Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BJL: Alt and experimental rock
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
BJL: Born in Britain but I live in Australia. Work as a Diagnostic Radiographer but my main passion is music. Started playing guitar around the age of 14 and self taught myself how to play other instruments since. Had a few years off music to travel and started writing again around 18 months ago.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BJL: This changes year to year but musically it would have to be Radiohead, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Tim Buckley to name a few. Non musical influences would come from cinema and poetry
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BJL: To be able to make the transition to writing music as a living
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BJL: I write, record and produce everything myself. Each song is approached slightly different and I have a strong ethos that everything should be done for the good of the song.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BJL: It is all self promotion
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BJL: I don’t particularly like it but I’ll openly admit that I do it myself. I love vinyl so I try to buy my favourite albums via that platform. I will say though that i have discovered so much outstanding music from spotify that i couldn’t truthfully say i dislike it
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BJL: This could change year to year but of recent times it would have to be ‘Fleet Foxes – Third of May’. It has so much depth and changes that it’s a modern day masterpiece. Of latter times it would be ‘Tim Buckley – Song to the Siren’ purely on the fact that it’s one of the most emotional songs I’ve ever heard. The fragility and imperfect vocals are something I’m heavily influenced by.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BJL: Musically speaking i think the greatest peeve of modern times is the fact that so many manufactured “artists” seem to get commercial success whilst others never seem to get the recognition what they thoroughly deserve. There will always be people like me that search very hard for good quality art though and that kind of keeps the fire burning.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BJL: Probably releasing my own music. I have been involved in music for many years but usually behind the scenes or an instrumentalist of other acts. This is the first time I have sung and released work as myself and it still feels strange now.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BJL: I’m finishing off the second EP. I record all the instruments myself so it is time consuming but hopefully I can release it over the next few months. If not, I’ll be releasing a single over the next coupled of month.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BJL: My first EP was released early this year and 2 singles have been released. You can find that via the link below but it is on major download and streaming platform. https://burning-jacobs-ladder.lnk.to/EP1?fbclid=IwAR3DsK2r0Rbl52_yB8jzp2_52O-xREwmlP3mVOKvx_Q4SV56dl6Tzno5M-Y