Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
STB: I am a rapper, visual artist and sometimes producer.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
STB: So I started aspiring to write music when I was quite young. Heavily influence by those around me. I was dead set on being in a band and growing up tried to form one with anyone I knew with any sort of musical interest. I started rapping when I was 14 or 15 and gradually ended up here.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
STB: Musically I am inspired by loads of different people. I love Kanyes beats, Pharrell too, Mike Skinner of The Streets social commentary, Jimmy Iovines innovation, Benjamin Scheuers honesty and ofcourse my mum, who doesn’t love their mum right?
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
STB: I want to make a difference. I’m not your typical rapper, I don’t really fit with that typical stereotype but I want to blur them lines and to show people that you can do whatever you want regardless of who you are, where you are from or the situation you were born into, everyone has a voice and I want to use my platform to facilitate that. On a selfish note I want to be on Graham Norton.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
STB: I write my songs. My friends produce them. I am currently working with a guy called Biscuit, he’s the drummer is Suave Martyrs but there’s tunes with both my good friends DJC and Akolite. I am really lucky as I am surrounded by creative. A lot are quite internal, about my thoughts and feelings, some about my observations, about my friends, about my beliefs but each song is different. I never really write love songs however I have my first love song coming out in December called ‘Stardust’.
PD: How do you promote yourself and shows?
STB: I’m mainly on Instagram @WRLDOFSAID but you can find me on Facebook, Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud too.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
STB: I’m probably going to go to hell for this but part of me doesn’t care, maybe that’s because I haven’t seen the effects though. As I musician I think the main aim is for people to enjoy your music and resonate with what you do, wherever you get the music from is up to you, people sometimes focus to0 much on a number.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
STB: The Streets – Never been to church. I dad died when I was 21 and I have never written a song that’s just about him but I swear Never been to church just says everything I would want to say. Mike Skinner is so good at keeping things simple and not messing around with fancy metaphors, it’s something I can’t do and that is why I love it so much. He says it how it is, it’s just truth.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
STB: I hate people who hint, just ask. I also hate trying to make plans but people don’t respond. I’m a big boy just say yes or say no, easy.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
STB: I haven’t had it yet. Big things are coming.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
STB: I’ve got the music video for my song Do It All Again coming out on 17.11.20. It has been a pretty big production. Got quite a few tracks in the works and I am meant to be launching a clothing brand with my house mate but obviously with Covid everything is abit stop and start but yes, watch this space.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
STB: All my single released are on my Spotify and over on soundcloud there is some unreleased stuff. I have a new single coming out on 10.11.20 and the music video to follow on the 17th. Go check it out.