A New Direction
Pete switched from music to acting, taking on a lead role in the feature film Thicker Than Water in late 2014. This was a crowdfunded project via Kickstarter, written by Ellie Popov and directed by Dominic Crisci, with principal photography happening in October-November 2014.
The description is: A sister struggles to keep her brothers together when the eldest, a recovering drug addict, returns from rehab. And the tagline: There is the family you are born into, the family you choose and the family you try to escape.
Pete plays ‘D’ (short for Dimitri), the eldest brother. The cast includes Ellie Popov, Brad McMurray, Chai Hansen (billed as Chai Romruen), and Anthony Brandon Wong.
After much waiting, the film was finally released in May 2018. Relevant links are listed below:
In December 2014, Pete was one of the musicians involved in Hope for Isla and Jude, a group formed to record a cover of the Kate Bush song This Woman’s Work. All proceeds from the sale of the single go to the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.
In October 2017, Pete was one of the Sony Music All Stars, who recorded the Beatles song With a Little Help From My Friends as a Sony Foundation Australia charity single.
Pete released his sixth album with Sony Music Australia in June 2017. The album’s title Camacho is a Hispanic slang term meaning ‘the art of being cool’ – accordingly to Pete, anyway!
The first single Take Me Down was released on 2 April 2017. A further three singles (Only One, Heartbeats, Sold) were released, one per week, in the lead-up to the album being released on 2 June.
Camacho was nominated in the Best Adult Contemporary Album category in the 2017 ARIA Awards. (Paul Kelly took the gong with Life is Fine.)
The Heartbeats (Remix) single was released along with the announcement of the Heartbeats Acoustic Tour of Australia, from 29 June to 26 August 2018. Gigs in the UK, Netherlands and Germany are scheduled for November 2018.
Music and Movement
In February 2018, Pete and his friend Benny Owen hosted a week-long Music and Movement Escapes event in Byron Bay. This was a luxury 5-star event combining music and fitness at the Elements of Byron Resort.