LoveSick Radio Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
(David: guitar): We are a rock N’ roll band with a touch of punk. Kinda like a punk rock Aerosmith.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
(Glenn: bass) My musical influences are all over the place; every style of music has its own unique aspects that make it great. Lately though my biggest musical influence has been Mercyful Fate. Everything about that band’s way of writing in the early 80s was so unique and different and the songs really groove.
My biggest non-musical influence is emotion. For me, emotion, whether it’s based on an experience or not, can really breed some great stories for a song. If you can pour emotion into a song people recognize it and feel some of it too.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
( Matt S: Drums) I think we want what every musician wants…to make a long term career out of music. To be able to do what we are passionate about every day, which is creating music and making people dance/sing/feel a little bit better about their days. Making a connection with people you don’t even know just by being on stage and pouring your heart out musically is a powerful feeling. Doing that everyday as a job? Who wouldn’t want to do that?
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
(Troy: Singer) While it may vary slightly from time to time, for the most part the music is written by our guitarist Dave who I would say has the worlds largest stock pile of riffs and demos, haha…typically I’ll wake up to music in my email or in a text thread. From there I live with it and see what inspires me. I like to go for drives alone and just spit out tons of ideas into my voice memo. After I feel I have something I like, I will head to my home studio to demo different melodies and finalize lyrics…after that I’ll either send it to the guys or show up at practice to get feedback. From there, the rest of the band fine tunes everything and its rinse and repeat. As far as what the songs are about, I cover a ton of life experiences all of which I have to have lived or watch someone live personally…obviously love and loss find their way as themes,but also social commentary, redemption stories, and lately I’ve had fun mixing in some sarcasm.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
(David) We do a lot online & hopefully when we play a show we are good enough to effect the people in the crowd to come back & bring a friend or two. By the way some places you can find the music are listed at the bottom:
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
(Troy) I think for the most part music downloading and streaming are a good thing and have allowed distribution to not just be monopolized by a few labels. As an artist and songwriter though, I think there could still be improvements made regarding revenue sharing and percentages. I just feel music as an art has been slightly devalued over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I myself as well as a lot of people subscribe to multiple streaming services and throw a lot of money at vinyl so I def see an uptick of investing in music as an art as a whole, its just the other side that I see it potentially devalued regarding payouts that I feel could be improved.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
( David) theres so many & it changed from week to week. This week I’m going to say “Back in Black” cause it’s a classic that has stood the test of time. Plus there’s just a lot of space in the riff & has some many hooks happening in the song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
(Tory)Man, biggest pet peeve would be local bands on a bill with nationals acts who act like they own the stage, backstage, and dominate soundcheck! Other than that I’m not a fan of bands passing gas in the tour van, or bus…actually even in rehearsal spaces as those can be pretty tight spaces…call me old skool, haha.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
(Matt S)That is a hard one. I would have to say the 2nd trip we made to China. The first time we went, we didn’t know what to expect, and everyone was a bit nervous. The second time though, we went out on stage in front of even more people than the 1st trip (around 80,000) and just owned the stage. No nerves. No hesitation. Looking out to the sea of people there to see us and having nothing but confidence in what we were about to do was a great feeling.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
(David) We finishing up some more songs in the studio. We have been putting out a new song every month to every two months. We want to Keep that up as long a possible. It challenges the band to keep writing & it gives fans something new to look forward to every month.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
(Glenn) Our next show is back in the states on December 8 at Rumba Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. 4 great bands coming together to entertain for a night and help people escape the Christmas music for a few hours! It’ll be a nice hometown show for us and we’ll be playing a new song for the first time in Columbus.
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