Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SoM: We’re a duo broadly playing rock music – we do throw in a bit of other genres like indie, psych and maybe even (whisper it) a bit of prog.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SoM: We met playing in local bands in our hometown of Swansea and decided that our writing and tastes in music really complemented each other. Once we started writing together there was no going back, and Sip of Milk is the end point of this, an outlet for us both so to speak.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SoM: Our main musical influences are Super Furry Animals, Supergrass and The Beatles. In terms of non-musical influences we love the poetry of Dylan Thomas and Steve Irwin.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SoM: Releasing a debut album would be one for sure, as well as playing Glastonbury (we’ll take any stage) and KEXP.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SoM: We both write our songs together – one of us tends to have the initial idea then we’ll finish the song off together. They’re about a variety of things but what we always try to do is take a problem/feeling that everyone has and come at it from a fresh angle.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SoM: Our social media handle is @sipofmilkband. You can find us on all the usual (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok). We’re organising our debut gig currently, but you can expect to hear all about that on our social media once it’s announced.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SoM: I think the current streaming model and the downloading piracy that preceeded it have done a lot to devalue music in our culture, but they’ve also allowed so many people to listen to music they would’ve never have heard otherwise, so it’s very much a double-edged sword.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SoM: ‘In My Life’ – it’s a perfect song and has a great message that’s thought-provoking but relatable for everyone.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SoM: Poorly coiled cables, feedback and tea being so popular when I really don’t think it tastes that nice.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SoM: Releasing ‘Paper Over The Cracks’ as our debut single. The thrill of listening to it on Spotify at midnight on release day was just the best feeling.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
SoM: Booking our debut gigs, rehearsing for those gig, promoting this single and most importantly making our writing a habit. It’s a good feeling when you make something you enjoy a habit.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SoM: Our debut single ‘Paper Over The Cracks’ is available to buy from Amazon Music, or to stream on Spotify and YouTube.