Novachain – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
N: Good question, I wish I knew. I’m kinda all over the place when it comes to trying to place me in a certain category, so I guess you could just call my genre Novachain.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself
N: Been playing drums professionally for 3 almost 4 years now, been at it for maybe around 10 years. I started learning guitar, bass, piano, didgeridoo, sound design, songwriting, mixing and programing about 3-4 years ago, and I like making weird music.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
N: I pull influence from every outlet in music, art, movies, movie soundtracks/design, if i could narrow it down id say Vincent price films, 80’s slasher/gore films, H.P. Lovecraft stories, personal drug experiences, Nirvana, Legend of Zelda, The Locust, Gojira, Al Jarreau, my drum sensei, friends, pain, suffering, Brazilian street music, I could go on but I’m sure you can see from this list I pull influence from literally everywhere.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
N: Dreams I don’t have, dreams are for people who wish to achieve something. I’m not wishing, im going to make my goals a reality no matter what, and my goal is to be the best even if it kills me.
PD: Who writes your songs and what are they about?
N: I write all my Novachain stuff because it’s just me doing it, and for Mount Abora it’s mainly Carl, Oli, me, and Brendo. Carl and Oliver will write the songs between them and ill either add sections in or change a few things while writing the drum parts and Brenden writes the Vocals then we jam it out until its flawless.
PD: How do you premote your band and shows?
N: Networking/flyering/social media posts, the whole shabang that everyone else does
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
N: Eh, I use to do it in the days of lime/frostwire, I don’t encourage it but people who really want to support their favorite artists and see them thrive will pay for their music/merch. Spotify is pretty much like that anyway with the tiny amount artists make off of streams and as I said, the true fans will support the music.
PD: Which songs do you wish you’d written and why?
N: I wouldn’t wish to write any other artists songs because they are a reflection of your creativity and it comes from you, songs are personal and it wouldn’t feel right. But that being said I’m about to contradict myself in saying Giornos theme from Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure part 5 is phenomenal and I am very jealous of the composer for that song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves
N: Musicians who don’t practice to a click and have terrible timing, I have to leave entire sets sometimes before re-entering the venue it rattles me so much sometimes.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
N: My proudest moment id have to say is the release of the Mount Abora LP earlier this year. I put so much of myself into those parts and the album creating my own unique techniques/wierd different polyrhythms that didn’t feel forced, were fresh, and not just complicated for the sake of being complicated. This LP means everything to me and I am damn proud of it.
PD: So what are you working on right now?
N: Right now I have another grunge ep almost completed, I just need to record vocals and re track some parts and its pretty much done. I’ve written some vocal parts out of my rage so I’ve trained my vocals a hell of a lot trying to match that pitch and not make it sound completely horrible.
I also have made a lot of hip hop tracks with the Novachain (wierd) sound but im unsure what will become of them. I’m open to collaborations and getting other vocal talents to spit on my tracks but for now im unsure what direction that is gonna take. Plus im already keeping busy with the new Mount Abora material so it’s not like im rushing to put the hip hop stuff out.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
N: December 28th at Sneaky Dees in Toronto is my return to the stage after being out of commission since early October with my messy broken wrist injury, and you better believe im gonna give my self permanent neck damage going full send that night! Also no matter what show and where in your community it is always tried to make it out to support your local bands. Artists work harder than you can imagine and being there at your local shows gives the scene more life and enables it to grow.