Into The Storm Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
[Matt] Eclectic, I have my hand in a little bit of everything from graphic design, video editing, recording, and of course helping to create the sonic landscapes of Into the Storm.
[Brant] I like to play.
[Eric] When I pick up an instrument I like to just leave all responsibilities behind. When I’m in it it’s just me and the music.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
[M] I was born, it seemed like nothing happened for awhile… then I found music. That’s when it all began. In middle school when our drummer James wanted to start a band and needed a bassist. I switched to guitar sometime around when I turned 18 and have been creatively shaping the world around me since then.
[E] Chapter one…
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
[M] Musically I listen to anything but my #1 influence for life will always be Botch. Non-musically it’s everything from books and pop culture to world events.
[James] All types of music tickles me but I am mostly inspired by anything genuine. That raw emotion. What inspires me most though is the human experience. For real though the human experience fascinates me.
[E] WuTang, music, not music, WuTang.
[B] I like movies.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
[M] To hang out in a pool thats on a boat that is floating inside of a much larger pool.
[B] Complete nirvana, wink
[J] I have a recurring dream that feels like a dreammare where basically there is a skyscaper with 90 floors and when I get on the elevator it immediately starts shaking. It shakes and rattles, scrapes horribly, as it goes up and down before finally reaching its destination. I have come up with different ways to make it to the top and exit but once I step off the elevator it just falls away and what happens next is never pleasant. I’m not sure if this has meaning or not.
[E] To die a hero before I live long enough to see myself become the villain.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
[M] I generally write the lyrics with input from the rest of the band. Lyrically they range from struggles emotionally and physically to the state of world politics and everything in between.
[J] Musically we find ourselves deep in a field digging for truffle and every once in a while someone says. “hey I found a truffle.” If we all agree then it goes in the soup.
[E[ Too many cooks in the kitchen.
[M] Truffles don’t grow in fields they grow in forests.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
[M] We have been working with a PR company that has assured us that they are the best in business. Other than that it has been word of mouth, flyers, and anything we discover along the way. Any suggestions?
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
[M] It’s the future. Physical mediums are about the art that goes along with the music, it helps create a sense of mood. When I am on the bus I need music. I need whatever the easiest way for me to consume it is. I want to enter into my own world, whatever lets me do that is the best.
[J] For me the world of downloading is dead. We live in an era of streaming and the era of streaming fucks us all over in the end.
[E] Stealing music was so 2001
[B] I still listen to the radio. I need CDs for my car.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
[J] What record industry? No but really what record industry? The world of tomorrow is independent artists powered by community. The record industries used to be all ‘oh hey I got all these assholes that listen to what I say, and I say you gotta look and listen to this and all those assholes go oooh yeah and start promoting it and spreading it and it’s all you see and hear everywhere’ #tswiftUPS
[E] Dinosaurs will die #NOFX
[B] I don’t even know what that is
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
[M] ‘Friends in the music business’ by Cursed it is still one of the heaviest songs I have run across. Great production, great riffs, great lyrics, often on my playlists.
[J] No comment
[E] ‘Maggot Brain’ by Funkadelic it’s soo beautiful
[J] What Eric said
[B] The Moody Blues – ‘Nights in White Satin’ Just what the truth is, I can’t say anymore.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
[M] People who pick up their dog’s poop and just leave the bags on the street. Why would you pick it up just to leave it there? WTF!?
[J] Bands that just keep playing way past their set time. Also Brant’s farts but I have learned to love them.
[B] People who can’t take a good fart.
[E] No comment 🙁
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
[M] Everytime I hear that someone likes the songs and music that I helped to create. I make music that I like and whenever someone also likes it… I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
[E] When the door guy said he liked my music
[J] Turning random strangers into family. Hell yeah brother
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
[E] Well I play in the band, pretty sure I have to be there.
[B] I think he misunderstood the question.
[M] March 16th @ the Substation Holy Grove will be coming up from OR and I have been assured that it will be pure magic, not cut with anything. We have a couple surprises in store for that show. After that we are playing ‘Top Knot Fest’ at the Southgate Roller Rink, it’s a roller rink how could that not go well.
[J] Everytime we play whether it’s big or small, packed or comfortable, we give everything to that moment, join us in that moment, it might be weird, it might be uncomfortable, it will be something to experience.
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