Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
OS: Big riffs, big choruses, heavy hitting lads. We are a metal band and take influence from other areas additional to metal and rock, such as blues, jazz and funk, especially in the guitar department.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
OS: We all come from varied musical background. We have all had rock and metal music in our lives since a young age. When we started the band, talking about all these things and getting excited about music again for the first time in quite a few years, somebody said ‘I feel like my old self again!’. At that point, the name ‘Old Selves’ just worked and was born. Countless hours of practice from various ages and dabbling in different instruments brought us all to where we are today. Marcus, lead guitarist started playing guitar at age 19. He felt like a late starter and was always concerned that he wouldn’t make it to a good enough standard. He put and still does put a lot of hours of his life into playing guitar and that is how he is where he is today. Music is astoundingly important to all of us and we all feel very luck to have found each other in order to make Old Selves a thing. And what a thing we think it is!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
OS: We all try to take even an ounce of inspiration from everything we listen to and that often happens naturally. Guthrie Govan is one of Marcus’ all time biggest influences. Felix’s is ACDC as a band. It was the first rock band he heard when digging out a CD in his dad’s car as a kid. Tom says he is massively influenced by drummers such as Travis Barker, Eddy Thrower and Matt Gartska. Ray is a fairly big fan on Commander Meouch from TWRP. Felix hugely respects Mark Freeman, a guy who lives in Canada that does video series on mental health support and OCD tips – he uses a lot of Freeman’s principles in his work as mental health nurse. Musically, Felix is largely influenced by anything he listens to, which is 90% of the time, heavy as hell.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
OS: We dream on playing to a big sold out venue, with friends’ bands sharing the line up with us. Hitting up big festivals like Download, Bloodstock, Resurrection Fest, Slam Dunk would be huge to us as well. We’ve been visiting these events since we were really young and each one of us has sat in a pile of mud looking up to the stage and dreamed about being up there.
Primarily though, we aim to continue making music and for that music to be enjoyed by other people, as much as we have enjoyed writing it and enjoy playing it together as a band and as good friends.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
OS: Marcus writes a lot of the riffs and guitar parts. Felix and Ray write vocals and Tom takes executive power over the drums and does a damn fine job of it. Once Felix and Marcus have devised a demo for a track, primarily made up of guitar parts, it is taken to the practice space and we work with it and adapt it until it sounds tight.
Our music is a bit of a story about Old Selves and the minds of the people we share the world with. The sound of Two Minds has been strived to be made up of hard hitting, emotion triggering and straight up head-bang-worthy tunes that evidence the development and growing strength of this band but also the times that we all live in.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
OS: Felix is ‘God tier’ in terms of promotion and getting us opportunities. We also love to just chat to fans or people that might be coming to a show or might show an interest. That is one of the best things about the band is meeting new, like-minded people, even if just on social media. Showing people that behind the screaming, heavy guitars and the rest of it, that we are human beings, we find is the best way to connect with people and spark their interest in our band.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
OS: We think it is OK to download and stream music, it obviously helps artists a lot. Buying physical copies of music helps the artist even more so though, so we prefer people to do that. But we get it, we’re guilty of it too, we spend a lot of time streaming music on Spotify etc. If you steal music you can just leave now, though.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
OS: Welcome to the jungle by Guns n Roses. It’s a song that just never seems to get old.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
OS: When people are adverse to trying new methods of writing or limit themselves when they have potential to do some great stuff but are stuck in a rut and can’t see it. A few of us have observed this in the past.
When people say ‘itch it’ when they mean ‘scratch it’. You scratch an itch, you don’t itch an itch. You probably meant musical pet peeves, but we had to get that off our chests.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
OS: In this band, our proudest moment has been getting the ‘Two Minds’ EP written and recorded in lockdown without breaking any of the covid rules. That and Felix finishing 60% of the vocals when he and his wife were self isolating for 2 weeks with covid.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
OS: We’re currently working on getting the NEW EP out on 1st January 2021 and promoting that, alongside finishing booking out July 2021 UK tour and looking ahead to maybe another cheeky single to come out at a 100% secret (for now) time in the future.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
OS: We have our original, preliminary two singles out on all streaming platforms, absolutely everywhere, right now. ‘444’, our new single from the new EP is out 11th December 2021 and the ‘Two Minds’ EP is out 1st January 2021. All our music is also available on Bandcamp, plus our merchandise and pre-order bundles for the new EP – oldselves.bandcamp.com