Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
M: We’re a prog rock/metal band that wants to experiment with a range of sounds from a variety of eras. For example, our first single ‘Revelation’ has nods to a lot of our favourite artists and sounds from the 70s and 80s while still producing heavy riffs throughout.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
M: I’ve been performing and writing music for over 10 years now in a variety of bands. I’ve mostly played metal but had always wanted to do something more within the progressive genre. Our whole band has come together through the love of prog music and the desire to create songs that we want to hear ourselves.
Growing up, my biggest influences had been legendary thrash guitarists such as Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine, Hetfield but has over time changed to appreciate some of the production abilities from artists like Daft Punk and Childish Gambino. There is a lot to learn about songwriting and producing from great contemporary artists. Pop can be good too if you give it a chance, haha.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
M: At the moment, inspiration can really strike at any time. It could be a moment I’m passing through in life, or a catchy melody/riff I hear and it makes me want to create something to replicate that. As far as specific musical influences go, I can barely pin point any specific one. Back a few years ago I would’ve said bands like Opeth, Tesseract, Leprous, Twelve Foot Ninja among others. But now really I listen to a wide variety of bands I tend to try to look for something unique to inspire me from every pop, metal or rock artist I hear.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
M: Simply – to create music I enjoy and to share it with others. It’s really that simple for me.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
M: Every recent release is always a new proudest moment. So the release of our single ‘Revelation’ would have to be it. I love the song and am so happy to hear how it’s turned out.
Outside of that, I’ve had the chance to play with some of my favourite bands such as Plini, Kamelot, Overkill, Queensryche and many more. Each of those moments are special.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
M: Well you’re helping promote us right now, so it’s going well! Haha. But yes you’re right it is a challenge. You have to think of new ways to reach your audience, but it is a slow burn.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
M: We usually book shows ourselves or work with a range of booking agents and bands. We have a show coming up on the 15th of May at the Flamin Galah in Brisbane.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
M: It is what it is – You can’t fight consumer habits like this. All you can do is make sure it’s easy for your fans to purchase your music and merch once they’re ready to. Spotify and other streaming sites can help connect you to new fans and that in itself is not a bad thing.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
M: Thriller by Michael Jackson. Unbelievable song with hooks all throughout.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
M: It’s obviously not an easy industry, but it’s just the nature of it. I’d rather do my best to work within what’s there than complain about how things should be, because that’s not going to solve any problems.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
M: We are currently preparing a new single. It’s a lot more ‘Muse’, ‘Karnivool’ inspired so a little less funky than Revelation but hopefully something you can still groove to. I’m very excited to release the track.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
M: Best place to follow us is https://www.facebook.com/mercuriousmusic and @mercuriousmusic on Instagram.