Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
ND: At the highest level, we are an Alternative Rock band. However, we have an eclectic mix of influences including (but not limited to) Classic Prog Rock, Post-Punk, New Wave and Folk which makes our sound pretty hard to pin down.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
ND: We started the band back in September 2018 after Misselbrook and Watt (a small project between two of the band members Hamish (Vox/Keys) and Cameron (Vox/Guitars)) disbanded. We started off playing smaller gigs around Edinburgh and released our debut single in July 2019. We then started to play shows outside of Edinburgh which was a lot of fun and gave us the opportunity to meet some great bands! Once the pandemic kicked in, we started work on a series of Lockdown Sessions on YouTube including filming and recording a cover of the entire “The Works” album by Queen. As well as covering Catfish And The Bottlemen, Rush and Whitesnake. This year we released our second studio single Fade Away which we recorded back at the start of 2020!
PD: Who are your musical influences?
ND: Our biggest influences are probably Queen, Green Day, Rush and Franz Ferdinand.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
ND: Ultimately, we are aiming to bring out our debut album once the pandemic is over and we’ve built some more momentum. Then hopefully we will go on a small UK and/or EU tour to promote the album.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
ND: Our primary songwriters are Cameron, Connor and Hamish. As for the meanings behind the songs, we like to keep them pretty open to interpretation. A lot of our songs tend to have themes around trying to escape reality and living for the moment.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
ND: Typically, for promoting ourselves we contact blogs and journalists who focus on independent rock music to ask if they’d be up for talking with or about us on their site (a bit like just now haha). With our shows, a lot of it is good old word of mouth. We tell all our friends and fans and tell them to tell their friends and it kind of snowballs from there.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
ND: We’re okay with it to be honest. We became a band after streaming had become most people’s main choice for listening to music. It just means we know we can’t really make money from record sales anymore and so our focus is on gigs and merchandise.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
ND: Definitely Bohemian Rhapsody. We enjoy writing songs that have unique and creative structures with many contrasting sections (our song Breathe is a good example – http://tiny.cc/NDBreathe) and I think Bohemian Rhapsody is a perfect example of that.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
ND: We don’t have too many but the worst has to be when the promoter tells you to be at the venue for 4pm and then doesn’t turn up to let you in till 6pm.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
ND: Definitely, our mini tour of central Scotland before the pandemic. It was amazing to be able to play such great shows outside our hometown with some really great bands.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
ND: At the moment we’re hard at work promoting our new single Fade Away. However, the plan is to hopefully do another couple of YouTube series (our channel – http://tiny.cc/NDYouTube) in the coming months and then hopefully realise a new single/EP once it is safe for us to get back into the studio.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
ND: Our latest single Fade Away is out now and you can stream/buy it here – https://linktr.ee/NDFadeAway. We also have all our music available to buy on Bandcamp as well as all to stream on major streaming platforms (https://ninthdegreeuk.bandcamp.com/ + http://tiny.cc/NDSpotify). To keep up to date with the band follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all with the tag @ninthdegreeuk.
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