Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
W: Normally I categorize under alternative-rock/alt-pop/indie-rock/prog-rock … or something. I am a bit of a mish-mash.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
W: I became obsessed with playing drums and guitar when I was about ten. Not two instruments normally associated with female musicians (especially back then), but that just made me want to do it more.
Having struggled a lot with my identity growing up, music was a way for me to express myself. I then had a need to start sharing this with people…
When I was 16, I was playing in various pubs in Portsmouth, just me and my acoustic guitar. I wanted more – I had a much bigger sound in my head! So I starting making bigger, full-band-like productions, and gigging with a full band.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
W: I’ve always taken influence from random places, a song I heard in a bar once… that sort of thing. I wouldn’t say I have a specific set of musical influences that I go off from, which is probably what makes my music quite varied. But I do remember being inspired by Jade Bird when I wrote Drown. I wanted to write an uplifting, yet melancholic acoustic guitar-based song to pay tribute to how I started playing live!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
W: I want to make a living from my music… and tour the world.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
W: I write all the lyrics which are inspired by my relationships with people and the world and my life experiences, and most of the musical parts.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
I generally use social media to make people aware of what’s coming up. My social media handles are @wyseupyourlife
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
W: I don’t love that it’s made making a living from music a lot harder, but it is what it is. I hope the way streaming services pay artists improves. I think a lot of people genuinely don’t realise the extent of the crisis the music industry is in.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
W: Hundreds! But I’ll choose a recent song: Pixey – Free to Live in Colour. She has created a whole new universe with that sound. I just love the production and the song-writing.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
W: People who believe that amongst the thousands of different philosophies, religions and opinions that exist in the world, that their personal views and values happen to be the ones that are faultlessly correct…
Also, the sound of cutlery scraping on a plate
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
W: Getting together a team of people who really believe in what I’m doing and are just as passionate as I am… reflecting on the EP that’s been created as a result, that makes me feel proud.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
W: I’m currently finishing recording the next EP that follows Anomalies! And writing the next next one. And preparing for some live shows.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
W: My first two singles from my Anomalies EP are out: Not That Sorry and Drown. And Anomalies is out from October 01. You can find them on all major streaming services and they can be bought from Bandcamp – (https://wyse.bandcamp.com or iTunes.
Thank you Pete!
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