Interview with Dan from Heartwork and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
Heartwork is a emotive-rock project. I mainly play solo but on the record, it’s a full band.
I’ve been playing music live pretty constantly for about 10 years now. I started off in various bands in my younger days until I was 18 and went solo
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
I’ve been playing music live pretty constantly for about 10 years now. I started off in various bands in my younger days until I was 18 and went solo under the moniker of Dropout Dan. I released a few CDs and toured all over the UK a bunch of times and some of mainland Europe. I put that project to bed on my 23rd birthday in 2013 in search of a new musical direction. That’s where Heartwork came from.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Musical influences are bands such as Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, American Football, Apologies I Have None, Dashboard Confessional, Frightened Rabbit, The Xcerts… bands/artists like that. First and foremost though, I’m mainly metal fan. Bands such as Lamb Of God, Meshuggah, Slipknot, The Black Dahlia Murder, Every Time I Die etc etc.
Non-musical…hmmm. I guess…my friends and other people around me.
From day 1 I’ve pretty much understood that the chances of getting anywhere in the music industry are incredibly slim.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
I’m not much of a dreamer when it comes to music. From day 1 I’ve pretty much understood that the chances of getting anywhere in the music industry are incredibly slim. I guess that’s what’s always kept me from just making the music I make. It’s not very commercial and isn’t going to sell out stadiums. That’s fine by me though. I’m 27 this year, live with my girlfriend and have an ace job in Cardiff. I’m not about to throw that all away. I enjoy touring, writing and recording music. My goal is to be able to continue to do that but still have a real life for as long as I can do both, I’m happy.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
I write my songs. Music, lyrics, everything. They’re about my life. Things I’ve gone through. Things I’ve seen. Things I think about. Mainly about mistakes, regret and drinking myself into situations I shouldn’t be in.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
I’m pretty active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
Personally, I don’t do it. I buy stuff on iTunes but I mainly spend most of my money in HMV. I love CDs and have built up quite a collection over the years. I don’t really have thoughts on it though. People do it and will continue to do it. That’s the way it is. It’s not going to change and that’s fine. It bothers me when people try and justify it…just admit that you don’t want to pay for it. It’s as simple as that. But as long as people are still listening to music and hopefully investing time and thought into it then that’s great.
What they should’ve been doing was taking on less people and helping people maintain careers for a lot less money.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
I think that back in the time leading up to the mid to late 00’s, record labels had a knack of fucking people up and over. They were flush with money and looked at getting as much money from the consumer (and the Artist) as possible without looking further ahead. What they should’ve been doing was taking on less people and helping people maintain careers for a lot less money. No one needs all the money in the world. Would I turn down a million pound record deal? Of course not. I play the lottery in the hope that maybe I’ll get lucky. But I get by on a decent living wage. If I could earn a living wage from playing music, I’d be so happy. Today the industry is still tying to find a way around their mistakes that they’ve made in the past. 360 deals and such. I think there will always be the BIG labels like Columbia, Sony etc, but the future of the industry is in the hands of the indie labels and artists. In whatever genre.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Ha. I’ve never really thought about that before. I’m not sure there’s any song that I wish I’d written to be honest. There’s songs that I’ve written now that I wish I wrote when I was younger. Mainly because some of my old ones were terrible.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
Nail biting. Eating with your mouth open. Lack of manners.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
Most recently, my album ‘Things I Wish I’d Said’. Give me another two years and it’ll be something else.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Band location – Swansea Wales
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