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?
JAMES PHILLIPS (JP): SZABOTAGE may be described as original, theatrical hard rock.
MIKE DYKEMAN (MD): When I consider the material that this band created, the words respect, mature, depth and focused surface.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
JP: The band personnel are from Ottawa, Hawaii and Vancouver. They have historically played music together in combinations over the last 20 years, and creatively culminated into the remote project they are presently due to outrageous circumstances ie pandemic.
MD: No, because you said “briefly” lol! MAN! So many stories that would take too many pages! Such GREAT stories though!!! Here, let’s consider the math: James and Vic = 17 years. Grant and I = 17 years. Vic and I = 35 years!!! Call me when “briefly” isn’t part of the question. OR BETTER, drop by. Bring whiskey!!!
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?
JP: We are inspired by anything that is honest and interesting, usually with an edge. The content of SZABOTAGE deals with life and its challenges from uniquely alternative, yet universal, perspectives.
MD: Many things are inspirational. There is SO MUCH AMAZING music!!! But in the instance of SZABOTAGE, Vic, James and Grant inspired the hell outta me. So much so, that I almost don’t have any hell left in me. But, I do ;)!
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
VICTOR SZABO (VS): To be unafraid and genuinely original.
JP: Our aspirations are to complete what is on the table and to carry out the next level, which is always changing, so that our music may naturally cultivate and be heard by those that it reaches.
MD: To be a functional part of a band like SZABOTAGE. It would also be cool to play a few MAJOR festivals, and a couple of small clubs with these guys! I would also like to lose 20 lbs – You know, for the tour.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
JP: Our proudest moment is always in the present.
MD: There were definitely some magic moments during the creation of Six-Pack.
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?
JP: Our promotion resources have been far-reaching and we are very excited to be noticed by places remote to us relatively speaking, such as your publication in Greece.
MD: Promotion has ALWAYS been the toughest part. So much has changed but the opportunities today are amazing! For example, having access to folks like yourself is frigging priceless!!!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
JP: The band as it is known thus far has not yet played a live show. However, the band understands that live performance will be inevitable, and looks forward to that day.
MD: Please let us get back to you on this.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
JP: We like to download music and are grateful for others that are able to access our stuff where ever they happen to be, from the vast musical universe that is available to them.
MD: It’s all good. I mean, it sucks that artists have lost the revenue stream of CDs and LPs, etc, but it’s all give and take. Where things have been lost, things have been found. Circle of life.
VS: It’s an amazing platform for an unknown, independent band like us.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JP: We don’t know if we wish or not!
MD: 46 and Two by Tool. But then, I likely wouldn’t love it as deeply as I do. So…
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
JP: The music industry seems to be changing a lot, but as musicians our job is to create music and allow the songs to mysteriously make their own path, which they did with you.
MD: In this particular moment, I don’t have any solutions to offer. Therefore, I won’t talk about things that I might not like.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JP: At the moment, there is a new piece on the table which has initial guitars ready, a blazing little number that is sweetly brief and sustains a raging intensity from start to finish, which will have frenetic vocals soon added to the mix, before the work in progress ships off to Ottawa, for the punishing drums and bass to be added. This is the creative process of SZABOTAGE.
MD: There is a new track coming in the works, and there are approximately 5 to 6 more tracks to finish up. Ideally we will have a full length album to offer by the end of the year.
VS: Hope to get some live shows going soon. The thought of it makes me giddy.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
JP: SZABOTAGEband.com is our base, the site has album reviews and all relevant information in regard to our band. Uur music is available on every known streaming platform. It has been a pleasure fielding these questions, and please do rock on, with best wishes from SZABOTAGE.
MD: Hit the website. The team has done a phenomenal job putting and keeping that stuff up!
VS: Get your hand on some killer merch… and thanks a ton Pete Devine for including SZABOTAGE on Pete’s Rock News and Views!…