Pete Beat is an adventurer in the space of all possible sounds, seeking out sweet harmonies and funky beats wherever they may be found, regardless of danger to his person.
Biography / Interview (by Danart Lasseter)
Pete Beat is a songwriter and producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s been over two years since his last release, but his new Meant To Be EP is due out on 20 July 2015. I caught up with him and asked a few questions about the forthcoming EP.
DL: Why so long since the last release?
PB: I guess you’re always developing, but I’ve written and recorded over 120 songs since then. I’m getting better, and it’s been this long for me to get three songs I’ve been happy enough with, and fit together as a unit.
DL: When did you start writing music?
PB: I played the organ as a kid. I was making tunes on my Amiga in the 90s when I was at school. Then I moved onto house and breakbeat tunes. I had a few small scale releases starting in 2006. However in 2009, while recovering from a rather acute bout of mental illness, I had a bit of time on my hands and started writing proper songs with lyrics on the guitar. In recent years I’ve been working harder on it – I can’t stop myself these days.
DL: Who inspires you to make music?
PB: My two musical heroes are Brian Wilson and Morrissey, both geniuses – you only get one of them a generation.
DL: How do you start recording a song?
PB: Sometimes I have an idea for a sound – a warm backdrop with sparkling lights in the foreground – I can see the sound I want rather than hear it. Other times I think of a fragment of melody or a short lyric, and build it from there. Other times I just sit down at the computer and start making beats, trying out new drum kits.
DL: Describe the new EP
PB: I guess you’d call it ‘electronic pop’. It’s fairly funky, lots of warm and wonderful synth sounds, that’s the kind of thing I like. It varies between sounding a bit like dance music in the first track Meant To Be, to something more akin to ‘electronic folk’ on In England, the last of the three tunes on the EP.
DL: What does the future hold?
PB: I’m getting better and writing and recording all the time – and averaging about 60 recordings a year at the moment. Who knows, maybe I’ll get bored with it one day but for now it’s all about developing my skills and making better music.
At the moment, I work alone, but I would like to work with other artists too, helping them in the studio as a collaborator or producer.
So watch this space, but I think it will be less than 2 years until you hear from me this time.
Meant To Be EP by Pete Beat
Release Date: 20 July 2015
1. Meant To Be
3. In England
Listen (streaming) on SoundCloud
“Meant To Be EP” Cover artwork photo “The Underground” by Jake Stimpson. Image cropped and text added. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode