Kensal Rise DJs and Bands – Peter Aristone Edition
We Caught up with local signer/songwriter Peter Aristone to find out what inspires him, how he writes music and what he loves most about living in NW10.
Name: Peter Aristone
Have you gone by an alias before?
Not so far- not planning on a being an international spy!
Do you have a band that plays with you?
As a solo artist I don’t have a full band yet, although I have several friends (musicians) I like to jam with in Kensal Rise. They often support me live at gigs around London otherwise I just go solo with my guitar. In Prague I’ve been in a band – Personal Signet – for more than 10 years.
How would you describe the music you make/play?
I would say it’s easy listening- I play pop-rock songs based around catchy melodies and good songwriting.
How did you start?
I started out as a sound engineer and then moved onto co-producing in Prague, where I run my own studio, however I always leaned towards being a musician/songwriter/lead singer. I played in couple of bands over the last 4 years and became quite successful on the domestic scene. Now my passion for music has led me to London.
Do you have a record label?
I’m with Brainzone International Records – established by my friend and manager Ladislav. He’s really me helped move forward as a musician, he’s also a 6”9 giant!
How do you promote your music? Is it all done online, through gigs etc.
We mostly do online promotion as well as gigs. It’s how all artists have to start these days. We are really hoping that UK radio scene will support the first single. We recently finished the new video for my single “Sunlight”, which you can check out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d29D3iq25Rw (see above!) : it was shot entirely in NW10, all of the crew and cast in the video are from the area - people I’ve met since I started splitting time between London and Prague! It just shows how great living here is, the more I get to know the area the more I’m convinced you could be sat at The Chamberlayne with friends, discussing an idea and the next day you’ll have a business or project!!!
Ooh my favourite gig? Usually my favourite gig is the most recent because it’s fresh my memory. But the biggest gig I’ve ever done would have to be when I opened for Anastacia. That was an absolutely amazing experience that I’ll remember for a very long time!
What’s your favourite song to play?
My favourite song is actually whichever song people enjoy the most at the time – whilst I’m performing it that is. Their favourite becomes my favorite.
Do you ever play any covers?
I used to do it a lot in the past but now I try to perform my own songs as much as possible. I’d definitely like to do it again though. Thanks for reminding me!
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
My songs reflect the things that touch me right at the moment I write. It’s often either relationships or current affairs, but sometimes it’s just the feeling or emotion that springs to mind. I also tend to express my own opinions and perspective through my music.
Do you think these themes will change over time? How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
They’ll definitely change, for sure. For me music is an adventure, I always like to discover something new. I love changes in my life and they should be reflected in my music.
What is your writing process? Do you have a set way of writing songs or is the process more spontaneous?
Each time it’s different. Sometimes it’s slow and you have to let an idea grow, whilst other times it’s very spontaneous. Personally I think that the best songs I’ve ever written were spontaneous.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge? I find that when someone very respected in the industry is interested in working with me I tend to feel nervous – the challenge is to not to let the worries show. I have a session with a brilliant writer on Kensal Road next week and am a bag of nerves, bursting with ideas!
What’s your ultimate direction for you? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
I’ve never really sought fame. I love music and my aim’s always been to be the best musician I can be- play, sing, write music from the heart and spread it to as many people as possible.
What advice do you have for people who want to start making music or form their own bands?
The most important thing is once you’ve started you’ve got to keep going. Don’t give up. Trust yourself and keep going through rain or shine and always be honest to yourself. Only then will people have faith in what you’re doing.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Any last words?
I’d like to say thank you to my UK fans for their support and to Rise Guide for giving me a chance to say a few words, I love the site and now I am on it! Thank you very much and take care…