Empty Friend – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
EF: We are are a heavy rock band, on the grungier side of things.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
EF: Ryan and Karl have been friends since school, like 18 years and have played on and off together for years. Following a chance meeting with Dave at a gig in 2015 they decided to kick off a joint project named Empty Friendafter a shared favourite track. Moving on a couple of years, Karl provided much needed dep support for a touring band where Davvers was on bass. Karl asked Dave if he would be up for standing in for a few gigs and he never left
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
EF: Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Primus, Pearl Jam, RATM. We all have a range of influences many similar and many not so. With Empty Friend it’s very much a pulling together of the great acts we’re all saw on MTV2 back in the 90s with our own twists here and there coming to the fore
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
EF: To live a good life and have fun along the way. It would be great to once day see a young band cover one of our tracks, regardless of whether we hit the so called big time, that once act tells you that your creative process had a positive impact on someoneand that is a priceless reward.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
EF: A finished song is a joint effort. It might start with someone presenting a riff or vocal line and then jam it out and grow it from there. Dave Kirk is the wordsmith and helps the track become a story through the lyrics. Ryan brings great riffage and passages, Davvers and Karl give the rhythm support and together the whole is greater sum of its individual pieces.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
EF: These days it’s all Facebook, Instagram and word if mouth. Meeting people at other gigs, talking about the band. London is a great city for music but very crowded for bands. There a great promoters around, some not so great, and pitfalls along the way. It’s about making the right connections really. Dave is tbe man for this, to the extent where he now runs a decent night called Civil War has had a good community feel of like minded bands which support each other and bring good vibes to the shows
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
EF: It’s a great way for any band to reach a wider audience and as long as the artists are getting something back for it it’s a good thing.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
EF: It’s changed significantly over the last couple of decades, there’s a lot more you can do independently and online without the need of a record company.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
EF: This is an impossible question to answer concisely, each of us would have a different opinion and a long list for consideration, that said we’re all pretty chuffed with Falter.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
EF: Kit share politics at gigs
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
EF: As a band, you can’t beat the feeling of seeing people rocking out to your live set. When a great gif finishes well and people want to know more, that’s a moment to be proud of as it illustrates all the efforts paying off. They’re all small moments, but together mean so much.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
EF: We’re playing at the Camden Assembly under the Camden Rocks banner on 21st March, , it’s a great opportunity to see a load of upcoming bands who all work hard to bring new music and new ideas and that’s why you should be there.
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