Interview: Caswell

Your new track ‘Everyone Knows’ is out now, can you tell us a little bit about the narrative behind the song?

I wrote ‘Everyone Knows’ during a period of just being very disillusioned with relationships. Especially as you get older being single seems to be seen as a failure, and if you are in a relationship there are all these expected standards and ideals we’re supposed to meet, and I was just thinking abut where those pressures come from; ourselves, family, the media etc.

So what does the song mean to you?

I kind of wanted to write about love and relationships from a different angle, as opposed to the typical love song.

What challenges do you have to overcome in your music-making process?

I still sometimes have to block out the little niggle in the back of my head that says what I write isn’t good enough, as for me that can be the biggest killer of creativity. The best way to get over that is put it out there, show it to people, get out of your own and into the real world!

When did you first start performing?

I’ve always been into performing of some kind, even if not within music. I was always one to put on shows in the living room, then as I got older it became the playground and then I joined a drama class when I was seven and got to do it on a real stage! Yay.

What made you want to become a professional musician?

I think it was always the performance element, at one point in my life music overtook the love I had for drama and that’s when I decided to apply for the music strand at The BRIT School.

What’s one crucial piece of advice that any up and coming musicians should adhere to?

I think hard work is honestly the most important thing, people that rely on natural talent alone seem to coast and somehow don’t seem to build the resilience that I think is really so important in the music industry. The more you work for it the thicker skin you grow as well.

Looks like you’ve got a busy summer ahead of you, what upcoming gig/festival are you most excited for?

I’m super excited for Latitude! I’m honestly still getting my head around it a bit, being chosen as one of the top 3 upcoming artists in Suffolk by BBC Introducing is just such an honour and when they gave me the news I was over the moon. They aired the phone call in which they told me and the screams of excitement say it all really! I’ve been going to festivals since I was a kid and always remember wanting to be playing them one day, so it’s awesome that it’s actually happening now.

If you had to pick one artist you’d like to collaborate with in the future, who would it be?

Someone I would love to write with would be Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. I adore his sound and could genuinely imagine it being such a vibe! Would love to hear that collab.

What’s your most embarrassing guilty pleasure track?

I’m still a massive fan of the Spice Girls and try to put them on at parties much to the dismay of everyone else, ‘Wannabe’ makes me so happy! Haha.

What 5 songs would go on your desert island disc?

‘Oceania’ Bjork
‘Lover You Should’ve Come Over’ Jeff Buckley
‘Wild is The Wind’ Nina Simone
‘Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much’ Al Bowlly
‘Hounds of Love’ Kate Bush

What can we expect in the future/what are your plans for the rest of the year?

I’ve got a new single coming out mid-July which I’m very excited about, it’s a summery single so will definitely be going in my festival set-list! I’m really excited to be supporting The Libertines at Mansion On The Moon Festival in September too, it’s going to be a great summer gigging and then I can’t wait to get back in the studio to work on my second EP come autumn.

‘Everyone Knows’ is out now

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Interview by Liam Gray

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