Verity White – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
VW: Well, that’s kinda a hard question… basically, I’m Verity White – and despite everything being released just my name we deliver the sound of a hard-hitting rock band! There are four of us up on the stage at the live shows – me, two Alex’s and a not Alex (aka. Joe.)
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
VW: About three years ago I got back from a tour with the prog band Pendragon who I worked with as a backing vocalist for the last 4 years – people on tour had been asking me whether I had anything they could listen to, so, Alex (my hubby) and I started writing together to see how it went. We decided to release it all just in my name, I don’t think we thought that through really as it was always a band sound but just the two of us working on it! Then when we got a bit bigger and started booking gigs we got two mates in to join us on stage. We couldn’t really go back on the name as people had heard of us so it just stuck!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
VW: The list is endless! There’s a load of 90s rock gods like Pearl Jam and Nirvana, feisty females like Le Tigre, Veruca Salt and Skunk Anansie, and a plethora of beautiful vocalists like Aretha Franklin and Tori Amos. The music we write has influences from all over so it’s often hard to pinpoint one sound – which we love as it makes albums and shows a really interesting ride. Non-musically I’m inspired by people being kick arse at what they do, lovely human beings and cats.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
VW: Really just to keep going and snowballing to bigger stages, better tours and more wonderful fabulous fans! I don’t have designs on fame, but I would like people to hear our stuff and to get something from it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
VW: Al and I work on our songs together. They’re all based on true experiences which I think makes the emotional power of them really real. I’m inspired by female empowerment and mental health awareness – and making sure they’re part of a lot of what I do.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
VW: All of the social media – I am on it all the time. Really, I think it’s ruining my marriage!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
VW: I think it’s both a blessing and a curse. Great to get your stuff out to loads of people but coz it’s so easy the market is saturated with a lot of poor quality stuff that then puts people off taking a punt of bands they don’t know. Negatively it means that music has lost all intrinsic value so as a musician you have to work twice as hard to make any money from it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
VW: Hurt by Nine Inch Nails is one of the most powerful songs ever, we rarely do covers at our gigs but sometimes I roll that out as I love it so much, it gives me goosebumps. (Pete says.. “Planet Rock were actually playing the Johnny Cash version as I was typing this up….very spooky”)
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
VW: People with massive egos and people who look at everything negatively all the time.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
VW: I think when we got a slot at Giants of Rock (Jan 2020!) – it’s such a massive deal!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
VW: We have an exciting new YouTube project coming up which is going to be superfun for the fans to really get involved (keep an eye on TheVeebear on YT!) and we’re looking towards album three.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
VW: We have a load of festival and tour dates coming up through the summer and autumn, which you can grab details of at the website – looking forward to putting on a real show with those! Reasons to be there – it’s always fun, it’s kick-arse music, and I have a light-up cape. Why the hell not?!
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