Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TS: I’m a bassist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, usually metal, and heck, I do a little of whatever is needed.
PD:Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TS: In the dim and distant past I was mainly known as the bassist of Hallows Eve. These days I’m more known as the guy at Black Doomba Records and has bands with unusual names such as Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf. That band is known for being a two-piece bass, drums, and vocals only which is about to release its second full album, ‘Doomsday Deferred’.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TS: An influence for me on my most recent album was listening to a lot of tribal drums in world music. I applied a lot of those rhythms, sounds, and feel to ‘Doomsday Deferred’. Especially Nordic Noir, I guess we’d call it. Nordic folk such as Wardruna, Michael Maas, and so on. I also like Laureena McKinnett, and Trobar de Morte. I do like a lot of doom metal so I listen to bands on my label, Black Doomba Records, as well. DayGlo Mourning, MNRVA, Grave Next Door, Gravehuffer, HolyRoller.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TS: I hope to see all the bands on Black Doomba working together and out touring! For my band, I’m ready to play and my goal is to perform 100 shows. I have about 20 booked right now. After that do a third TSD album. And that may be it. I said from the start I’d do 3 full albums and consider stopping there.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TS: I write them and they’re generally autobiographical in some way. So, and this has happened many times, when you’re telling me your theories or whatever point you’re making, it may go down in a song forever. I’ve gotten some pretty good lyrics from people yelling at me or spouting nonsense! And sometimes I just write about what I did that day or observed. I’ve never been one of the fantasy writers of metal, though I enjoy that too. However, I have to backpedal a bit, I did write sci-fi fantasy for a side project I did called Negative Wall.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TS: Just as hard as I can! Usually through social media. it doesn’t matter which town it’s in, I can still promote, We’re all online. I good example is the upcoming Maryland Doomfest, which happens on Halloween week in Frederick Maryland. It doesn’ matter where we are across the continent, we can promote it online. I’m a sponsor and vender so you know I’m all about getting people there. And they will be, it’s the best doom fest!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TS: It’s fine by me. I listen to music wherever I go from different sources and on many different devices. I’m not particular about how it happens.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TS: Besides Happy Birthday and it’s royalties? This is a hard choice. I can think of so many songs that move me that I’m sincerely overwhelmed by the question.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TS: First one that comes to mind is music business people who simply don’t answer emails. To note, I’m speaking about the club level underground scene, not the majors. And ‘zine publishing gets a pass too, the volume sent in may be huge. For the rest, don’t tell me it’s because they have a lot. Me too. I run a label, help book 6 bands at any time, have my own band’s promos, I wake up to 50 to 150 a day and answer everyone of them, perhaps in a word, but acknowledged or giving a quick decisive answer. As the day progresses I get more, I answer them. Just do it.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TS: I don’t know about the defining one moment, but once I was playing my bass onstage during a Hallows Eve performance in the eighties and Lemmy was in the side wing of the stage watching and gave me a thumbs up. I never forgot getting the thumbs up from Lemmy. Pretty damn cool.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TS: Specifically today I’m working in the studio mixing drum tracks laid down by the two drummers for Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf. Dennis Reid and Patrick Salerno, who is also in Grave Next Door. But I’m excited anticipating a single and the release of my new album on September 3.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TS: You can check out everything on Black Doomba Records at https://blackdoombarecords.bandcamp.com/ and get ‘Doomsday Deferred’ by Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf at https://tommystewartsdyerwulf.bandcamp.com/album/doomsday-deferred. It would be awesome if anyone watched the recently released video as well and I’d love to read your comments, likes get karma points! https://tommystewartsdyerwulf.bandcamp.com/album/doomsday-deferred