Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TT: No frills rock.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TT: We’re from Yorkshire and Bristol and we met in London. After playing too many gigs in Cafe Nero, it was time to expand into a four piece and we started playing gigs in return for cans of Red Stripe. After half a year of getting intoxicated, playing shows and making no money, we ended up writing and recording our first EP at Abbey Road. A year later, we have just released Atmos mixes of these tracks and are finishing up demos for our next release.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TT: There are so many.
Adam: Nietzsche, 80’s Thrash (Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer), Dream Theatre, Joe Satriani, Fallen’s ‘Ride The Sky’ video (some of the world’s best skateboarding and some of the world’s best music), Billy Talent and The Darkness (my first bands). Monster Energy.
Hetti: Spiritualism (but I’m not about that hippie dippie shit), Dave Grohl, Brand New (‘The Devil and God Are Raging Inside of Me’ shaped my teen years), Choral anthems and spirits (human or otherwise).
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TT: We want as many people as possible to hear this band. Rock and roll still exists and we need people to remember that. We’re a fairly underrepresented sector of the music industry and later down the line, representing other bands is a massive goal for us. We definitely want to play the major festivals here in the UK and take on America.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TT: Hetti: Tiffany Twisted songs always start with Adam and I sitting together, experimenting with new riffs and melodies until something really sticks. The lyrics then follow but I have to be alone for this, always. Adam will record a riff as a voice note and send them over to me. Sometimes I’m instantly inspired to write and sometimes I’ll revisit them months later and at that point something will just click. The EP was really about finding myself in this constant state of change mixed in with heartbreak, and actually finding purpose in some really dark and strange places. As I’ve focused more inwardly, the newer stuff we’re writing now has taken a much more spiritual turn.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TT: We actually just came back from a day littering Soho posters for our Atmos release. We’re actually quite traditional in the way we approach these things. Social media is what it is but at the end of the day as it’s not the same as discovering a new band by seeing it pasted on the wall or hearing it on the radio.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TT: Streaming is actually great for discovering music and sharing your own stuff. We can’t deny that we use streaming to find new artists. The problem is in the unequal distribution of payment from the streaming platforms – they keep all the money and artists get ripped off. It’s a shame because if streaming was done fairly, it would actually provide a basic, stable income for artists. Downloading and paying for music files online, however, is a completely different thing but sadly it doesn’t happen very often.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TT: Hetti: I actually have a playlist called ‘Songs I wish I’d written’ but the main ones are ‘Jesus Christ’ by Brand New and ‘Afraid’ by The Neighbourhood. Lyrically, these two stand out and there is such a story-telling quality to them both.
Adam: I do remember hearing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds for the first time and wishing I had written that riff.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TT: Well we get a bit pissed off at the misrepresentation of rock music. Did you watch the Grammys this year..?
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TT: Ultimately, we are working towards releasing our debut album. We’re putting in hop-hop beats, passages of Bach, extended solos and there’s even a cameo from Carl Jung. Currently, we are finalising the demo for our next single release so keep your ears open.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TT: Our debut EP is available as a stereo mix to stream on all platforms. Titled ‘This Is The End’, it is now also on Amazon Music HD and Tidal HiFi as a Dolby Atmos mix, recorded live at Abbey Road Studios.
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