Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (https://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
W’t’M: We are some Danish musicians who have played together in different bands, who have been lucky to get in touch with our Italian singer Marica. We all feel that this is the right constellation and the cooperation across borders works absolutely fantastic.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
W’t’M: Three of the band’s members (Michael, Peter and Ole) play together in the metal band Metal Cross, which was nominated for the Danish music award Gaffa last year. We (Ole and Michael) know John from a previous collaboration in the band A.D.T – and we found Marica because we are all “very big” Dream Theater fans. Marica has done quite a few Dream Theater covers on YouTube.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
W’t’M: The songs are written with inspiration for the music we have heard (and loved) throughout our lives. The texts are usually about current topics without letting the listener know our opinion.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
W’t’M: Making and playing a lot of cool music. The creative part of songwriting makes us forget everyday life, which can be hard. And then it is a pleasure to see the finished result.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
W’t’M: For me (Ole – Bass) I think it was when I received a handwritten letter from Billy Sheehan praising my bass playing. In addition, music in general provides many good experiences. Music brings people together through a language all people understand.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
W’t’M: We are very happy about the attention that has been given to our first single “Sorry”. The track has been on playlists in Australia, England, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden
Germany and the USA, as far as we know, but it’s tough to start a new band – and I think we have to accept that our way to the top can require a lot.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
W’t’M: We don’t have any jobs (yet) and haven’t done anything to get jobs. This project started 5 months ago “just for fun” with plans for a single track, but it went so well that soon we have material for a whole album.
But should there be any festivals / venues that would like to see W’t’M on stage, please write to us from our website, Facebook or Instagram.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
W’t’M: I’ve been following music download since Napster and the case with Lars Ulrich from Metallica. At that time I understood Lars and when you look at today it is clear how difficult it is for the industry to make money. I also miss sitting and reading the inner cover after buying a new album – but that’s probably my age. On the other hand, it’s also nice to be able to hear all the new stuff on releaseday. I hope it finds a natural place that promotes the musicians around the world, so that creativity is preserved – and so the musicians don’t have to spend too much time promoting themselves.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
W’t’M: Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt 1 – I never get tired of that track – it’s got it all
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
W’t’M: There are some “kings” who decide a little too much in the industry.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
W’t’M: Our debut album
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
W’t’M: Web: www.wtmband.dk
Cheers W’t’M – Ole