Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
D: I honestly don’t know how to answer this just one who needs to keep being creative.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
D: I have been around the Manchester music scene for a while. I have been in a band for going on 8 years now. Pre Covid I was also doing a lot of work the other side of the stage behind a camera. I am just at the beginning of a new side project D3DWAX which is why I am here.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
D: I have been doing a lot of recording with my band recently and I have really got into the production side of things. I have been checking out the way Finneas O’Connell works. A very talented guy producing Billie Eilish. Also, Jimmy Lovine’s story is an incredible and inspiring one. If you haven’t seen the defiant ones I highly recommend it.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
D: To hopefully turn D3DWAX into a platform that will benefit the bands I work with. It would be great if this can lead to people who follow D3DWAX checking out and supporting the bands I work with.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
D: In D3DWAX I will be doing everything although I will borrow bits when I do my remixes. When remixing I like to take a track and strip it down to just a vocal and put my own stamp on it. For my latest track, I am borrowing from the great dictator. It’s an overused sample but the message has never been more appropriate. We are at a time when there is a lot of fear and division partly created by the media, partly created by an incompetent government. Instead of fighting each other over any little thing we need to stand together and look out for each other.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
D: D3DWAX is a brand new project I will be using the usual social media platforms for promoting the tracks I do and the artist I work with. I want to use this project as a way to promote other bands more than myself I want to use the remixes as a platform to introduce them to a new audience. It’s very early days so we will see how it pans out I need to try and grow the project. It’s not going to be easy but I don’t shy away from hard work.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
D: It is a great way of reaching an incredible amount of people with your music. At the same time it’s still very difficult, as there are so many artists trying to expand their audience and it is so tough to get your music to filter through. As far as making a living the way the way streaming services are set up unless you are hitting an insane amount of streams you will see little return. They do not benefit the artist at all as they are designed so the money trickles up rather than down. They are a necessary evil right now. I did read today that the government will be looking at how fair this system is but whether they will do anything who knows.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
D: Losing my religion. It breaks so many rules of songwriting but what a track. I can’t think of many successful songs without a chorus or using a mandolin as a lead instrument.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
D: People watching live shows through phones. You have paid good money to go to a show enjoy it as it is meant to be experienced not through a tiny screen. Phones in general have created a new level of ignorance but that is probably a rant for another day. Can we have the art of conversation back please?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
D: It would be a toss-up between getting up on stage for the first time or writing the first album with my band. Both really big achievements. Hopefully, somewhere down the line I will be asked this and be able to answer with D3DWAX.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
D: Once Do Not Despair is out there I am going to be doing a remix of a track for Kingsley Beat. They are an ace band from London go check them out. I will be looking for more bands to remix and I will look to put out some more original material.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
D: Do Not Despair will be my first official release you can buy it on iTunes, Amazon etc.. if you like but it will be available to listen to for free on Soundcloud and Spotify so go nuts. If you do like it just get it out there to your friends and spread the word. I would encourage people to buy the remixes if they can though as I release them. 50% of any streams or sales will go to the artist I am remixing. The music industry is on its arse right now so every bit will help and I will always put them out as cheap as they will let me.