Sleeping Around – Interview
Sleeping Around Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views
PD: What type of artist are you?
SA: All over the place hence the name haha, but if we have to define ourselves I would say somewhere between Nu-Metal & Emo Rap.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SA: We’ve all been jamming since 8th grade but the band didn’t truly form until after high school in 2016. We took a long break from 2017-2019 and it wasn’t until this year that we’ve really started putting in time and effort to make this dream a reality.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SA: Linkin Park, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, LiL Peep, & Juice WRLD to name a few. Jaron and I listened to a lot of metal and screamo growing up and then in uni got hooked all the whole Soundcloud/ Emo Rap scene. As for non-musical idols, our parents forusure and maybe the late philosopher Nietzsche for his contributions to the existentialist movement.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SA: I suppose on a basic level we just want everyone who’s suffering be it from trauma, addiction, grief, anxiety, or depression to know they aren’t alone. However to answer the question I believe you’re asking we want to headline festivals, platinum records, etc etc. Rockstar dreams or bust but to circle back to the start the bigger we are the more people we can reach and help.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SA: I write the base chord progressions or just create the basic song structure in logic and input in all the midi elements and then maybe make the guitar part. After I have a rough demo track I’ll usually write the lyrics and then pass it to Jaron to write his bass and guitar parts. If we want live drums we usually call in a studio musician or I’ll freestyle it myself in the studio.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SA: Mostly through Facebook & Instagram, I don’t see any shows happening soon though. If we want to reach more people the Facebook Ad Manager is an extremely powerful tool that can really circulate our content much faster and to more people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SA: I have no scruples with it, yes artists should be paid for their work but no one makes much money off streams or CD sales anyhow so it seems a bit ridiculous to get upset over such a minimal part of your income stream. I think with services like Spotify and Apple Music it’s becoming less and less of an issue anyhow.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SA: None, the song would have come out completely different if we had written it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SA: Ignorance, complaining, and social media.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SA: So far I think having the opportunity for my late father to see us live. It was a show of only 10-15 people maybe but I treasure that memory forever.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SA: I don’t have my studio gear with me and we recorded a ton of music in the studio this summer so for right now just putting in all effort towards pushing our new song “Cigarettes”.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SA: Literally every major music platform, too many to list here but obviously Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, etc etc.
PD: Tell us about the new video.
SA: Cigarettes convey a feeling many of us often become engulfed by, the notion of despair and utter loneliness. At the time I was living in New York City, heartbroken and deeply missing a past love, I began to self isolate and constantly chain smoke all while staring out the window of my small bedroom longing for her. I was always searching for her replacement which led me to operate on much lower frequencies instead of letting the past go and moving forward. However, the moment I stopped searching for new love and focused my energy on just being in love with my own self and being that sense of despair and loneliness slowly began to drift away just like the smoke emitting from the tip of a cigarette blowing away with the wind.