Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
HAHG: I am very casual about my craft and I like to keep things simple: I like to sing and I like to play bass. I feel passionately about both and do my best to channel that energy into the creation process when writing new material as well as playing live on stage.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
HAHG: I am from the Buffalo, NY area and I have always loved music from the time I was a child. I grew up playing violin in the orchestra at school and it was in my freshman year of college that I decided to get a bass guitar and teach myself. Singing was completely different. I was very shy about it until around 2012 when I sang a couple of songs in the cover music band I played in. Once I got over the nerves I never looked back and have been fronting bands ever since.
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?
HAHG: I have always admired the ambitions of the band, MUSE. They have been one of my favourites for a long time and I can only hope to achieve that level of success someday. As for writing songs, I turn to the gambit of human emotions for inspiration. It doesn’t happen too often that I write about something specific, instead I lean towards relatable emotional moments that people experience.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
HAHG: I aspire to tour the world and just playing out for fans. As a band we are all very ready to get out and push ourselves toward whatever adventures await us in as many cities as we can make it to. I also hope to inspire more women to get out there and show the world just how hard we rock!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
HAHG: I am proud of my band for how hard we work to keep moving forward even when things get tough. I get to experience that everyday and I am both proud and grateful for that. We have gotten some great opportunities so far and that comes down to having a strong work ethic.
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?
HAHG: I think its great that there are move avenues than ever for musicians to create music. I do have a place in my heart for the old ways of touring and growing a fan base IN PERSON, and less digitally. There is an element that you get from a live show that is just not comparable to YouTube and Tik Tok.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
HAHG: We will promote our shows via our website and social media because that is the way to reach the most people, fast. While I keep that social media has a knack for making people LESS social and more glued to their cell phones, it is a necessary evil for the music scene. We just completed a small tour in August, and will likely be back out on the road in the Fall/Winter months.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
HAHG: I prefer CD’s to be honest. I’m not a big fan of streaming services as they don’t support the artists the way they deserve to be supported but in this age of instant gratification, I understand the alure and ease of streaming music. It is certainly the fastest way to get yourself heard, but I still like a good old CD.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HAHG: I don’t think I have a song that I wish I had written, but I do hope to have a song that I write that inspires others. That’s all I can really ask for. I have listened to a lot of songs that have inspired me and helped me get on my musical path so to be able to do that for someone would be rewarding enough.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
HAHG: Music seems highly produced today compared to different eras. I struggle to find the necessity for that awful auto-tune sound that I keep hearing in today’s pop songs. Stop That! There is a beauty in simplicity and while some of it today is great, there are some bands that just stand so far apart that they are on a plane all their own. AC/DC is one of those bands. The rhythms were simple but perfect and always appropriate, while the music was recorded and performed almost identically. I think that is a lost art.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HAHG: We are just about to release our second album, Between The Lines, and will be starting to work on new music shortly after that.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
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