Winterburn – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

W: We’re a hard rock band but we’ve got a lot of metal influence in our music too. So you might be listening to a tune that sounds like traditional hard rock and all of a sudden hear full on metal riffing or neoclassical rock style leads, it’s quite varied.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

W: I’ve been playing music since my late teens in various different bands, it was around this time that I moved to Dubai and after years of playing as a solo musician my solo band and I decided to just play under a new name and establish ourselves as a proper band. This last lineup had been playing together for years so it only made sense. This record was initially planned to be my third solo effort but despite tracking and writing everything myself, we decided to put it out under the new band name.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
W: We’ve got a massive list of influences, but the main bands would be include Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, ACDC, Deep Purple, Megadeth, Metallica.

Non-musical influences or heroes for me personally would be Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Ayrton Senna.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?
W: To headline either a major British rock festival or Wembley Stadium. The main thing for me is to just travel the world, tour playing our music and make a decent living doing it. On a personal level, it’s to be the best dad I can be to my son.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
W: On this record, I wrote all the music and lyrics, despite the fact that I want us to collaborate moving forwards. The songs vary in topics, I write about everything from personal experiences, struggles, loss, grief, to more positive topics and even war.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
W: Well, these days we rely primarily on online outlets like social media channels but the traditional mediums are still there so we do chat with local radio stations as well to announce gigs. Putting up flyers and posters around certain campuses around town too.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

W: I think it’s theft and leeching off the hard work of musicians and artists. The amount of effort that goes into making a record is enormous, I mean we’re talking, writing, rehearsing, pre-production, recording, mixing and mastering, let’s not also forget that people are getting paid for this stuff, there’s an exorbitant amount of money being invested into making records. Even after the production phase is done, you’ve got to get the packaging, artwork and layouts sorted. For all that to be relegated to a streaming site, one like Spotify, which is basically criminal when taking into account how much they pay artists, is just really disheartening. We’re not about the money but we do need to make a living and don’t appreciate being ripped off, while their CEO is swimming in cash.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
W: I’d say “Eruption” cause when that came out, it was one of the most groundbreaking moments in music history. Just pure genius. 


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
W: I can’t stand arrogant people, I don’t care how much you’re worth or who you are, if you treat someone less privileged than you in a rude manner, you’re a piece of shit to me. Everyone should stay grounded and respectful.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
W: Hard to pinpoint one moment, I mean getting played on the radio in my hometown the first time was a big deal but also having some of my heroes growing up dig my own original music, including tunes off this record, was really moving for me.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
W: Well, I’m currently demoing the follow up record which I’ve pretty much finished writing, in terms of music. I’ve already demo’d most of it, it’s 12 brand new kick ass tunes and again exploring different styles and genres within rock.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 
W: My previous solo records are available on all digital stores (iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon etc.) under my name and surname. This record “Ivory Towers” will also be out on all digital platforms.

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