The Terrible Texan – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

TTT: I’m an aspiring thrash metal guitarist with a soft spot for classical music and            composure.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

TTT:   I was just a kid who wanted to pick up a guitar and do legendary things with it. I got my first guitar when I was 15. The only way I practiced was just learning songs in increasing difficulty over time, never through any scales or writing my own content. Because of this I began picking up some playing styles that I hope to use in my music now.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

TTT: My first musical muse was Matt Bellamy of Muse. I heavily admire his classical pieces and his ability to also write heavy rock pieces and almost merge the two. After about a year into my playing, I found my next musical inspiration which was Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. While I found Gates’ rhythms very interesting, I was more interested in his solos and his near perfect note choice in every track. He managed to make a lot of his solos sound incredibly evil without making them sound the same and that’s something I’m working on right now. My most recent musical inspiration is Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Megadeth is what got me hooked on believing that faster is better and trying to fit as mush as possible into as little time as possible. Along with some unorthodox writing made him really stand out to me. I don’t really have many influences outside of music, I like to think by myself and live by my own standards.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TTT: Honestly. I haven’t put much time into thinking about the end goal of this all. Wasn’t even sure if I was going to get this far, it’s all starting to happen so quick. But I guess the dream is to have a great story to tell and make it have a happy ending.


PD: Who writes your songs and what are they about.

TTT: Paul, our lead singer writes all of our lyrics. A lot of the times they’re about what’s going on in his or our lives. Hopefully soon each member of the band will be doing their own part in writing lyrics to really give the whole spectrum of how we feel as a band or in our own personal lives.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online.

TTT: I personally think it’s fine. It gives everyone better and easier accessibility to the music they want which I’m all for. The aspect of that should probably be worked on though is the compensation of artists. Without proper compensation artists lose their ability to make art, and without art life wouldn’t be the same.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

TTT: The one song I wish I had written would have to be Play With Me by Extreme. The bouncy rhythms, the classical scale, the absurd amount of licks and fills, and the raw talent required to play it make almost make it the pinnacle of everything that I want to be as a player.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TTT: I’m a huge stickler for turn signals so it does bother me when someone just decides not to use it and the only other one I’ve got are slow walkers. There is nothing more agonizing then getting stuck behind a group of slow walkers.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TTT: My proudest moment is when I heard the final product of my solo in Afghanistan. It was the project that would get me introduced to Paul along with the fact that it was the first original piece I have ever made. During the writing I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn out ok but in the end I think it works perfectly for the song. I still consider it the best thing I have made so far.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

TTT: For the short term we are currently working to put some singles out in the coming months. For the long term, I am working on establishing myself as a unique guitarist because that is what gets people’s attention.

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