Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
JB: Jes (Beveridge, Vocals). The Rockit King is an honest-to-goodness Michigan Rock ‘N’ Roll band. Everybody REALLY plays and sings their asses off, as it should be.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JB: TRK started on a whim and took off quickly. The idea (in Nov 2001) was create a band that was a cross between Thin Lizzy & Boston, so-to-speak. A real, melodic, GuitarRock band a-la the 1970’s in an era of Nu-Metal and N’Sync. From there we just evolved, finding that quintessential Rockit King sound along the way. One can hear the band evolve thru time via our albums.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JB: I grew up playing drums in a Honky-Tonk/Southern Rock/Blues band and was gigging regularly from The fifth grade onward. A little kid surrounded by real pickers. As a pre-teen I really dug into SRV and Dickey Betts, T. Graham Brown and Delbert Mclinton. Stuff my Dad was into. As a teen I discovered Faith No More and Metallica and Living Colour and old Aerosmith. Then Grunge hit. Then we discovered Pantera. My Dad and I saw Pantera something like fifteen times. The 90’s rang true to me. Just a ton of great music. Looking back, I essentially skipped over “the 80’s” except for those early Ozzy albums, Van Hagar & Bon Jovi.
Anthony (Mannino, Guitar). If I had to pick people, the list would include…Randy Rhoads, Eddie VanHalen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Steve Morse. As of lately I would add Kiko Loureiro due to his talent and general approach he takes with his fans.
But more than specific people…Music is really mood driven for me. One day I may say Pantera is a huge influence because I’m feeling aggressive…Another day it’s Van Halen because it’s the weekend and I’m ready to party and then I’ll wrap up with Nine Inch Nails because a dark cloud came over me. This “mood driven” list is ever changing.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JB: Musically? Make more music. We want to release a 7” every six Months for the foreseeable future starting in April of ‘22. We’d like to play at least three large-scale Summer Festivals every year as well. As far as indoor roadwork, hopefully a post-COVID world is full of great gigs. We’re f’ing ready, literally and figuratively.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JB: Some songs are written by Anthony and I, some are a band effort. Lyrically, everything is fairly personal to me. I try to keep it broad but it’s typically about real situations.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
JB: Everything has migrated to social media. In the past, we were infamous for blanketing towns with show bills. Those were the days.🤣
Pre-COVID, we were definitely a go-to support act for LiveNation in the MidWest (USA.) Those sets are more of a “Get-the-crowd-fired-up-for-the-headliner-you’ve-got-45-minutes-and-go!” type of gig.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
I’m fine with it. At a certain point you simply want your music to be heard by as wide of an audience as possible.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JB: Only one?🤣
No One to Run (Allman Brothers) because it instantly brings me back to playing music and hanging with my Dad (RIP.)
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
JB: Equipment failure, unreliability in general. In The Rockit King the goal is to ALWAYS deliver. No excuses, only Rock ‘N’ Roll at a high level, every time.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JB: Today? Our latest album, Fourth Turning. I feel like we made a really concise, melodic, rocking album. On tape. No computers. A process that is in our wheelhouse.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
JB: New tunes, we’re back in the studio the beginning of December for our April 7” release.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JB: All four studio albums (Day Late & a Dollar Short, Saddle Up, Truth Will Set You Free & Fourth Turning) along with a live album (Double L!ve) are available on all the major streaming services. You can also find CD’s at your local record store. If they don’t have it in stock, they can order it from the distributor.
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