Meant To Be EP

by Pete Beat

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Biography / Interview (by Danart Lasseter):

Pete Beat is a songwriter and producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s been over two years since his last release, but his new Meant To Be EP is due out on 20 July 2015. I caught up with him at home and asked a few questions about the forthcoming EP.

DL: Why so long since the last release?

PB: I guess you’re always developing, but I’ve written and recorded over 120 songs since then. I’m getting better, and it’s been this long for me to get three songs I’ve been happy enough with, and fit together as a unit.

DL: When did you start writing music?

PB: I played the organ as a kid. I was making tunes on my Amiga in the 90s when I was at school. Then I moved onto house and breakbeat tunes. I had a few small scale releases starting in 2006. However in 2009, while recovering from a rather acute bout of mental illness, I had a bit of time on my hands and started writing proper songs with lyrics on the guitar. In recent years I’ve been working harder on it – I can’t stop myself these days.

DL: Who inspires you to make music?

PB: My two musical heroes are Brian Wilson and Morrissey, both geniuses – you only get one of them a generation.

DL: How do you start recording a song?

PB: Sometimes I have an idea for a sound – a warm backdrop with sparkling lights in the foreground – I can see the sound I want rather than hear it. Other times I think of a fragment of melody or a short lyric, and build it from there. Other times I just sit down at the computer and start making beats, trying out new drum kits.

DL: Describe the new EP

PB: I guess you’d call it ‘electronic pop’. It’s fairly funky, lots of warm and wonderful synth sounds, that’s the kind of thing I like. It varies between sounding a bit like dance music in the first track Meant To Be, to something more akin to ‘electronic folk’ on In England, the last of the three tunes on the EP.

DL: What does the future hold?

PB: I’m getting better and writing and recording all the time – and averaging about 60 recordings a year at the moment. Who knows, maybe I’ll get bored with it one day but for now it’s all about developing my skills and making better music.

At the moment, I work alone, but I would like to work with other artists too, helping them in the studio as a collaborator or producer.

So watch this space, but I think it will be less than 2 years until you hear from me this time.


released July 20, 2015

Words and music by Pete Beat.

“Meant To Be EP” Cover artwork photo “The Underground” by Jake Stimpson. Image cropped and text added. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic



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Track Name: Meant To Be
1. I found the one that I’ve been searching for
I’ve found someone to whom I can give more
More than I gave to those other girls
More than I’ll give anyone else in the world

C. I’ve, I’ve found the one for me
But she can’t seem to see
That we were meant to be

2. I’ll take her bad points and all of the rest
I love her so much it’s gonna burst out my chest
I’m gonna love her with all of me soul
I’m gonna love her if I lose control


3. I’m gonna love her til 2 is 1
I’m gonna love her til after we’re gone
She’s never known a love like mine
A love that’ll last for all time


M8. I love my love
Does she love me?

4. She tells me stop, but my love is true
I couldn’t change if I wanted to
She tells me no, but my love is strong
I know I’m right, and she is wrong

5. She called the law said I was hanging round
From this one conclusion I have found
She won’t find herself a better man
And if I can’t have her, no one can


C2. Take, take my life from me
If she can’t seem to see
That we were meant to be
Track Name: Fragile
1. I’m too fragile to be dreaming of you
It’s not worthwhile to me, and harmful it’s true
But I know what to do

2. It’s simple mathematics, you’re gonna hurt when you fall
I’ll just be laughing at it, cos I still recall
It endures through it all

C. You sang to me, sang that you were the one

3. And death before dishonour was your calling card
You said I’d be your fella, but staying is hard
It left us burnt and charred


Repeat v1.

4. You waxed a lyric, dearly, of a love that won’t die
Then gave it up so freely, never saw you try
Or shed a tear and cry


Repeat v4.
Track Name: In England
1. It’s grey when it rains
In the backstreets and lanes
Of Swalwell

Red brick shining wet
As I try to forget
That I’m falling

‘low dull chimney stack
A mood hued black
Is calling

It’s grey when it rains
In the backstreets and lanes
Of Swalwell

When the rain comes down, and you’re workward bound, and you're stalling
It’s easy to be, lost in melancholy, in Swalwell

2. It’s blue when it rains
O’er fences and chains
In Gateshead

Nowt but regret
And a drink and a bet
Getting wasted

Ambition, it fails
And colour, it pales
Bitter tasted

It’s blue when it rains
O’er fences and chains
In Gateshead

The rain’s wet haze, and sad lost days, are hastened
It’s easy to be, lost in melancholy, in Gateshead

M8. I pray that Tuesday morning will end soon
In my heart it’s forever Friday afternoon
Lost in the toon
End this day soon
Please soon

3. It’s black when it pours
On the windows and doors
Of England

The Manchester rain
Sweet lonely pain
Is demanded

Longing by night
And longing by light
Never ended

It’s black when it pours
On the windows and doors
Of England

When thunder crashes, and the downpour lashes, can’t stand it
It’s easy to be, lost in melancholy, in England