Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
APS: You could say I’m a solo artist that hides behind a band name. A Permanent Shadow is basically a solo project in which I surround myself with different collaborators.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
APS: Well, I used to be a drummer for many years until I got fed up with playing other people’s songs, so I decided to start singing my own compositions. In parallel, I founded The Magic and Loss Orchestra, a Lou Reed tribute that helped me hone my craft as a singer and frontman. Since then, I released one album under the moniker A Permanent Shadow, with a second longplay due for release in early 2022.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
APS: I have been a fan o the Sacred Triangle of Bowie, Iggy and Lou Reed for many years, so they have obviously had an influence on my music. Outside of music, I admire uncompromising and fearless artists such as Basquiat and Warhol and filmmakers like Guy Richie who oscillate effortlessly between mainstream and underground.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
APS: An obvious dream would be to dedicate more time to creating, recording and performing. I have a couple of dream scenarios when it comes to recording, for instance, Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio in Bath comes to mind, as well as Youth’s recording facilities in Granada, Spain, with him producing. Collaborating with different kinds of musicians and having amazing experiences until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil, I could sign off on that!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
APS: I write all the lyrics and basic melodies and for the arrangements I work with two producers. I don’t play any melodic instrument – just drums and percussion – so I need other players to flesh out the songs. Luckily, I’ve established a modus operandi which works quite well. I work with one guy, Albert, on pre-production and with another, Valentin, in the recording studio. Albert plays keyboards and Valentin guitars and bass. The first album was called “Songs of Loss” and lyrically dealt with different types of loss. The second record has a broader range of themes, but it’s not a happy-go-lucky record either. Loss, despair and rage are the central emotions that inform my songwriting. On “Humdrum”, our second album, you’ll find songs about the corporate world, ageing, tsunamis and self-help gurus among other topics.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
APS: Mainly on social media, but I do believe in the power of radio and printed media, though they are more difficult to access. We don’t play live a lot, but we make sure we record some interesting live-in-studio stuff on a regular basis to share with our fans. And lots of videos. I’ve worked with a very delightful video producer for years now, and we did four videos for the first album and have already another three in the can for the second one.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
APS: Today music is perceived as a commodity, like running water or electricity. You pay a monthly fee and are entitled to consume as much as you want. No one sells albums or singles anymore. If you are not a big live draw, it’s not easy to make a living. I haven’t yet hit upon the formula that allows me to make any profit from music. But maybe it shouldn’t be about that anyway. That said, I’ve downloaded music myself, so I am as guilty as anybody else. What gets lost in a world of streaming and free downloads is the excitement and the appreciation of the artistry that goes into album covers, or the concept of an album as a song cycle rather than just listening to individual tracks on playlists.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
APS: I think “Magazine” by Editors is an amazing song. It has clever lyrics, is catchy as hell and blends classic New Wave with modern-day production values. Exactly the kind of music I like and I’d like to be able to write.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
APS: I have a particular aversion against people that display a clear lack of empathy. Rudeness and a bloated ego are other aspects that quickly drive me away from a person. And “noodlers”, i.e. musicians that play too much. They usually fall into the “bloated ego” category.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
APS: On our debut album we included a cover of Simple Minds’ “See The Lights”. To my big surprise, the band shared our version on their social media and declared it one of the “best ever” covers of one of their songs. I had to rub my eyes a few times in order to believe it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
APS: Our second album is ready and slated for a March 2022 release. We’ve actually been working on our third album since late 2020, and now are preparing a covers EP which will feature tracks by John Mellencamp, The Cult and Hüsker Dü among others.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
APS: Our debut album is available on all digital platforms and from our online shop. Our next single “Shining Star” will be out on September 24th and the presave link for the single – as well as all other relevant links – are available from our website, www.apermanentshadow.com
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