Ethan do most of the lyrics and I’m more of the “riff guy”. Our songs are generally about experiences we’ve individually had, or some are our opinions on world events.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Leo: The bulk of our promotion comes from our social media platforms and word of mouth. If it’s a larger, more public show we may have flyers put up to promote ourselves and the venue. But if you’re wondering where to see Stonebrother next, follow our Instagram or Facebook.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Leo: Downloading music online and streaming is a great way to promote your music and have an easy place for people to find it. However it’s not the best solution for supporting the artists, the best way to do that is buying merch, showing up to shows, and showing their music to other people. Downloading music is a great way for promotion and accessibility, but not so great for supporting artists.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Leo: I wish our band had written a tune like Stairway to Heaven. It’s just a pure masterpiece of musical expression and of talent. If we could get a tune like that, people would know we’re no joke.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Zach: Unprofessionalism. Luckily I haven’t had any experiences of that within the band, but we’ve definitely seen it around and heard stories. Just like showing up unprepared, not learning songs, or for venues, not having things they said they did, or not knowing anything about the gear/stage. If we’re playing somewhere for the first time, the last thing we need is to be trying to improvise a mic stand or whatever because somebody said they had more than they do.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Ethan: The first time we heard Mary Jane on the radio was an ethereal experience. We’ve heard it once or twice since then, and each time it’s a humbling experience, and it’s awesome to know that there are people enjoying our music.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Ethan: We have a couple songs that we’re working on and almost have finished, and we’re hoping to get back to the studio some time this year to record a full album.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Ethan: So far we have two five-song demos available, First Things First and Every Second Counts, which can be downloaded or purchased on any major streaming platform. (Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, etc)