Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TRBP: I’m a producer/guitarist/songwriter, and I also spend a lot of my time recording and (mostly) mixing for other artists.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TRBP: I have been working in music for most of my life, as a recording engineer, producer and mixing engineer but three years ago I decided to sit down and write a bunch of tracks and release an album of my own music, under the name The Roadside Bandits Project.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TRBP: Classic blues guitarists like BB King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan but also the likes of Brian May, Eddie Van Halen and Jimmy Page. Producers like Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Andy Gill have always been a big influence.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TRBP: To be able to keep doing what I do!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TRBP: I write my own music but I like to co-write a song with whoever is going to sing it, I think it’s important. I tend to write about what’s happening in the world, especially about socio-political issues.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TRBP: Mostly through social media and of course online, blogs etc
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TRBP: I think it’s fine, as long as people pay for it! It takes a lot of effort, emotionally and financially, to make a record and the current model, streaming services etc, pay very little in return so independent musicians are in great disadvantage.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TRBP: I don’t know, there are so many!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TRBP: Politicians, liars, people that don’t keep their promises, people that change their mind all the time, people that can’t take a decision, conspiracy theorists, flat earthers, did I say politicians…?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TRBP: Probably being part in the making of “The Problem Of Leisure – A Celebration of Andy Gill & Gang Of Four”, a Gang Of Four covers album made in tribute to the band’s guitarist Andy Gill, I had the great opportunity to work producing, mixing and recording with some amazing musicians.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TRBP: My next album, hopefully out by the end of the year.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TRBP: The debut album and two follow up singles are available in all the streaming services and I believe there still a few copies of the special edition CD of the album in Bandcamp.