Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http:// petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DL: Spoken word, electronic. A wide-eyed beginner fumbling about at the margins.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DL: Deckie Learner was borne of lockdown frustration and procrastination. I was supposed to be writing a book, and got sidetracked in the shed by a bass guitar and a beat box.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DL: The Jackson Five, The Fall, Big Chief Sitting Bull, Peter Falk, Billy Whitehurst.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DL:That my family and friends are healthy and happy and free from fear for as long as possible.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DL: I write all the music for my songs. They’re usually experiments in grooves and textures which I then decorate with found snippets of everyday life. Sometimes that’s words I’ve written or made up, sometimes guest artists write the words. They’re about lots of different things, but a quest for peace is never far away.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DL: By filling out questionnaires and harassing people on WhatsApp
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DL: I think it’s great, I do it all the time. I always pay for it, though.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DL: White Christmas, by Bing Crosby. 50 million copies sold. I hope he spent it wisely.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DL: I try not to let trivia get me down, but anyone who leaves tea bags on draining boards should be executed at dawn.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DL: Don’t think I’ve had one. Plenty of moments that made me ecstatically happy, or excited, but none that made me feel proud, particularly.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DL: I’ve got right into fuzz pedals and shoe-gaze type noise; also beat-less ambient stuff and bits of spoken word with no music at all. I’m trying to see if I can construct music around the rhythms and cadences of speech, rather than the other way round. So far, the answer is : not yet.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
DL: Debut single “Neck” and eventually the 12 tracks that make up the eponymous album on Fast & Bulbous: https://deckielearner.bandcamp.com