Flames of Genesis Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Interview with The Voyager of Flames Of Genesis
PD: What type of artist are you?
Flames Of Genesis performs dark ambient, or space ambient if you want to divide the genre further. But either way, it’s a darkly cinematic musical experience.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
I’ve worked in the music industry for many years, but the part of me that is Flames Of Genesis is a relatively new entity. I started writing under this concept in 2016, quickly received an offer from Minotauro Records and here we are talking now!
PD: What are your musical and non-musical influences?
External influences are anything surrounded by mystery, the wanting to understand the unknown. Musically anything from Wagner to Venom, Beethoven to Bathory, Hans Zimmer, Vangelis, Lustmord etc… My tastes are relatively varied and I have been a dedicated music supporter and collector since I was a kid.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Goals are definitely to create music that I am proud of. Dreams? Dreams I work to manifest, so if they remain only dreams I don’t want them! Well, unless it’s a regular delivery of single malt whisky – I can live with that.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
I write and arrange everything and the concept behind the music deals with a journey into the unknown, the darkness and cold and the gaining of understanding after leaving the known and the safe behind. The journey manifests both internally and externally.
PD: How do you promote your band?
Promotion for the music is done by myself, the label and Imperative PR through a combination of print media and online promotion.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
In terms of buying a download or stealing a download? Personally as a collector I always want a physical product – be it a CD or vinyl, though I’m not a fan of cassettes. But times change and for many people they want the instant gratification of a download – so whatever works for people is totally fine with me. Stealing a download is of course different, but it happens – and in many cases on an industrial scale. I’m a huge collector so I can’t understand why people want to steal a download – you don’t get all the artwork and text that you do on a physical release that all forms an integral part of the package and the experience. And I don’t understand why people steal in such wholesale quantities that they deny themselves the opportunity to really take their time to get under the skin of an album and really enjoy the music on a deeper level because there is always the lure of another “free” new download at the click of a mouse…
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
This is a huge question, but rather than write a dissertation I will say that it is in a huge state of flux, and there are many things – both good and bad – about where the industry finds itself right now. Technology has set a lot of music free and afforded many opportunities that were once unreachable by many, but from that same technology the internet has become the high seas of piracy. It’s becoming harder for bands and labels to put out quality physical products with diminishing sales, and it seems many labels are responding to this by taking less risks on new artists and instead signing average bands that have a guy in them that once played session on a track or two in a well known band two decades ago…
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Probably “Black Metal” by Venom or “Death Metal” by Possessed as they became the banner for an entire genre of music. Or “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Music without a soul, shallow people and bad beer!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Probably when my music was played on Radio 1 by legendary DJ John Peel.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
I’m afraid that will be a long wait as there will never be any shows from Flames Of Genesis. The closest thing will be some visuals on the YouTube channel.
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