Interview: Dion from CaStLeS

CaStLeS are a psychedelic rock band from Wales, UK. They take influences from the wilderness surrounding where they record, and that has come to success. Named the Guardian’s ‘New Band Of The Week’, being recognised by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio Wales and Radio 1, is that enough for you to be convinced? I spoke to Dion from the band last week and here’s what he said:

Who are your main influences in music?

In terms of music, there are loads, but that isn’t a good answer. More specifically, maybe because we also write in Welsh, we’ve been interested in bands that sing in different languages, like the tropicalia movement, bands like Os Mutantes and some early Raul Seixas stuff and more recently, Juana Molina. Even though we don’t understand a word of the songs, there’s something about the music that makes understanding words irrelevant. So listening to those kinds of artists gave us confidence to write a lot of our songs in our native welsh language and still have the belief that it would reach a wide audience.

You recently got featured in Paul Lester’s New Band Of The Week. Have your streams rocketed up or are you at the same level of popularity before?

It was crazy being featured as Paul Lester’s New Band Of The Week, it’s definitely turned a few heads, you get the snowball effect as well with press and blogs, we’ll see if anything else comes from it. These little successes mean a lot to us being an unsigned band.

Any possible LP News?

Our debut album, ‘Fforesteering’ was released in November, but we’re looking to start recording a second album before winter is over, so keep an ear out this year.

What’s the biggest gig you’ve played?

The biggest we’ve played is most definitely Reading & Leeds Festival, we played the BBC Introducing stage last summer. We can’t choose between the two though, both were amazing!

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Have a great day, remember to follow CaStLeS on all your social media, and see you soon.




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