Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
IS: We are a band called In Signs. We are playing Indie Rock, Alternative, and Alt-Pop. We are from Kyiv, Ukraine. The modern sound with old good energy and English lyrics can describe us the best. Our music is about the real emotions we feel every day. I don’t like to write lyrics about simple things like money or cars. I believe that In Signs is something bigger than this.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
IS: The band was created in 2014 in the small town Cherkasy in the center of Ukraine. We had a lot of changes but went through all of them. In Signs started as a grunge and post-grunge band with original songs only. We played in local bars and few small towns in Ukraine.
I moved to Kyiv and everything has changed in a better way. Here I finalized the band’s squad, here we met Max who is our manager, and then Bob who was our first sound producer and who helped us with the first studio EP called ‘Find Your Home’. This EP consists of 5 songs with our original sound with grungy guitars and raspy vocals.
Then we met Vitalii who’s our sound producer right now. In Signs reach the sound we wanted with him. We released 3 singles and, one of them was added to Spotify Editorial Playlists. So that was the right way. Currently, we are working on the new songs in Kyiv.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
IS: I listened to The Beatles, Oasis, Scorpions, Deep Purple from my childhood, so I believe there were the biggest influencers. But I started writing songs being inspired by Three Days Grace and their vocalist Adam Gontier sound who are playing post-grunge; by Dallas Green from City and Colour who are playing indie-folk. I don’t know why but these genres were mixed in my head.
My dad, mom, and then my wife as the biggest muse in my life are non-musical influencers. But I can be so inspired by the people who are around me, who are making music and can find the important words for me. It’s really sad that I have only a few such friends.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
IS: The biggest fear in my life as a musician is being a local band member. From 2014 I knew that I want to spread my music around the globe. Thanks to the Internet it became a little bit easier. I just want my songs to be heard that’s why In Signs is trying to bring something else into the industry.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
IS: I’m a songwriter in the band. Thanks to the bands I mentioned before I started writing lyrics in English. The musical part is a cooperation with our sound producer. We share our ideas with each other regarding melody and all instruments in the songs.
I care a lot about the lyrics cause nowadays I think it’s the biggest problem in the music industry. I always write about my personal experience, emotions, and feelings. Sometimes I use real situations in my friend’s (sometimes not even friends) lives.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
IS: We started to work with an American music agency that helped us with artworks, lyric videos, social media videos. Separately we’re working now with British PR companies that help us to promote our songs on the radios etc.
We didn’t have a full show for about 1 year because of the pandemic but in August we had a chance to play live our acoustic set at the small open-air festival in Kyiv. After the lockdown, we will contact a few concert agencies and try to go on tour.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
IS: I think that any work must be paid for but this is not a simple question. For example, everyone can go to our website and download our songs for free. This is our traffic so we’re totally fine with that. But torrents or other stuff like that is not ok. Of course, the best way to support the band is by listening to them on Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
IS: Like a magical thing I wrote my first song right after my first tattoo which is 3 words Metallica’s song “Nothing Else Matters”. I’m not a huge fan of the band and I don’t know the discography but this song is my favorite one of all the times. This song is a diamond, I love everything there. “Nothing Else Matters” resonates with my heart the most so that’s why it’s so sad that I was not the one who wrote this masterpiece.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
IS: All my pet peeves are hidden in the humans. I don’t like some behaviors and things people used to do. I was faced with such annoying things in the band’s previous members like indifference and any kind of disinterest. And these are the things I can’t understand and accept. If I work hard for something, I expect that people involved in that are in the same way with me.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
IS: I believe that each new song is the proudest moment. But after few days after release, I’m losing such feeling so I have 2 the proudest moments in music. It was a concert in Stereoplaza in Kyiv. We were there as a support band but anyway it is one of the biggest concert places in Ukraine. I can’t even describe our emotions that day. This was in the winter of 2020 and right after a few weeks, we played our acoustic set as a support band for Danny Worsnop’s solo concert in Atlas, Kyiv. It was also a great experience. He’s a legend in metal music and it was a pleasure to have a chance to speak with him, take photos and be on the same stage.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
IS: In Signs is doing the best what artists can do during the lockdown – we are writing music at the studio. I have many demos to show to the band and sound producer. Just a few days ago we finished instruments and vocals recording for an upcoming song ‘Bloom’. At the same time, we are working on another song so 2021 will be full of music for us.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
IS: All our music is on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. We have an Instagram account where we upload all updates. But also we have a YouTube channel. We’re filming the studio process all the time so you can find something interesting for you there.