Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
KP: I’m a singer-songwriter from South Manchester. I play and write indie/rock music that’s most of the time energetic and upbeat.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
KP: I mean I’ve been in bands here and there but then decided to go solo as I’ve always been a song and lyric writer. I thought that a band was almost holding me back and now I’m solo I have so much more freedom. I started teaching myself guitar at about the age of 14/15 and started writing my own songs about a year after that. I wrote my debut single “Get Up” when I was 16 so it’s ben under wraps for a while until the release date back on the 5th March
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
KP: Lyrically I would definitely say Alex Turner. I think he’s almost a poet in the way he crafts his lyrics both for Arctic Monkeys and Last Shadow Puppets. Also, Glenn Frey and Don Henley from the Eagles. Their lyrics are so to the point and relatable and I love that. Musically I would say Oasis. I think their Britpop sounds took the world by storm and I love the thrashing of overdrive in their songs. Take Headshrinker for example.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
KP: My goal is to be a successful musician. To be able to write songs and perform for a living. I think many people would be able to relate to my songs so it can help people I guess. Music is certainly therapeutic for me anyway.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
KP: I write my own songs. They are just about life and my own experiences really. I try to keep it down to earth with the topic of my songs. Love, Pain, and having a good time. Just life and all the drama that comes with it. I love to have a good time and then extend that into my music because who doesn’t want to hear an upbeat tune about loving life?
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
KP: Through Instagram mostly. I’ve gained quite a few followers on their so that’s my main platform for communication. Also, tiktok. I do covers on there to try and get my voice and guitar skills out there for recognition.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
KP: Depends who you ask. Me being the one downloading it, yeah I like it, saves me going out to buy a record. Although there is something about going out to buy a CD or a vinyl that just seems timeless. From a musicians point of view though I think it makes musicians worse off. I think it takes some of the credit way from us if I’m honest.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
KP: There are too many!!! Off the top of my head I would probably say Hotel California. In my eyes, it’s one of the most perfected songs ever written and sung. Everything from the delicate plucking in the beginning to the immaculate singing and lyrics. Not to mention the Harmonies throughout. Don’t think I have to mention the solo at the end with Joe Walsh and Don Felder. Perfection.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
KP: When musicians don’t write their own music and the songwriter doesn’t get enough credit. That’s what makes the song what it is and I feel like the art of writing a memorable song is overlooked too much. Don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing singers out there who don’t write their own music but it still takes something away. Just not the same. Also, the use of auto tuning someone’s voice so much that you can clearly tell. If they aren’t good enough to sing without auto tune then why are they a singer? That annoys me a lot for some reason.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
KP: Up to this date, probably just releasing my music in general. Being able to record and play something I wrote at god knows what time in the morning and for people to love it and sing along still seems a bit mad to me. Either that or teaching myself guitar to a half decent standard. I’m proud of myself for that and not many people think I’m self-taught which always comes to a surprise to me.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
KP: In a week’s time I’ll be back in the studio recording my new EP with mad fox. I’m so excited about that. Can’t wait for it. Hopefully it will be out in the summer time so keep an ear out for that.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
KP: Spotify, Apple Music, soundcloud, tiktok. I mean all platforms besides youtube has my music on. My latest single “Get Up” is on all that so feel free to check it out. My EP will also be on all them once it all recorded and ready for release.