Siobhan Mazzei – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SM: I am a singer-songwriter – alt-rock/folk type stuff.
PD. Tell us a brief history of yourself.
SM: Well, I picked up my first guitar at the age of 13 and a half and haven’t put it down since. I started writing more or less straight after that but I took it more seriously around 10 years ago.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SM: Very good question! My musical influences are a bit varied – I’ve never pin pointed to one type of music and just made what came out. The influences I had was my family and they were always singing – mostly kareoke!
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
SM: I would like for my music to be heard by the masses and enjoyed of course. Fame and fortune has never been my bag but paying the rent would be nice!
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SM: I write my songs – they mostly experiences or an extreme form of empathy. Guess that’s what makes good songwriting!
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
SM: I do it myself using online platforms and posters
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
SM: I don’t see anything wrong with downloading music (legally of course). We are in a new age where most things are digital. I do, on the other hand, love a CD and actually have just released my latest EP on Vinyl!
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SM: Hmmm… that’s a very hard question as there are many songs like this out there. I will throw a curveball out there and say “Bohemian Rhapsody” – it’s an absolute banger.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
SM: I’d have to say mostly lack of support from those close to you. I find a lot of people latch onto success like they made you once you start getting somewhere. Also, people who stay and watch their mates then leave for your set; those people can get in the bin!
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
SM: I’ve had many! I think maybe when I played at a Festival called “Simon Says” in Leicester a few years back because I had not one, but two encores! The tent – of which was large – was jam-packed and it was lovely! My other proudest moment would be the release of my latest EP. I organised a tour, launch show and PR material and release all on my own and will always be proud of that.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
SM: I’m working on some new material – mainly getting round to writing it. I’ve spent a lot of time promoting the latest record that I’ve neglected what is the most important part of myself and my journey and that’s creating.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SM: Our next shows are at the Blue Moon in Cambridge on the 20th of September, 26th of October at the Black Horse Leicester and 9th of December at The Rescue Rooms Nottingham. I think you should be there because you will, and most people are, pleasantly surprised by what I am about and what sound comes out. People tend to assume I’m going to sound a certain way from what I look like. Also, I for one think live music always sounds better!
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