MadClock – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
MC: I am a solo Rock infused Hip-Hop artist. I’ve dubbed the style “DarkTrap”
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MC: I went solo in 2015 after my acoustic rock duo project named Two Stoopid Dogs. I still wanted to do music but took a completely different direction.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MC: My musical influences are pretty diverse. Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth, Hopsin, Tech N9ne, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash and so many more. I would say my non musical influences are writers like Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway and actors like Val Kilmer, Joaquin Phenoix, Al Pacino, and Jim Carey. Real motivating and captivating people.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
MC: I set out as MadClock to accomplish a few things; I wanted to create a brand new style of music that is all original and i feel like i have accomplished that. I honestly just want to make enough money off of my music for it to be my full time job and be able to take care of my family and play to thousands of people. If i can do that until I’m old and gray i will die a happy man.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MC: I write all my own material as well as produce all my own beats. I incorporate real instruments in my production as well because my first love were guitar and drums. Eventually got into piano and bass and singing so i use a little bit of everything to create my unique sound. I write about either real life experiences and issues that I have and that people can relate to in their own way or I create fictional stories with crazy and intense plots. Its like reading a novel I want to keep my audience captivated.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
MC: I use social media and I also have a marketing manager that helps me maintain streams and shares on all my digital platforms. I manage myself and book all my own shows until i have enough coming at me that I will need a booking agent as well. Slowly growing but growing strong.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
MC: Well I’m 31 years old so I was around when all of that began to change the music scene and how it effected music sales and bands or artists having to either adapt to the change or fight it in their own way. It has its upsides and downsides. Its great that you can access almost anyone’s music at any given point and time now. At the same time it takes out the mysticism and some of the control these artists have for their releases. Part of the allure of a band and how they looked was somewhat of the limited access we had growing up. Everyone’s information is so easily accessible now you can find out anything about anyone and check out all there material at the touch of a button. Now were in an age where if you do not adapt to the digital world you will never make it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MC: There plenty honestly, but if i had to pick only one I would have to say BadFish by Sublime. That song is just something way special. That solo gets me every time.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
MC: Rude people, I have to wear socks to bed, and I hate New Country.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
MC: This past August 30th, I turned 31, and released my latest album “The Volume of Secrecy”. I held a release party at my favorite local venue and booked all my favorite local acts. I also debuted a pre-screening of my new music video “Love, Kill, Repeat” ft. Faith Ann. I just got to watch my entire year of hard work up to that point pay off. The album was extremely well received locally and at the end of the night i performed a set and just watching everyone sing my songs felt incredible.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
MC: The first single off the new album entitled “Villain” is actually a 3 part mini series that’s currently underway. Part 2 and 3 are produced and the writing process has begun, and I have also teamed up with a great director to make sure my vision comes to life. Its a crazy murder mystery with a huge plot twist at the end. I can’t wait to release everything.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
MC: My next show is booked for November 30th, at the Erie Movie House in Erie, PA. Myself and the other performers booked are installer talented and put on great shows. Local act NARY is headlining and we are going to be performing our new song for the first time called “Hush”. Purchase Tickets at: https://m.bpt.me/event/4414418?fbclid=IwAR1IZqMxs__-sE4ZBGApiuRuoM3EKepmu0kAPm3OCCgISMAUzsd8mhT3HQU
Band/Artist location – Edinboro Pennsylvania
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