Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
10 Gauge are:
Lead Vocals – Rob Jewson
Lead Guitar – TJ – Tom Jennings
Guitar – Kieran Best
Bass – Gareth Dearing
Drums – Neil Felgate
PD: What type of artist are you?
10G: We are hard rock, progressing into Alt Rock. With plenty of classic rock/metal thrown in.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
10G: (TJ) I have been a self taught guitarist since the age of 9, when my dad first introduced me to it. I grew up listening to rock and roll records, and the Beatles. Progressing into brit rock with oasis then into American pop rock with the offspring. From there, my love with the guitar just grew and playing was everything to me. I have been in bands since the age of 13. Going from covers bands to originals, then finally getting the opportunity to get my own band together playing originals that I had written. From there i haven’t looked back! 10 Gauge is my life, a culmination of my musical journey so far. Playing with my brothers in 10 Gauge is what I’ve been searching for…for years, and right now musically, I feel that we are just getting stronger and i am excited for our future and what we can achieve.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
10G: My musical influences songwriting wise would have to beJohn Lennon and Paul MaCartney for sure, Noel gallagah , Mark Tremonti and David Bowie
Guitar wise gotta start with the man …. SLASH, big time , he is just so cool! Then its Mark Tremonti again, he is just has that balance of technical ability meets passion, and its just great!
Gary moore for sure, i mean just look at the guy play!
Santana as well, i remember the first time i heard ‘Smooth’ thinking…..oh my yes! Then getting the pleasure of being told about the fact he was a legend ! Being very young at the time my uncle Kenny, who is one of the most accomplished blues/jazz players you’ll likely see….I’m bias of-course, showed me …..him playing an SG.
Non musical influences, the only one that i can say is my Dad, he is and always will be my biggest influence. He has been my driving force my whole career and he has been through all my ups and all my downs. I could never have done any of this without him
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
10G: My dream is the cliché dream of any musician thats ever sat in their room and closed their eyes and pictured walking out at Wembley stadium, even just as the support act, or at a big festival, and the fact those amazing fans connect with something you have done….ultimate dream that. The goal is just to share what we do with as many people as will give us the time, we all love giving fans music they connect with and that they can help them through any times, good or bad.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
10G: I write the songs (TJ) a big majority of which were already written before 10 Gauge was formed. But i still do all of the writing, only because when i get an idea, it comes together so fast most of the time , that by the time i’ve had the chance to even let them know there is a new idea, ive got the bulk of the music and lyrics together. We then fine tune them in the studio and we are ready to go.
Most of the songs i like to have a positive, get up and shrug things off kinda vibe. I write songs to ‘g’ myself up mainly. Its a great way to get frustrations out by putting pen to paper. Be it a song or a poem or even just a diary, song writing has helped me so much to get through very tough times. So you will find that within my songs, almost self motivational. I do like to try and tell a story with all my songs though.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
10G: Neil does all the main bulk of that i’ll let him explain….
Social media..social media…..Social media. Basically posts, adverts, video, images and blogs.
Facebook, instagram, Spotify YouTube. The list goes on. The issue is it can be so time consuming, so we have to concentrate on one or two areas at first. We are constantly building.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
10G: (Neil) Obviously like all musicians, we want to do what we love and have the music support us financially. But to do that a band needs exposure to a large audience. Streaming in the current climate seems to be the only way to do get to the masses, however, streaming doesn’t have the same financial benefits as record sales.
(TJ) Myself I think there are obviously good and bad points, but for us, where mainly we look for exposure rather than the monetary side of things. Just our stuff being out there and being listened to is positive.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
10G: (TJ) its got to be something like Shine on you crazy diamond by Floyd…..because….its shine on you crazy diamond….its epic! haha But that being said I’m glad i didn’t, i would have f***ed it up!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
10G: (TJ) I think I’m probably everyones pet peeve! Haha! Erm myself i guess other bands not helping if s**t goes wrong with equipment on stage…..come on guys , we are all in the same boat
(Neil) – All drummers know this pain! The the gear after a show, being left to load up while the rest of the band let their hair down. Although in recent years I must say since joining 10 Gauge the guys do work as a team before, during and after a gig…. Mostly…Haha….. Plus we do have a small crew who help out also which is awesome.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
10G: (TJ) My personal proudest moment is when i got to perform a song i had written for my grandad who had passed. I don’t usually do solo stuff when we are performing as 10 Gauge, but the opportunity came up when we played a festival in Bedford. So I played just me on stage, as the last song. When i got off stage a young dude came up to me, tears in his eyes, and he told me that he had just lost his grandad and the song instantly made him feel not grief but joy and happiness, it was the most amazing feeling to share that with someone.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
10G: Well, new music is always being worked on, we have a great number of tracks that we are looking to record and get into our new set. The next 2 singles that we have already recorded have to have videos made so thats always exciting coming up with new visuals to accompany the tracks along with artwork. So there is plenty going on there, but also looking forward to getting back to playing live and connecting with our fans, so we are getting booked up ready to rock out again!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
10G: We have our first single – Hand you’re Dealt
our EP – Rain’s Comin’
Single – Knight of the Living Dead
Our new single – I’m Broken
We are currently in the process of setting up an online shop to add to www.10gauge.co.uk for Audio and merchandise.
You can buy and stream our music on all the usual platforms.
iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon music, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Pandora, and Napster to name a few.