nicha – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
n: My songs are a cocktail of genres! Folk, pop, reggae, electronica… In a nutshell I’d say alternative indie-pop.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
n: I grew up in Co. Down Northern Ireland, busked around Australia when I was 18 and am now making music in Leeds.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
n: I look up to Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Tash Sultana and Bonobo and would say music is definitely influenced by these legends. Outside of music I take influence from all around me. The people I meet, places I go, friends, family, society and the world around us.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
n: Short term – I’m aiming to get my first EP out after Christmas. After that I’ll start working on my first album! Long term – to be happy J Music makes me happy so I’m gonna keep doing that, making a living out of it will be a useful by product. I really hope I can help people with my music, If I can communicate a message and connect with my listeners then I’m doing something right!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
n: I write all of my own songs, produce them a bit in my bedroom, then take them to the studio where Michael Mormecha (a real life wizard) does his production magic! Most of my songs are about my own experiences, thoughts and feelings. I like to write about societal issues and things that everybody faces. My goal is to try to communicate with my listeners on a personal level. We all go through a lot of the same shit, it’s nice to know that someone else is in the same boat as you and music is a great way of coping and feeling that togetherness. I know I’ve used music many times to help me through a difficult situation.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
n: I use social media a lot for promo, It’s a great tool for up and coming artists. I sponsor my posts as well to try and reach some more ears but I think you have to be careful with sponsored posts. It can be so easy to spend a lot of money on it with the click of a button but I haven’t found it to be overly successful in reaching and gaining avid listeners or followers. I’ve been working with PR companies Vamp and Fade in Northern Ireland and Rebel Rose in the UK who have been amazing in reaching more listeners!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
n: You and I both know that streaming subscriptions aren’t cheap. I pay about £10 a month and am pretty confused and frustrated at the amount of money that actually goes to the artist. I feel that artists are very undervalued when it comes to streaming services. On the other hand, sites like Bandcamp are great for artists. I always try to buy physical copies of records, merch and gig tickets – streaming sadly will not support an artist L
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
n: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here. It’s one of my favourite songs ever! I love the message, melody and the lyrics are so clever, “We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl”.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
n: I hate people talking over others. Maybe it’s just because I have a quiet voice, but I believe you can learn a lot from listening whereas some people are just waiting for their turn to talk. I also hate it when I forget about my tea and it goes cold. RIP to all the cold teas.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
n: Probably releasing my first single, Devices, it was a huge milestone for me which took a lot of guts and hard work. Devices was a completely different sound to anything I’ve put out before and I had been waiting a long time to share it. I was so proud when I heard it on the radio for the first time.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
n: I’m currently working towards my first EP with Michael. It’s gonna be out after Christmas so keep an ear out! I’m so excited but pretty scared too, I feel like I put my heart on the line with every song and this will be the biggest collection of my thoughts and feelings that I’ll have ever put out there.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
n: Currently I’m on Spotify, Apple and all the usual streaming sites. I’m working on getting some hand-made merch ready to sell on Bandcamp but for now a stream and a share from you would go a long way! You can also follow me on social media @nichalounge for updates on music and all that jazz!
Thank you for so much for taking the time to read this!
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