Pete Hopkins was born in Aurora, Colorado and then moved around the United States until he was in fourth grade, where he settled in Seattle and began his musical journey. The talented songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, sings, composes and...
Pete Hopkins was born in Aurora, Colorado and then moved around the United States until he was in fourth grade, where he settled in Seattle and began his musical journey. The talented songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, sings, composes and performs on Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums.
The two constants in his life have been love and music. The offspring of a loving and musical family, Pete was singing songs at age two and received his first guitar at age seven. His natural gifts for music were recognized very early on and nurtured in every way possible. Pete draws influence from a wide variety of music including The Beatles, Chemical Brothers, Garbage, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Williams, Bach, Metallica, Jeff Buckley, The Doors, Jamiroquai, Joe Satriani, Al Dimeola, and Dr. Dre, to name a few
Pete was a featured local artist on 103.7 “The Mountain" while in Seattle. He was a semifinalist in the renowned “US National Songwriting Contest” and a featured artist in the VH1-sponsored promotion “Rock Across America,” and has had his music placed in film and TV, including MTV’s “Trippin’”. In 2006, he was a top-ten finalist on NBC’s “Star of Tomorrow” and was recently named a finalist in the acclaimed Independent Music Awards (IMA’s, results in 2008)
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Pete has garnered impressive reviews and radio support. He plays live at top venues all over the west coast, including The Key Club, The Mint, and The Viper Room in LA, and is regarded by musicians and fans alike as a major talent poised for a lifelong successful career in music
Armed with powerful songs and an undeniable voice, Pete’s music has been proven to appeal to a wide demographic and broad range of audience. He has immersed himself in his craft, spending years studying guitar, voice, bass guitar, piano and drums. In addition to his skills as a writer, Pete is also an accomplished engineer and emerging music producer
Pete's goal is to continually write, record and perform, continuingly challenge himself to explore his heart, the hearts of others, and express this through his music. In the process he would also love to sell tons of records, go on world tours, and ultimately make a living doing what he loves to do
Pete is currently performing and promoting the independent release of his first self produced full-length album "ODD SIZE BAGGAGE” and will perform several shows at Los Angeles’ Key Club throughout the month of December, 2007
“Music has made such a tremendous impact on my life. Its’ powers of healing, awakening, and emotional evocation are true magic. It has allowed me to express so many things about what I feel about our world, our society, my heart, and the emotional needs we all share. I would say ... feel whatever you want about it, but feel it for real." Pete Hopkins, 200
DISCOGRAPHY / RADIO AIRPLAY / REVIEW
2007: ODD SIZE BAGGAGE (LP); 2006: MATTER OF TIME (EP
Radio Airplay Single
"I Won't Cry"; "Become"; “ Be My Lover”; "Umbrella"; "True American"; "Take The Train
“You know there is a revolution coming when you hear music like Pete Hopkins. I really like this guy! He's got a big future!" Adam Curry (MTV Alumni) Dailysourcecode.co
“The next time you want a night of great music, spin by a Pete Hopkins show, you will be glad you did…His use of wording and phrase is none less than brilliant…Look out Justin Timberlake, and Paul Simon for that matter!” April Roberts, Rock City News, Los Angeles, CA
“Rarely do you find a young talent like Pete Hopkins whose style, phrasing, lyrics and melodies are so immediately catchy. His blend of Pop Rock with Soul Underpinnings is addictive.” Dean Sciarra, It’s About Music.com
Pete Hopkins is “One of today’s most exciting live acts, whether accompanying himself with guitar, or with foot-stomp percussion.” Larry Wines –Acoustic Media Group, Los Angeles, C
“Pete Hopkins is a SUPERB writer, his lyrics are upbeat, quick and smart and intelligent listeners appreciate his style.” Jack Uno, Clickspin.com, Los Angeles, C
Pete Hopkins is "a truly original experience...artistic expression in top form." Corey Dylan, KISS 106.1 FM, Seattle, W
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The Players: Pete Hopkins, guitars, vocals; Todd McCool, electric guitar; George Nakonechny, bass; Frank Musarra, drums.
Material: Muscular and melodic, funky and soulful, this pop-rock artist writes and arranges his material so well that it frequently sounds like ear candy. For this gig, Pete Hopkins assembled a nicely balanced set with mid-tempo and fast-paced numbers and a few wild cards thrown in that were quirky and humorous (“I Won’t Cry,” “Become,” “Be My Lover,” “Way of Our Own,” Hideaway,” “Umbrella,” “Take The Train” and “True American”).
Musicianship: Think Prince, Jamiroquai and Mick Hucknall. Hopkins can scale the high notes with an ear shattering falsetto that’s exhilarating and giddy. He is also versatile with a delicate touch, switching gears and shading his vocals with subtlety and nuance. Drums, rhythm and guitars accent the overall sound giving it drive, power and distinction. Creative in its execution, the musicianship is an exercise in virtuosity.
Performance: At this gig, Hopkins was an electrifying performer who let the spirit of the music move him. One could feel a charge going through his body and being projected into the audience with such sheer excitement and passion it became gripping. Hopkins also thinks fast on his feet. When he faced a couple of broken strings on his guitar he put it aside, undaunted, and launched into an a cappella rendition of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband.”
Summary: Hopkins deserves a bigger following because he has the talent and performance acumen to back it up. Hopkins and his band performed like stars and gave it their all. It’s just a matter of time before a word-of-mouth buzz catches up with them.