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Interview: 10 Questions with Shattered

Tony Pettry - Guitar,
Fred Verett - Vocals, 
Jay Wells- Lead Guitar,
Shawn Conner - Drummer,
Jonathan Warrington - Bass

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

Hello, I'm Tony Pettry the founder of Shattered and guitarist. I believe my passion for music came from all the things I had to deal with in life which made music my release and put me in the place where I was happy once again.

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are King Diamond, Iron Maiden, Kiss, and Danzig but there are so many more.

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

The most important thing to me is making sure we are on our game and don’t disappoint the fans.

What is the one song you had wished you had written?

The Lake by King Diamond. That is one of my most favourite songs and really gets me going.

What are the biggest lessons learned over the years?

The biggest lessons I learned is don’t just choose anyone to be in the band just because we need someone. I went through so many band members over the years due to not trusting my instincts. Seems everyone has issued these days. I'm happy things have calmed down and everyone is on the same page.

Are there any bands/artists that you recommend that don’t much attention?

RE-BIRTH out of Florida. They are the next big thing!!

If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?

I would love to go on tour with a national and show the world what we can do.

What’s the one thing you hate about touring and the music industry in general?

The one thing I hate about touring is missing my family and the music industry is too full of nobody’s trying to bring down people when something good happens. Clicks are the worst. If you are not kissing their ass they trash you to no end. Makes upcoming local bands reach out from their area because they get no love from their hometown.

What are your biggest interests away from music?

I'm a simple family man but I do have a streetcar that I like to race. Otherwise, I'm boring.

What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?

The hardest thing I had to overcome is losing band members and go through them trashing me with made-up stories. I don’t get out as often as I want to so I can't really defend myself. People ruining your reputation is a hard thing to overcome. I just stay positive and keep being a good person. I have nothing to prove.



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