Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PF: Tricky one – I wouldn’t say anything I do sticks to a particular genre of music. I write songs as they come to me and if they have a vibe. It doesn’t matter to me if it feels slow or more upbeat – the whole point of the new album was that I wanted to keep the listener guessing. Some songs are indie, some wouldn’t sound out of place in a 1970’s disco in NYC, some more dance flavour, songs with full orchestra on – the whole idea is that I don’t want to become that person that does one type of music, I want to mix it up.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PF: I’ve been writing music since I was 15/16 years old. I was in bands all the way through growing up and as I’ve got older taken it more seriously. Always been interested more in the production and writing songs for other people – that was my focus. Never saw myself as being front man of my own band but it was part of natural progression – when I did it the first time, I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out, but it went well, and we sold a few that gave us the chance to get another deal. With this one – these are songs that were written that were more personal/deeper, people will be able to relate to this album more than the first one, it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PF: I’m into song writers more than bands – anything from Donovan to Lennon to Fran Healey to Noel Gallagher etc – anybody that puts themselves out there to sing a song they’ve wrote; I have a huge amount of respect for as there’s nothing more nerve wracking. External of music – anybody that I love/close to me – I take inspiration from them and what they do, doesn’t matter how big or small the achievement. Your close circle of friends/family should be people you look up to.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PF: Music – I just want to play to as many people as I can and enjoy it and for them to enjoy it as well. Everytime I play it’s exciting, I don’t really get nervous, I just get excited about it. Keep writing music, keep getting excited and play to as many people as I can.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PF: I write my songs – when I’ve finished one I’ll have an ideas as to how I want it to sound and as for what theyre about, this album, first one I did was quite quirky was about situations you’d get yourself in, apart from “please don’t hurt yourself” – this album is more relatable in terms of what the songs are about – love/hope – that feeling of loss, but overall it’s hope that everything is going to be better – things are going to happen that you don’t want to happen but you’ve got to get through it. I don’t tend to write personal songs, but I’ve wrote one about my dad on this one – my dad passed away when we were little, I’ve wrote a song about it on this album. It is personal – I wouldn’t say every emotion in every song, I’ve gone through, but they’ve been written from a place of knowing someone that has gone through it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PF: We’ve got someone who does it through the record label – we have a radio plugger as well. A lot of it’s through Facebook, word of mouth etc
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PF: 2 sides to it – if you’re an established band I can imagine it’s hitting you in the pocket, but if you’re a young, up and coming band – being able to reach that many people online – as a new band it’s imperative that people are listening outside your normal reach.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PF: Slade – Merry Christmas Everyone – he coins it in at Christmas.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PF: I don’t like sound checks that are disorganised – drives me nuts – when you’re told to get somewhere and then you’re sat for ages watching someone else soundcheck. And when you get backstage and there’s no beer in the fridge!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PF: Writing a song that got into the Top 40 – that was the moment I felt “that’s pretty cool”, those moment where you can sit and say not many people have done that. It was called “To be loved”, I wrote 2 – “to be loved” and it took 5 minutes to write, and the 2nd one was “Rush Hour”.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PF: I’m writing with Holly Tandy – ex X-Factor and a new artist called Lottie. I got an email last week, start writing the next album and recording in the next 2-3 weeks.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
PF: Buy all my music on the usual digital channels.
New single out – “bright city lights” on the 23rd Jan 2021 and “rewind your soul” which is the last album is available on iTunes and all other digital platforms.
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