Weekend Recovery – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
WR: I try not to focus on putting myself into a box as the industry is constantly changing and what draws me in is also changing as I discover new bands and new ways to write music. During lockdown I’ve really utilised this time to discover music that I wouldn’t usually listen too – glam rock is really taking my fancy at the moment!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WR: I actually began as a theatre kid studying at The MTA in London (Musical Theatre Academy) I then went on to become a dancer, during this time I decided that I wanted to make my own shows and have my own way of doing things so I then wanted to be the next female Ed Sheeran. My bassist at the time introduced me to Paramore where my love of heavier music surfaced, now I drive along listening to the likes of Strange Bones, Slaves, Saint Agnes – but also Phantom of the Opera on the sly.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WR: I LOVE Eminem like legit would be my dream to partner up with him, other bands I’m really into are Calva Louise, Foxy Shazam and Snayx. Outside of music I read a lot of manga and play Final Fantasy as much as I can between working and gigging – Final Fantasy 7 & 10 are my favs if you’re interested – the music and the artwork are incredible!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WR: To be the lead in a West End show!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WR: The songs are written by me and my bassist Josh – I try not to let on what my songs are about as to me they are about my own struggles – however, for anyone listening it could mean something completely different and it feels wrong to deprive them of their own interpretation. That’s what I hate about when you find a song that hits you in the feels and then the artist says no no it’s actually about a cheese sandwich – it’s hard to relate to that – of course I may be speaking for myself!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
WR: The devil that is social media – it’s such a great platform to reach people that may only go out to gigs rather than on the off chance may see a poster whilst stumbling home pissed up looking for the nearest pie shop. We do flyer and drop around posters but nowadays I think people are so reliant on their phones etc a cheeky facebook event reminder doesn’t hurt.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WR: I mean it saves on storage. I’m a little comme ci comme ca – it’s great that you have everything on your device and you can listen easily, but on the other hand the revue for artists is piss poor – I personally like a vinyl or a cd bit on momento.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WR: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room cos it’s a perfectly written song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WR: People shit posting – I live by if you have nothing nice to say scroll on. That and bands not sticking around at gigs to support the other bands who are playing that evening – I just think it’s rude and up and coming bands I believe, will progress so much better by helping each other.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
WR: Getting my Danelectro endorsement – as someone who has very little confidence in my shredding abilities this really was a great achievement for me. I only started playing guitar about four years prior and as a lead I learnt the whole set in 3 weeks when Owen stepped down. Sounds like a humble brag that but seriously was a real testament to hard work paying off.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WR: Currently I’m waiting for my take out to arrive (curry if you’re interested) we have our single There’s A Sense coming out 5th June – which I’m super excited about.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
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