Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DR: Delphi Ravens are an alternative rock band focused on writing, recording, and performing our original music. We like to say, “We aren’t vanilla or chocolate, but a blend of unique musical flavours!”
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DR: Delphi Ravens were founded in late 2019 by bassist and lead songwriter Papa B.™ The band comes from the Pacific Northwest with its rich history of breakthrough music. Vocalist Kira delivers her dynamic vocals and co-writes many of the songs. Other band members include former touring pros with experience in several bands each. The band continues to be ranked the #1 Alt/Rock band in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DR: Our band is very eclectic with members having played everything from metal, hard rock, alternative rock, jazz, country/blues, and even orchestral. We always ‘serve the song’ but these various influences come out in our songs. Reviewers have called us an alt/rock fusion band. With our diverse backgrounds we never point to a specific band or genre since there are so many influences.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DR: Since we are a newer band, we have let Papa B.™, our founder, to lead the creation of our plan. Currently, we are working on finishing 5 new songs and getting to the studio to record, then an EP release later in 2022 along with some live gigs. In 2023 we will release our first album and determine if a small tour is in order. We are getting a lot of radio play currently and want to keep that momentum going this year.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DR: Our founder and bassist, Papa B.™, is our lead songwriter. He writes 2/3 of the lyrics and all the music for every song except for the melodies which lead vocalist Kira writes. She also writes 1/3 of the lyrics. But they work together on many aspects of the songs and encourage input from the band too.
All our songs are emotionally driven. Anger, love, fear, insomnia, hidden messages, wonder, sadness, excitement, and feeling lost are just a few of the emotions/feelings we feature in our music. We have been called a ‘darker’ band as we explore many darker or sadder emotional conditions. but we mix it up. One of our upcoming releases, Take My Hand, is all about hopeful love.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DR: Most promotion is through social media, currently, and we are on all major social platforms except TikTok.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DR: Touchy subject! This is the blessing and a curse for all indie bands or those with small followings. Most people know that 250 streams gets you just $1 – so from that perspective we think streaming services are a rip-off for artists. Only about 50k artists even make $1,000 a year on Spotify (out of 11 million) and no one can live off that. Of the reported $7bn paid out last year by Spotify very little went to artists and only a handful made any real money.
On the flip side, streamers enable artists from anywhere to get their music out there but it is more like social media but with no way to increase followers easily and cheaply. No wonder the owners make billions and artist can’t make a penny for a stream.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DR: Oooh, that is a good question. Most recently I would say Wildflower by Hannyta or Not Alone by Mirjam Catal.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DR: Bad communication or none at all especially when trying to book gigs or reach people in the industry. It still amazes me every day how most people won’t take 5 seconds to text/email a reply. Just want courtesy replies if nothing else. I don’t believe in “I don’t have time” – it’s just a copout for lazy people.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DR: It will probably always be finishing a song, recording it and then that feeling you get when the mix is done, and you hear it… and in your mind you are saying to yourself “that is a really good song”. It doesn’t happen that often, but it is incredible when it does. If others like it then that is a bonus.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DR: First and foremost, new songs – writing and recording. Second, playing more live gigs, and third but equally important – reaching more new fans!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
DR: We have 7 songs released and available and another 4 set for release over the next few months. Anyone can buy them on our website https://delphiravens.com and they can also read reviews, see radio stations that have played us, and learn about our songs, etc.
And we are on all major streaming platforms for those that like a particular song.
We are always looking to find more of “our” fans, those that like our style of music and the messages they have!
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