First I just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. With this interview let's just start with a bit about yourself. Where are you from, how old are you, and how long have you been making music for?
My Name is Peter O' Dowd. Im 41 years old. I was born in Richardson, TX just outside of Dallas. My dad is Irish and my mom is English. They were seperated when I was about 2 years old. My dad was in the oil industry so we traveled alot. I lived in Texas for 6 weeks then moved to Algieria, Algiers where I lived for 2 Years. We moved to Houston for 1 year and then I lived in Ireland for 4 years until 3rd grade. I spent 3rd and 4th grade in Caracas, Venezuela. I got my first guitar in 4th grade. We then moved to Sunnyvale, California and lived there for 5th and 6th grade. Then to Houston again for 7th and 8th grade. This is when I started playing guitar continuously. We then moved to Willis, TX about 1 hour north of Houston for 9th - 12th grade. I was in my first band there. I went to college at Sam Houston State university in Huntsville, TX for 2 years and then in 1994 I moved to Austin, Tx and have been here since. So I have been making music since 1986 or 30 years.
When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself? What led you to electronic music, particularly the heavier kinds of it?
I was into hair metal..especially the guitarists. Motley Crue, Ratt, Cinderella, Skid Row, Ozzy....etc, etc.. I didn't get into electronic music until I heard Skinny Puppy and NIN in the early 90's. LSD would be the eye opener there.
What genres of music would you consider yourself to be the most active in, or influenced by? What are your thoughts on genres in general? Do you find them creatively helpful as a template to work with? Or do you find them restricting? Or possibly somewhere in between? Now that the internet has caused so much crossover in music, would you even say genre labels are relevant any more?
I play in a band called mouseabout at the moment. I guess u could call it alternative rock. I'm mostly influenced by guitar, but I love original sampled sounds and synthesizer sounds. I think genres are a good way to describe music, but as far as creating music I dont pay attention to them at all. I have tools and motivation and what happens from there has nothing to do with words or descriptions.
Is electronic music where you started making music? Or did you have previous musical background or experience before hand? If so does/did your previous musical experience affect your electronic compositions?
Guitar is my roots. It definitely affects my electronic sound. I strive to combine the two gracefully to try to add life to the sometimes lifeless electronic sound.
Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically? What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your musical career?