Interview with Singer / bassist Paul van Valkenburghof Tubefreeks and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
PvV: Hi Pete… Paul van V from Tubefreeks here. Thanks for having me for the interview! About us, we’re just a bunch of regular guys who love heavy rock. We love to write it, record it, listen to it, and play it! If it rocks, we love it!!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
PvV: I came from a family of musicians and the other guys in Tubefreeks are accomplished musicians too. We all started out in lots of different bands, including cover bands, just to learn the ropes. Then we all came together to play in Tubefreeks. We’re from the Maryland and Pennsylvania areas.
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?
PvV: Our inspiration comes from the music we all love and grew up with. We literally love hundreds and hundreds of hard rock and metal bands as well as other types of music. Our songs aren’t about anything specific, but just about everything in life!
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
PvV: We’re just trying to get our music out there to be heard to be honest. There’s so much information overload and noise in society, it’s hard to get people to sit down and actually jam to a new song. So, one by one, we hope to turn new fans on to our brand of rock, which we feel is kickin’!!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
PvV: Live it might be playing the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, which is a major festival, twice. As a band, it’s recording and releasing our 4 albums.
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?
PvV: You nailed it on the head. It’s really hard to promote with so much out there. It’s great that technology has made recording a lot more affordable and accessible, but it makes it tougher to get people’s attention. It better be good right!!??
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
PvV: We mainly book and promote our live shows ourselves. We just played a show in West Virginia and have a lot more on the way for 2023.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
PvV: It’s great that you can have your music heard anywhere and that so many people have access to it. Still though, those big sites all tend to only promote bigger bands so it’s easy for your stuff to just basically sit there and rot. So, you still have to go try to drive people to follow your band. Plus those sites all pay peanuts to bands, which is no good, but that’s a whole different subject.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PvV: I’m happy with the stuff we’ve written.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
PvV: Any industry is a marketplace and there is competition. So, do people do ruthless and hardcore stuff to get ahead? Of course they do. But they do that in all types of industries. So, there’s nothing in particular I don’t like about the industry other than normal moans and groans about people not getting paid enough and so much competition. But you can only bitch about that stuff so much, because in the end we are happy there is an industry and we can still get in front of new people, even if it is hard.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
PvV: We’re working on booking shows for 2023 and are always writing new material.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
PvV: You can reach us through tubefreeks.com … the best streaming site is probably BandCamp but we’re on all of the sites. And we have shirts, hats, cds, and more through our website and at our shows! And look for us on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Have a great day!
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