Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TZJ: I’m a solo Doomer rock musician (at least for now!)
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TZJ: I’ve been in a few bands over the years, the last of which was called MOSCOW. Creating music over the past few months has been the first time I’ve released anything properly in a few years. Beyond that I studied theology and philosophy at undergraduate level; and like many others I’m stuck in an unemployed rut over this lockdown.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TZJ: Musically my taste is quite broad but the key influences I’d say are post punk bands such as The Cure, Bauhaus and Joy Division; as well as 90’s grunge artists like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins. Non-musically, I’m very much interested religion, mythology and history – which definitely influences me musically. I’m also extremely interested in film, which I’d like to illustrate in my work more down the line.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TZJ: Ultimately to be able to live on doing what I love to do creatively, be that music or writing or something else!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TZJ: I write them all, however I’m lucky enough to be close to many talented people that can add their magic whenever the possibility is there. My songs are often theological and have some spiritual angle to them, but as well as that I try to ground them in my own life and more tangible things.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TZJ: Well I’ve not had the chance to play shows as a solo artist yet, which honestly still terrifies me! But I use Instagram a lot to often share the process of what I’m working on and to keep people tuned in to what I’m doing.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TZJ: It’s kind of difficult to imagine any other way, though while it’s certainly more convenient, I do think that there’s something missing in not buying a physical copy of an album. I think when it’s physical it often feels more special. I’m glad to see vinyl getting more popular again.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TZJ: There’s so many, but at the moment my mind is pushing me towards a Nutshell by Alice in Chains; it’s such a simple song in terms of structure, and at the same time so emotionally impactful.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TZJ: I have a weird hatred for sweetcorn and peas in food, I just think they ruin everything.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TZJ: I am very proud of releasing my first solo single, I guess in a personal sense that it’s quite a ‘vulnerable’ thing to do. But I also have many proud moments when working with bands over the years. I love collaborating with people, it’s probably my favourite aspect of music creation.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TZJ: I have a large backlog of full songs and other ideas to be recorded, at the moment it’s hard to coordinate the recording and production process given the lockdown, but I definitely have a lot to show everyone soon!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TZJ: My single ‘God in Heartbreak’ is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and many other reputable online vendors!