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Pete Beat

Get To Know: Pete Beat

Pete Beat is a singer-songwriter and producer, who has been writing and recording for over 25 years.Pete’s style doesn’t fit into a genre, but includes elements of folk, electronica, jazz and pop. Influences range from the Beatles to the Prodigy, David Bowie and Daft Punk.

Pete played the organ as a child, and started producing music using a Commodore Amiga in the early nineties, when he also took up the guitar. His musical career began in 2006 with a single release on a small American tech-house label, which led to appearing as a vocalist on a Russian trance record a year later. Pete has so far released two albums, both within the space of a year, which followed several EPs and singles released over the last 10 years.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your latest track, ‘Before The War’…

It’s about people in the west thinking that faraway wars aren’t a problem for them, and who complain about refugees fleeing, not considering what they would do in their situation. The music is influenced by the 1930, which seemed apt given the parallels of that age with the current time.

What’s the music scene like where you’re from?

Pretty good, there are a few artists I really like. Obviously not much happening this year!

Who is your dream collaboration?

I’m going to say Kristina Train, she has a beautiful voice and is a great songwriter.

What was the first song you ever wrote?
Oh god, that would be over 20 years ago – a song about being in a dead end job and your girlfriend leaving. It was of questionable quality, which is being kind!
Have you always enjoyed fusing genres together?
Hmm, I don’t really think of doing that intentionally, I just see where the song takes me. I think it’s good to avoid specific genres, that would be boring.
What’s your favourite part of music production?
The feeling of flow when you’re recording a song you’re happy with, and everything is going well, and you’re in a flow state.
Do you have a favourite track from your upcoming album?
I like Be My Love, I wrote it about 5 years ago, but I really like the arrangement. It’s another one with a 1930s influence.
Who is the best band you’ve ever seen play live?
I was absolutely blown away by Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay, a couple of country/Americana singers when I saw them at the Sage SummerTyne festival in 2013. Funny songs and great harmonies. I’ve seen them, I think, five times in total now.
What’s in store for you for the rest of 2021?
I’ve got a gig at Lindisfarne Festival in September (I’m playing the Thursday night, so get there early!) and I’m also working on another album, got a few songs to go on it but I need more.