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?
TR: Hard Working and friendly but also professionals. We are pretty accommodating when we need to be but at the same time, we expect professionalism from other acts/promoters just like they would expect from us,
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
TR: I am from Perth Western Australia. Started learning classical guitar was i was 11 and the natual progression of being a teenager took over and classical music got boring and you start learning rock/heavy metal and it goes from there, wish i kept with the classical side as my playing would have benefited from it down the track but hey how life goes sometimes!
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?
TR: The other guys in the band inspire me, but also my influences Aswell, the genre we write compared to what we all listen to in the band is vastly different but that’s what makes Tempest Rising who we are today, I feed off other local bands that are kicking goals as well as you can relate to them being a local and on your level.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
TR: To become a touring band, Thats the life goal, to be able to afford to play on the road and make it a day job, that’s the dream we all have, we aren’t in it to make the money (not complaining if we did) but enough money have some where clean to sleep each night and some food and we would be set, like I said we aren’t a fussy bunch
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?
TR: I agree so you really need to put out a “polished” product to stand out from the rest of the “bedroom” bands in some cases I think it’s worth putting all your eggs in a basket and saving up enough money to release 1 really good single instead of a half assed Album/EP. Big online presence is another thing you need to fork money out for but it’s worth it this day and age,
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
TR: Most of it is done in house. we have contacts that help us out with tours etc but we tend look after it all ourselves at this present time, nothing at the moment, we are currently sorting out a line-up change so we will more than likely wait until it settled before we press ahead
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
TR: It’s a catch 22 the music industry has changed so much, it’s great that music is so easily accessible now but obviously with the downloading and steaming (which artists get stuff all) it’s hard to make money so you really need to head out on the road, which at the moment is near on impossible!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TR: Slayer==Angel of Death enough said ?
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
TR: Bands/Artists making more money than they do, especially the smaller ones!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TR: Currently have released 2x Singles with a 3rd and 4th over the coming months, while we look at a replacement guitarist. once this run is done, we will continue to write and try and plan what the 2021 will look like,
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
TR: You can check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Stream on Spotify and Apple Music, subscribe on YouTube or visit www.tempestrising.com.au
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