The Demo – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

TD: We’re an Indie Rock band but I wouldn’t pin us under that genre completely. Each song we write sounds different to the last and they tend to trickle out of Indie Rock into a few different genres. Not to say we’ll be bringing out any rap EP’s but you’ll definitely hear a bit of New Wave and Hard Rock  sounds across our music. – Nathan


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

TD: We all went to the same high school but me, Louie and Jack were all in the same year and have been good mates for years. A couple of years ago, we played 7 a side on a Monday with a few of the lads and Matt was there through a friend of a friend. We then found out he was a decent drummer with no band so put pen to paper there and then and The Demo began. Max actually supported us at our first ever gig in 2017 doing an acoustic set but only recently sprung to mind how well he’d fit in the band after playing football with him recently too. – Nathan


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

TD: Our songs are straightforward new wave, indie rock type of songs so everyone from Kings of Leon to Inhaler, it’s a broad spectrum. There are songs that sound like the strokes and there’s songs that sound more like U2. Early U2 though, not mid-life crisis U2. Non-musical influences? Life I suppose, that is what the songs are about. Escaping, getting out of here, that sort of thing. – Jack


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TD: There is no point doing this thing if you don’t want to be the biggest in the world. But then again, everyone does. For me it’s not about being the better than everyone else, it’s about being the best we can be. Were in competition with ourselves not anyone else, we just want to see ourselves do better every show and every song, then everything else should fall into place. – Jack


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

TD: Me, the guitarist, usually knocks something together in my room then I bring it to the lads at practice and we work out the melodies, the structure, and all that technical business. Then once the tune is done, the lyrics go over the top. Louie, the singer, writes most of them but I contribute here and there. Everyone has a say on whether its shit or not, and everyone puts there two pence in on different bits.  What are they about? Like I said before, life. There’s enough to write about if you look around. But definitely no political bullshit or anything on the news. Punk died a long time ago. – Jack 


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TD: Social Media is really useful for band exposure these days and our bassist, Nathan, looks after all the PR  side of things. – Louie


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TD: It’s great. I pay a fiver a month and I can listen to pretty much any song ever released. It’s a proper freedom of art that. Music is supposed to be shared and listened to. But saying that, Spotify should definitely get their hand in their pocket a bit more and pay the artists what they deserve. But to those people who moan about it constantly, at least people are listening to your song. – Jack


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

TD: Probably one of the one hit wonders like Tainted Love or Come on Eileen, make a living out of one song. – Louie


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TD: Loud eaters. Just no need for it at all. – Nathan


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TD: Seeing our first single hit all the online music stores was a great moment for us all. – Louie


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

TD: We’re constantly writing new music but the main bit at the minute for us is to improve quality of our existing stuff and live shows rather than just slogging out tune after tune with no thought or effort. – Nathan


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

TD: Check us out on Spotify and all other platforms. Our newest single ‘Apart’ is out on Friday 27 November and it’s our best song yet. The others aren’t bad too. – Louie

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