Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
WM: Noisy. Old. Garage.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WM: Ah this is quite the question. I’m going to try and do it in one breath (or the typing equivalent). Signed with indie bands to various labels, Peel sessions, world tours, festivals, NME, Lamacq, Zane Lowe, electro side project, mariachi band, BBC TV talent show, Peter Hook, begin songwriting/producing, work with some famous people, get songs on number one albums, decide to make a 2 piece rock album…
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WM: My older brother, girls I liked as a teenager, girls I liked as a young adult, bands I was friends with, university lecturers, Pharrell, Jack White, John Grant, writers I work with, my daughter
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WM: Well I thought that it was always just to be making a living out of music. But now that I’m here it’s not quite as satisfying as I thought. Funny that isn’t it. You aim for something for 30 years and get there and it’s just well…fine. I’m throwing a real pity party here! Poor producer man.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WM: In this band, it’s very much thrashed out in our infrequent rehearsals. They are mostly pretty angry about something or other. Some of them are about my base instincts. Some of them are very much for my lovely friends.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WM: Yep that’s definitely a thing. Not sure it’s even a discussion anymore. I’m just glad anyone would bother.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WM: Life on Mars. Self-explanatory. It’s perfect.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WM: In life – people using “air quotes”; I’m very much in favour of revolution but don’t enjoy the use of the word “comrade” in that context; fruit (either as a sauce or whole) as an accompaniment to cheesecake.
In music – people sending me vocal stems with their own effects left on. Right producer people? Niche issue that.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
WM: Number one record. Mad. I did think if that ever happened I’d be on a yacht with Diddy rather than isolating in a flat in Leeds.
Also when my Mum and Dad came to see my university band win Battle of the Bands. Not as high profile but it was the best.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WM: This album and so, so many more.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
WM: Yikes. Just have a look at WeatheredMan on Spotify. That will see you right.