Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HBE: We’re a hard rock band with 70s influences.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HBE: The band formed in London a couple of years back. Apostolos (vocals) came to England from Greece and met Roman (guitar) and Ray (bass) and the band started. Later down the line we became a four piece and recently Alex (drums) has finalised the line-up.
We released our debut album Rise of the Elephant last year and following that we’ve been out playing shows. We’re just releasing our new single Let Me Be from our second album. The album, Carry On is coming out early 2021.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HBE: Musically we’re inspired by a wide range of genres – everything from 50s soul and jazz to today’s heavy metal, but the bands main influences as a whole are classic rock bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and other bands from the 70s and 80s.
Outside of music we all have our idols, but inspiration also comes from those around us. Friends, family, the fans. We inspire each other a lot as well.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HBE: We have a dream of being able to put all our energy and focus into music. In today’s world that means being able to live from the music as well as for it.
We want to be able to live and breathe music 24/7; tour, travel and make it a permanent way of life. We’re not expecting something crazy as we’re quite down-to-earth, but we want to go out there and play in front of people full-time.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HBE: The band all write together. We’ve got a natural way of creating songs – starting with a riff or chord structure and jamming it out to arrange the instruments and create other parts.
Usually after this Apostolos writes the vocal melodies and lyrics on top, but there isn’t a set structure to our writing and sometimes the melodies drive the writing process.
Mostly our songs are about concepts born through experiences and feelings. We write about experiences directly, also some of the songs have spiritual concepts and imagery – a bit more of a “broad” world experience.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HBE: Promoting music and shows nowadays is a bittersweet experience. On the upside it’s easy to access a lot of platforms at once – we promote on the usual socials with original content. At the same time there’s a constant flood of advertising from all angles, so it’s easy to get lost in the noise and it can be difficult to reach everyone we’d like to.
We have tried our hand at the old-school methods as well with flyers but it’s hard to gauge the success of this. Word of mouth has been a really big one for us too – it doesn’t take much to bring a crowd along when someone tells a bunch of people they should come and see you.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HBE: There are people out there that still prefer to buy a CD or vinyl and we think this is great. It’s a more direct experience and has a different feeling – to listen to music like that. There’s also the feeling of collecting something physical the band has created, like buying a piece of art, which is slightly lost when you download or stream.
Music online has come a long way and it’s a lot more helpful now than it has been in the past. It’s great for promotion and exposure to new audiences. It’s just a bit “wild west” out there sometimes with the sheer number of platforms and services people are pushing.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HBE: Well, it would have to be Bohemian Rhapsody.
It’s the definition of creativity – rock/prog/jazz/ethnic/classical all mixed together into one song.
It goes without saying that it’s incredible! Freddy was a genius.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HBE: The one that comes to mind has to be crap B&Bs. We’ve stayed in a few places whilst on tour and most of the time it’s all good, but there’s occasionally one that’s really bad and it’s not a nice experience!
And the infamous one of dodgy equipment. Wherever you are – studio, on stage, at home there’s always something that goes wrong. When you’re recording you’re always aware that one failed part could spell disaster and your heart sinks when you hear that amp cut out. Thankfully, it’s usually just a bad cable. Really though, there’s only so much you can do and it’s just part of the experience.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HBE: Honestly, right now, it’s just how proud we are of what we’ve created with the new album. We’ve put a lot of energy into it and we’re really excited.
We’ve come a long way over a short period of time and we’re proud of everything we’ve done, but it’s all been to push forward with where we are now.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HBE: Having finished the album, we’re back in the studio rehearsing and getting ready for gigging again.
Since earlier this year we worked really hard on writing and preparation for the recording studio, now we have the next things to focus on. We not putting our feet up, that’s for sure!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
HBE: Our first album Rise of the Elephant is available on all digital platforms, you can also buy CDs direct from us, from our store here https://www.musicglue.com/huntedbyelephants
Stay posted as our new releases are coming very shortly!
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