I recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue music.
I've been meeting really cool players and industry types since I got here. I'm always down to hang out with fellow pro musicians. So if your in LA, look me up.
Pete Hopkins music is pop music that gets it's vibe from R&B Rock and Dance. He blends all these elements to produce a unique canvas upon which to paint musical motifs replete with hooks and melodies. The instrumentation in his music is largely Vocal based but there is also a lot of guitar work and keyboards as well as drum loops and bass. His music is commercial in the fact that it is very catchy, deals with everyday subject matter and appeals to a very wide array of people. His vocal presence is a tone that you wish to be close to. Pete Hopkins is the pinnacle of soulful rockin songwriting mastery.
A multi-instrumentalist, Pete sings, plays guitar, bass, piano/keys, and drums. He wrote,arranged, and performed everything for his latest CD release.
Why this name?
Do you play live?
Pete Hopkins loves to play live and does so every chance he can get. He has played all over the west coast as anything from a solo-acoustic act to a full 8 piece band. Every performance is special to Pete.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
In Pete's own words...
"The net is the beginning of a new era for music distribution. However I do not believe it will eclipse the retail market all together, nor do I believe it will obliviate the need for record companies. It is certain though, that it will change the role of every entity that is and has been involved in sale and distribution of music thus far. I'm hoping it will be good for the artist, I'm not quite sure yet. I can see good and bad results from internet music opportunities.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Pete draws influence from a wide variety of music: The Beatles, Chemical Brothers, Garbage, Nelly, SRV, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sting/The Police, Marvin Gaye, Stax Mowtown, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Williams, Johan Sebastian Bach, Mussorgsky, Mendellson, Holst, Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, Pantera, Jeff Buckley, The Doors, Jamiroquai, Rob Zombie, Sublime, Joe Satriani, Marty Freidman, Al Dimeola, Fatboy Slim, Beastie Boys, Dr Dre.
Cannon Beach Oregon, for rest and relaxation purposes.
I use Fender & Gibson guitars.
Taylor acoustic guitars
Ernie Ball Musicman Basses
Yamaha Motif 8 Production workstation keyboard
Various microphones AKG, Neuman (sp, Sennheiser etc.
Mesa Boogie and VHT amplifiers
Not really much of talker. I do most of my expression through music.