Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (https://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
DD: Technical, different and fun.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
DD: We’re a South African band that was founded by Lead Guitarist/vocalist Hardman in 2021. After the first few singles did well on Spotify he decided to start looking for band members, that eventually progressed into what it is today.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
DD: We have such a diverse musical influence that it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact influence that formed our sound. We write music about relatable situations such as addiction, sorrow, upliftment and support even.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
DD: We love what we do and we would love to share our art with the world. Being a relatively new band and knowing the struggles of being seen and heard, we always do our best to reach out and assist other artists in any way possible while forging long lasting relationships with them.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
DD: Haha, so far there have been so many proud moments ranging from the hearing the first mastered track, Tender Loving Defeat, then hearing it on radio for the first time, but the one that tops it all was when the ‘Technical Difficulties’ hard copies were delivered. Like a child, holding something amazing you helped create in your hands, is unmeasurable in emotion.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
DD: Well that’s basically us and it’s going very well. Music is meant to sooth the soul. It’s a big industry saturated with fantastic artists. Be different, stand out and love what you do. With tenacity and perseverance we can be amongst the greats.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
DD: We promote our live shows via social media and and we’ll planned PR campaigns. Our manager, France The Planet has our best interest at heart and ensures that we get heard and seen on various platforms. He is also our booking agent and in December, we will embark on our maiden tour to the East Coast of South Africa with Capgras Delusion and Desert Mother. Thusfar we’ve been fortunate that popular alternative venues have reached out to us for performances.
Upcoming shows include
Devouring Spawn 2 – 26 November
MetalFest – 15 December
RockFest 3.0 – 17 December
NYE – 31 Dec
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
DD: We want to get our music to as many ears as possible, it’s a new era for music, you have to adapt to your surroundings. So far Spotify has generated a small, but decent income… A bonus for us, as it helped pay for our Album.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Hardman: Master of the Puppets by Metallica. I love the raw aggression and I mean, have you listened to it!?!? Hahaha.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
DD: So far all the local upcoming bands have been very supportive. I guess it would be nice if the more established bands would do the same and invest more into the bands by helping them get gigs and further traction in the industry.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
DD: We’re investing a lot of time on rehearsals ahead of our December Coastal Tour and we’re in conceptual stage of our first music video.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
DD: You can get all the info on Diverted Disorder’social media accounts. The music is available on all major streaming platforms and Bandcamp. Merch you can order via social media or email and at our shows. Our website will be live soon and will be our central hub for all things Diverted Disorder.
Thank you for the opportunity, we appreciate your effort.