Interview with Craig Ewan (Dead Defined) and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CE: Dead Defined was formed in 2018 and is a Pop/Rock/Industrial project. It’s instrumentally written and sang by myself, Craig Ewan. It is produced and engineered by Mike Dmitrovic of Voodoo Records Canada. It’s more or less an amalgamation of all my favourite styles of music focused into one project.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CE: I’m a self-taught singer/songwriter from the very musical country town of Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. (40 mins NE of Toronto, Ontario) I’ve been involved in music since the age of 16 yrs old and have been in and out of semi-professional bands my whole life until 2018. (I’m 35) In 2018 I decided to start my own solo band project entitled ‘Dead Defined’. Having freedom to experiment with different genres and being able to move at my own pace seemed like the right choice. Music is always evolving and being able to adapt to that I find it’s more freeing than having to work in a typical band structure.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CE: I have too many music and life influencers to even list but as far as musical influences, off the top of my head as far as band’s and writing styles go would be anything from bands like Papa Roach, Filter, Theory of a Deadman to legit anything on the other side of the spectrum of Chill/Lo-fi or Melodic tunes at the moment. I’m all over the map when it comes to musical influence these days.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CE: Dreams and goals are something I try not to over think these days. I’m more of a day to day do’er type of person and do what’s needed to further myself in life in the present whether it be educationally or spiritually. Music will always be my life’s passion and daily focus but as far as a career in the music industry, it’s all anyone can hope for. Staying optimistic is half the battle.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CE: Myself and my producer Mike Dmitrovic collaborate on most of my new music. I usually have the core structure of every song written before entering the studio like chord progressions, lyrics and melody hooks. Being open minded and experimental in studio is key to great collaboration though. Content wise my music ranges anywhere from topics like addiction/substance abuse to past and present love interests.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CE: Since the pandemic has all but silenced live shows in my area for the past year and unforeseen future, I’ve been using the means of social media to promote any new music or content that’s upcoming or previously released. It’s a great way to really connect with fans, new and past. People want that personal interaction from an artist these days and it’s the best way to be able to express it and connect with them.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CE: Well, being in the industry for so long I’ve seen the plus and negative side to it. As far as the financial side to it, it’s really given artists a hard time to try and make a living off of their art solely on the music itself. It’s not like the past when people were buying hard pressed albums for $15-20 a pop and being able to have cash in hand for those sales. Now it’s all based on online numbers and digital streaming services. Sadly these services don’t pay a fraction of what music sold in the past was going for. On the plus side, we as artists have access to social media and these streaming services so it’s everything we need to promote our music and get it in front of a new audience daily. It’s easier than ever to share our music with the click of a button, it’s just educating yourself on how to do it properly I find is the new hurdle.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CE: One of my favourite songs of all-time is Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. It’s something I’d wish I’d written mainly because it’s a song I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of ha. I think that’s a challenge in itself to be able to write a song that’s relevant and everlasting to people in the past and for generations to come.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CE: NO LIVE CONCERTS. Woops, did I say that? Haha! I don’t mean not being able to perform but to even be able to attend them. I’m still an avid music fan and lover of live concerts. They’re always a great motivational tool for me to keep doing music for the pure passion and excitement that live music offers. Like, who doesn’t want to be a Rockstar singing to the masses?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CE: Thus far it would be obtaining an official verification that my single ‘Unwholey’ has been streamed over 100k times on all streaming platforms. It might not seem a lot to some people but just knowing people actually listen to my music (and like it) on that scale is kind of a pinch me moment.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CE: As far as music, I’m always working on new ideas. Whether it be parts or full songs they’re always in the mix. I do have a lot of former unreleased ideas as well that I’d like to revisit this year and hopefully ‘update’ to todays standards and my new writing styles.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
CE: My music is literally available on all digital streaming platforms under the band name ‘Dead Defined’. I tend to steer people in the direction of Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music as those seem to be the most accessible for anyone. I highly suggest to visually check out my Music Videos on YouTube as I always have a corresponding video to every song release of mine, and we put a lot of work into them as a small team. Quality over quantity matters these days.
Thanks for your time! Much Love!
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