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?
TPF: The best description I have ever had of the bands music was “An irresistible blend of hard rock and pop with a mixture of brilliantly catchy music, clever lyrics and maddeningly beautiful production have produced a brand of music that so many have now found impossible not to fall in love with.”
Wow what more can you say other than go have listen for yourself!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc?
TPF: Music was always a part of my life from a young age as my Mother and Father were publicans/Bar owners and having “live” music being played in the Pubs or Clubs they owned and worked in was always a way of life and a part of their business.
Both parents loved to sing be it on busy night in the pub or at family parties and I suppose that rubbed off on me.
I set my heart on becoming a guitarist and by the time I was 16 I was playing in small club bands throughout London but even at this age I was never totally happy with playing cover songs and I wanted to create my own music and started to tentatively write my own material from about the age of 17.
The passion for songwriting has never left and whilst a minority of fans will remember a great guitar solo almost all will remember a great song.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences?
TPF: Most of my songs start out as a chorus hook that bugs the hell out of me until I can get it recorded and then its a case of completing the idea I have in my head to a point where I am happy with it.
It can be very quick but invariably it is a slower process to get a song recorded just as I want it.
As for influences they are very wide from ranging from Rock AOR, Country and western through to Progressive and Hard rock, I like well performed and crafted songs and I think that shows in the material I tend to write.
I would say for influences on songwriting probably Springsteen as I also love to tell stories in my songs and he his a fantastic exponent of that, for vocals I would have to say Coverdale I think he has the finest all round rock voice ever and that baritone voice of his is wonderfully versatile . For guitar I would have to say Angus Young as he is such a superb showman not to mention a brilliant guitarist.
PD: What do you like to write about in your songs?
TPF: I write about lots of ordinary stuff, like love, life, home, friends, work I try to draw on real life stories or experiences where possible.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
TPF: I would like my music to be heared by as many people as possible and hopefully they will connect with the songs and share them with others.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
TPF: Releasing the The Petal Falls debut album “ Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day” because it has taken so long to get the music of The Petal Falls into a position where it could be heard by the public worldwide.
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?
TPF: I believe that home recording has freed musicians and been a huge boon to independent artists because they can now produce top quality material at a fraction of the cost of a pro studio and record as and when they want.
But as you state the down side of that is the emergence of a huge amount of new artists which is bewildering to the public because as they are being overwhelmed with choice!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
TPF: At this moment I have no live shows in the pipeline but you will the first to know when I do decide to begin gigging again.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
TPF: I do not like or agree with the current streaming revenue model that has been implemented by the industry.
It has massively devalued the work of musicians by making their music almost worthless as a stream.
The sooner they get rid of streaming the better.
I believe if you like an artist then support them by actually buying their music because they don’t earn anything from streaming.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TPF: Human Touch by Springsteen it is a piece of masterful art.
Well written and superbly recorded with simple but brilliant production and mixing by Bob Clearmountain
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
TPF: Aside from streaming, I think the Major labels in the music industry are in need of some serious reform as they are to exclusive and all too often appear to shut out too many artists from enjoying real tangible success.
They need to massively broaden their reach and use their influence in a much more positive way to allow many more artists to reach larger audiences
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TPF: I am currently working on The Petal Falls third album which will be released next year.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
TPF: You visit The Petal Falls at the following locations
The Petal Falls links:
Band/Artist location – Kent England
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