Peter Muldoon - Pavilion
What first got you into music?
Growing up my family would always have music playing and there always a lot of singing and dancing. My parents would crank up artists like Phil Collins, Robert Palmer and The Rolling Stones. As we grew up it was my older brother who took the reigns and led us both into 80s and 90s rock, exposing me to bands like Metallica, PanterA, Guns N Roses, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Everclear, and so many more!
Who inspired you to make music?
James Hetfield, without a doubt. I basically wanted to be him since I first heard Metallica. I would spend hours learning all of their songs and mimic Hetfield’s stance in the mirror. I even went out and bought a Gibson Explorer guitar so I could complete the look.
What makes you guys as a band click?
I think it’s a combination of our laid back personalities and the love we share for similar sounds in music. Although our influences differ, we tend to meet in the middle somewhere and I think it works really well.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I’ve always been the guy that is more rock than metal and I think its evident when listening to Pavilion. When writing for Pavilion I tend to lean into the more metal side of things taking influences from bands like Metallica, Trivium and Killswitch Engage, while when I write music for myself its more along the lines of Breaking Benjamin, Stone Stour, Disturbed and those kind of bands. But I think all of these influences can be heard in anything I write in one way or another.
What is your creative process like?
For me it starts with an idea, whether its a guitar riff, vocal melody or drum beat. I then try to capture those sounds in my head by laying each instrument down in the studio and building on them from there. Other songs start out as a riff or sections from Michael that we then co-write into something we are both happy with. It’s often hard to co-write with everyone’s busy schedules, but its something I’d love to do more moving forward.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Mark Tremonti. He is one of my biggest influences and I think he is just incredible. I’ve followed him since the early Creed days and have been captivated by everything he’s done since then, through to the Alter Bridge stuff and then onto his solo project, which in my opinion is his best work yet. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back at a guitar clinic and he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. I would love nothing more than to work on something with him.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Atreyu. These guys are so underrated! Another one of my biggest influences. They bring such awesome energy to their live shows and that’s something I would love to be a part of. I reckon they’d be a lot of fun back stage too.
When you sing in the shower (we know you do), what songs are they?
Haha, yes I do. This is usually where most of my ideas are conceived. I’ll hear a note or melody in something around me, whether it be the sound the taps make or the way the water falls against the glass. Then I’ll start humming and singing and filling in the blanks until I have an idea I can work with and mould into something workable. My girlfriend thinks I’m crazy. She’s probably right.
So Pavilion are on the up! Awesome work, what shows are next for pavilion and others things on the horizon?
Thank you! We wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much in such a short time if it wasn’t for the ongoing support of our friends and families, and of course our manager Benno. We don’t have any shows announced for the time being, but once the EP drops we will be looking at doing an Aussie release tour. After that it’s back to the drawing board for our next release.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Battlefield. The simplicity of my parts in the song means that I can really sit back and enjoy the moment while also rocking out just that little bit harder. I always look forward to the big ending with the double kicks and Michael’s epic guitar solo. This is probably my favourite song to listen to on the EP as well.
Which famous musicians/bands do you admire?
Metallica/James Hetfield, Alter Bridge/Mark Tremonti, Stone Sour/Corey Taylor, Breaking Benjamin/Benjamin Burnley, Atreyu/Brandon Saller. Man, the list goes on! I really admire an artist’s ability to constantly push their musicality while consistently releasing great songs.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“Be your best at all times” - Because you never know who Is watching or listening.
Who would win in an arm wrestle, Lemmy or God?
Haha random! I love it! Gotta say Lemmy!