Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
PC: Primal Creation is a modern thrash metal band. Aggression, melody, progressive twists, diverse and direct vocals, an occasional breakdown, soaring leads and tight riffs all come together in songs with a beginning and an end.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
PC: We’re five guys from Belgium that love music and metal in particular. We make music we like to listen to. The love for metal is probably the main reason we started making music of our own and so we found each other!
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
PC: From daily frustrations to all the wrongs on a global level, as well as the drive to create melodies, grooves and hooks. Musically we draw inspiration from thrash acts such as Testament, Kreator and Power Trip, as well as other metalbands like At the Gates, Pantera and Killswitch Engage. The lyrical content of the music on our two full length albums is inspired by the ultimate shitshow humanity produces by running this world.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
PC: Create metal people enjoy listening. Bringing it to those people live, on stage. Channelling our own energy, negative ánd positive. And if by any chance we can play with bands we admire, that would be awesome!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
PC: Playing Wacken Open Air’s History Stage in front of a packed tent at 22:40 Wednesday 31st 2019! Without a doubt.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
PC: Our press promotion is taken care of by Mike from Hardlife Promotion, so that takes a lot out of our hands. We try to be active ourselves on social media as well. Next to that, we think the quality of the music needs to speak for itself. Our debut full length Demockracy (2017) opened some doors; we played supportshows for Skeletonwitch and D.R.I. and won the 2019 Belgian Wacken Metalbattle Finals, taking a spot on the legendary German festival. Some luck might have been involved, but our guess is that with a bad product and a bad attitude, we wouldn’t have gotten those chances. Thankful for it! Now we try to build on those experiences.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
PC: Last year we joined forces with SHDW Collective for booking shows. In spite of the pandemic we got to play a covid-proof festival last summer, which was a great escape from the horrors of not playing live. Next year we’ll finally be playing the Antwerp Metal Fest which we got booked for in June 2020, but, well, you know, Covid happened and stuff. Furthermore we’ve got two smaller Belgian festivals booked for August and September 2021. If the vaccines keep up the current rate, chances are there will be more shows coming up!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
PC: It’s a good way for people to get to know your music. It’s also beneficial for promoting your music because streaming services like Spotify have a big reach. In the metal community, our experience is that a lot of fans still buy your music on CD or LP. It’s the most loyal fanbase there is, music wise, and that’s a blessing!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PC: That’s a difficult question. The simplest songs are often the best. Though I love me some progressive metal or rock, sometimes less is really more. But to answer the question; during the concert run we had for our previous album Demockracy, on some shows we played People of the Lie by Kreator. The aggression, effective though simple riffing and straight forward song structure all work really well together with the anger the lyrics convey.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
PC: Right now, thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever before to get your music out there and find fans across the world. Personally, I think the industry is in a transition phase. We’re not familiar with the music business outside of metal, so we can’t really answer that question I guess. What we’ve experienced so far was quite alright.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PC: We’re making preparations for our live set to finally promote our new album NEWS FEED – released April 16th 2021 – when the covid situation allows for it, hopefully within a few months! Next to that, we’re always searching for those next songs to write.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
PC: We are on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and Twitter. We also have a webstore at https://primalcreation.bigcartel.com. We ship all over the world, so if your country isn’t included in the shipping rates, message us on social media and we will work something out! We try to be very active and responsive on social media, especially in these isolated times. Thanks for the interview and your time!
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