Winterhearth – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
W: Well Pete, I guess you would say I’m a musician who writes, records and performs his own music.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
W: Well I was born and raised in Bonavista, Newfoundland. In grade 7 my father surprised me with an acoustic guitar. I think he was hoping I go country but I went into full on Metal as the years progressed. I’ve been non stop learning guitar and bass to this day. After highschool I attended a Music & Recording Arts program and not long after I got a job as a technician in the audiovisual industry. By day I’m a technician but by night I’m a musician who will creep up and entertain you!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
W: For starters, I can put my family in both because of the unconditional support they gave me throughout the years and helped pay me through college and my uncle is an excellent guitarist and vocalist. For musical influences I loved guitarist like Dave Mustaine, Brian Tatler, Jeff Waters or Alexi Laiho. Metal guitarists are like the wild west gunslingers of rock music. Now I’m listening to hundreds of bands at all times. I love and take influence from everything from Kreator, to Ice Cube to Kate Bush and everything in between. Non-musical influences definately my manager and co-workers. They always show me a different perspective on things and it helps me refine who I am. I also love professional wrestlers and MMA fighters. They’re putting their body on the line just to entertain you. Huge animation fan to. Makes me think of how can I produce music that portrays this image I’m seeing.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
W: My dreams and goals always change. To me I want to be successful and what better way of being a success than doing what you love to do while being able to make a sustainable income from it. On the checklist though I would love to hear my music one day in an animation, a video game or seeing a fighter come out with my music hyping the audience as they walk out.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
W: I write all the music. Yes I say to the guys here’s the structure put your flare in so it’s not just the Andrew show haha! Lyrically I cover everything from Newfoundland folklore, some songs are about the occult and I’m a history nerd. Both the occult and history I always try to write from the outside looking in I guess you would say. With the occult I got a song like Witchcraft from Curse the Summer about a kid being bullied who gets into the dark arts but what goes around comes around. With history I try to write from the perspective of showing the corruption from those with “power” and how they manipulate people for their gains rather it be territorial, personal, monetary, the list goes on.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
W: We do a lot of promoting digitally. It’s great because you have all your analysis and stats at the touch of a button. Locally for shows I love getting my exercise in and postering around. It’s awesome seeing your band logo everywhere, annoying everybody haha!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
W: I love streaming services and being able to purchase music digitally. I’ll always be a vinyl/CD lover at heart because I like physically holding my music but times are changing. There has been some controversy recently with Spotify’s CEO and his comments regarding on the lines of don’t expect to make money releasing music once every few years. I try to take that in a different direction by saying to myself maybe music will go back to say in the 50s where it was radio singles and people buying up 45s like mad. Now in regards to the illegal side with P2P and torrents. Aside from making sure you stop digital priates, if you can figure out the majority of where your music is being illegally downloaded you could always try and promote your merch in those areas to try and combat any loses as much as possible.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
W: From an artistic perspective I would say a toss up between Heartwork By Carcass or Needled 24/7 by Children of Bodom. Both bands play a massive roll in how I approach and execute music. Both songs show how music can be sinister but still have verses and choruses. Now from a monetery aspect I would say Am I Evil? by Diamond Head cause imagine the royalties they get from Metallica or honestly any song from Disney’s catalog that would get me set for life.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
W: Making repeatative mistakes like all the times I die in the videogame CupHead and it’s literally the same spot everytime! Now on a more serious note when people try and dictate to you how you should be writing because all of a sudden they’re experts in music when the most they listen to is whats on mainstream radio. People who think cause the production sound of an album is not to their taste means it’s no good. Prime example, St. Anger snare. You honestly think James Hetfield cares what someone thinks when the band loved that sound when Bob Rock showed them. Guess what? The album was still a success and no. 1 on the charts. Where’s your magical portfolio with your musical accomplishments?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
W: I have two that I can’t decide between. One is being the day I held Curse the Summer in my hands because I finally had a physical copy of my own music. The other being the release of Riverbed Empire. I’m the only original member left and I went from thinking Winterhearth could be dead to a brand new album with tons of traction and I’m so happy with the music itself and how it can stand on its own.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
W: Right now we’re working on different approaches to the livestream show market. Saying Covid 19 turned the entertainment industry upside down is an understatement. Aside from that I’m always writing music. When I’m at work I’m even writing music in my head. Who knows the melodies I’m humming today in my mind may be a new Winterhearth song down the road.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
W: We will have our new webstore https://stillheavyproductions.bigcartel.com up very soon(or maybe now pending when this interview gets released). Follow us on Facebook for updates at www.facebook.com/winterhearthmetal. Our music digitally is avaialble on streaming platforms. Be sure to check out our Instagram as well. It was a pleasure having a chat with you Pete! All the Best!
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