Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
A: Musically, we’re pretty much a hard rock band. But we’ve got some blues and soul influences in the vocals. So it’s a mixture of Halestorm and Joss Stone. Our songs have a message of self empowerment and strength.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
A: Adrian, Hana and Richard started the band as Revery. But after numerous member changes and finally getting a fantastic drummer, Taryn, we decided to rename and rebrand as Asila. We also started focusing the musical style more onto hard rock, as previously our sound was more eclectic and diverse.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
A: There are just too many musical influences to name. We like to appreciate any musical genre, as there is always something cool you can pick out and be inspired by, regardless of the genre. It could be a small melodic idea, or a rhythmic or textural idea. You just need to be open to it.
Non musical influences are just people and places that invoke a feeling of strength and inspiration. It can be people doing awesome things and succeeding, it can be beauty in nature and it can be chaos in life as well.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
A: We’d love to be able to make a good living through music. We’d love to work with some of the best in the industry and to be able to learn from them. World peace and the end of abuse of our world and nature would be cool, too, but we might have to leave that for the next life.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
A: It varies. Previously Richard used to write a lot of music and create demos. Hana would then write lyrics and melody to the demo. We’d present the demo to the band and Adrian and Taryn would then add their personality to it and shape it to the sound of the band. Lately Hana has been starting the songs either via lyrics of whole musical ideas.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
A: This is always tough for us. We’re not the most social media focused individuals, so even though that nowadays that’s such an important aspect in promoting ones band, we struggle quite a bit. We’re all introverts as well, so that doesn’t get us many points in the networking department. But we try create interesting content and music continuously and push our band like that. Working with companies like Rogue PR helps a lot as well.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
A: On the one hand it feels like it devalues music a lot. Music already feels like it’s become a background activity, with so much content being available via streaming. It’s overwhelming and hard to really connect to music that comes at you like a tidal wave. Previously, having an album in your hand felt good. You could read the lyrics, see the artwork and be in the moment. Usually while I stream music, I’m doing something else.
But at the same time it’s great for bands to be able to get their music out so easily. With another drawback being that there is very little money to be made through downloads for most bands.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no 14. The first movement which is also known as the Moonlight Sonata. But all three movements are amazing. It encompasses everything from the slow and emotional, to the fast and energetic.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
A: Drummers drumming while I’m tuning my guitar. Bassists getting in my way when I’m trying to pose. And singers singing while I’m trying to solo. I’m a guitarist and should be center stage in everything.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
A: The completion of each song always has a moment of pride. It’s also the purest form of pride to me, as it’s a moment between the writer and the song. Everything thereafter ultimately becomes distorted through numbers on social media, plays on streaming and deaf ears judging.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: Our latest single HOT BLOODED WOMAN is coming out on the 26th of February! It’s going to be a fun, rocking song with attitude and a message for Women to kick ass and chew bubblegum. Let’s hope they don’t run out of bubblegum.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
A: We have a bunch of singles out on all the usual streaming platforms, but if you want to support us directly, you can do so on our Bandcamp account or buy our merch. We’ll link it below!
Band/Artist location – Los Angeles California
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