Maharaja – Interview

Maharaja – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

M: Maharaja is a Sludge Metal band. 

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

M: Maharaja formed is the belly of a Beer Giant name Foamathus. Excreted from the giant, what would become Maharaja settled into a valley inhabited by Weed Children. The Children of the Weed freaked their blunts and dipped them into the Maharaja secretion and smoked that shit down, son. Once exhaled, the smoke took the form of three average guys and they wrote some songs or whatever. Thus becoming MAHARAJA. 


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

M: Musical interests are weed. Non-musical interests are beer. 


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

M: Dreaming till I’m rich forever. Goal is to score. 


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

M: We collectively write our songs with a mixture of improv and bringing riffs in and improving. Lyrics are written by Eric. The album Kali Yuga was broadly about war, drug addiction, and the plight of man told through parable style lyrics and metaphors. 


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

M: Instagram, Facebook, physical flyers, smoke signals, yelling in town square, interviews, more yelling. 


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

M: I think it’s good for music. Applications like Spotify and Apple Music make downloading almost obsolete. But if that’s how people hear about you then that’s good. 


PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

M: It’s strange and confusing. As a band or artist you have to come prepared and already making money for record labels to work with you it seems. Where before there were things like artist development. Everything seems to be compartmentalized. 


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

M: Chaka Khan and Rufus – Tell Me Something Good. That song is an undeniable power jam. 


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

M: Driving ten under the speed limit and being an overly conscious driver. That shit causes accidents. 


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

M: Opening for Bongripper. Partying with Pallbearer, Gatecreeper, Inter Arma, Mothership, Weedeater, Skeletonwitch, and all the other badass bands we’ve been lucky to hangout with. Valiant Himself showing up at one of our early early gigs by chance. Meth-head metal guys saying we suck bc we play too loud.


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there

M: We’ll be playing the east coast this June with our homies Cazador. Very excited to be sharing the road with these awesome dudes. You should be there because it’s kickass. 

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