Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
TS: I’d describe myself as a half-assed songwriter who hacks away on a guitar and yells into a microphone. I have things I need to get off my chest and I’m lucky that there are people who are interested in that. Artist? I’m not sure about that.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc…
TS: I was born in Seattle Wa and raised in Washington state, USA. My older sister has great taste in music and I grew up listening to what she liked and here I am! One day it could be AC/DC and the next it was ABBA or Pink Floyd or disco. Music is something I’ve always wanted to do and it started with my older sister.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
TS: I come from a hard rock background. Loud guitars, big drums, and spectacle. Hearing Van Halen for the first time changed my life. I could say the same about Ramones, The Clash, Motorhead, The Replacements, and Janes Addiction
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
TS: To make some music that is still around after I’m dead and gone. To be in the bloodstream.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
TS: We’ve played and some great shows and have worked with some heroes… It’s hard to pick just one.
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?
TS: It’s a hell of a lot easier to push something you believe in so it’s always best to focus on the music first. If you feel like you’re making the best music you can and believe in that music the rest will come so much easier.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
TS: We use social media for the most part. We have a cd release show coming up on 11/20 at Darrell’s Tavern in Seattle!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
TS: It’s the way of the world now! Of course, we’d love to have people buy our music but having them hear and enjoy our music is more important to us.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TS: “Last to Know” by Alejandro Escovedo because it’s beautiful.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
TS: I don’t like the fact that The Swaggerlies are not big, rich, and famous! I’d change that!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TS: I’m working on a new song and video. It’s an angry, little pop song about the fucked up world.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music online?
The Swaggerlies links:
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