I was very fortunate to catch up with Casey Maunder before his wonderful performance at the very first SWNDFest which was held at The Bunkhouse in Swansea.
PD: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
CM: Guitar based, to start with. I try to be as eclectic as I can, I’m a big Queen fan. So, although everything is written on guitar, I try to bring in a bit of dynamic, a bit of high, a bit of low. So, I wouldn’t say I was in the same mould as Queen, but in terms of trying to have a variety of different stuff on the album, that’s what I would do and then I’d bring in the energy of bands like the Manic Street Preachers and then from the American kind of L.A. scene like Motley Crue and bands like that. The energy of those with the diversity of Queen is what I‘m going for, or at least trying to do.
PD: That partly answers my next question about your musical influences, but who or what inspired you to take up music?
CM: Well, my dad was a musician and from an early age we always had guitars and basses and a full drum kit in the house, keyboards. So, we played everything really. I would say that the film that probably tipped me over the edge was a film called ‘Crossroads’ (1986), with Ralph Macchio and Steve Vai and I saw that and I thought “Right I want to be a blues musician”. I discovered rock music after that, stuff like Van Halen and Motley Crue and that was it, it was all over for me then.
PD: What’s your favourite song to perform live?
CM: Probably the single that I’ve got out now “Click Me, Swipe Me, Follow Me, Like Me”. I’m enjoying playing that at the moment. I like the energy of it and it’s quite bouncy and it’s nice to see people singing along and they pick up the chorus really quick.
PD: What would you say has been the most important thing that you’ve learned from your career so far?
CM: Probably to listen. I think when I first started out, I thought I knew it all, and I think over time I’ve learned to take more things on board. Keep my mouth shut and my ears open and take more advice on, not thinking that you know it all.
PD: What has been your proudest moment in music?
CM: Well recently, getting played on national radio, like Planet Rock and things like that. Yeah, I’d say that, when national radio stations pick up on a single and are liking it. Getting that positive feedback.
PD: What has the reaction been like for the new single “Click Me, Swipe Me, Follow Me, Like Me”?
CM: Really good so far, to be honest. People have compared it to bands that I really like, so a comment I saw recently, someone said that it sounds like Cheap Trick! And I’m like, yeah I’ll go with that. So, yeah, the reaction has been very good. Positive comments like that, when people compare you to artists that you’ve got a lot of respect for, that’s really pleasing.
PD: When will we get to see the album “Until Your Heart Stops Beating” released?
CM: So, the album drops August 19th and that will be available through SWND Records and on all streaming platforms and I should be doing an album launch, plus there’s a couple of other live things that we’ve got in the works for Autumn time to follow up the album.
PD: So, what can we expect from the album?
CM: Ups and downs, fast and slow, a mix of styles really. There are some acoustic tracks on there, some real rockers, some kind of ‘power pop’ kind of thing. It’s 10 songs and we recorded about 13, but I narrowed it down to 10 because the balance was right between the harder rock stuff and the lighter stuff.
PD: What gigs have you got planned, where can people see you performing live?
CM: Well, there’s SWNDFest today, I’ve got an album launch that will be in September. I’m at the Soundbay Festival that will be held at the Patti Pavilion in October. And then there are a couple of live shows in the works opening up for a couple of American bands coming over, which I can’t say quite yet. Through the Autumn, there’ll be plenty of live work to support the album.
PD: Are there any bands that you are looking forward to sharing the bill with?
CM: Today? Well, I’m lucky that one of my best friends is on the bill as well, Gareth Lewis, so I’m looking forward to watching his set and I’m fortunate to be quite friendly with The Now and they are doing very, very well for themselves at the moment, so yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing them as well.
PD: Will you be playing any new tracks today?
CM: Yes, I’m actually gonna be playing a track that’s not on the album. I’m sketching to go back in the studio in September and although the album comes out in August, I’m hoping to have another EP out by the end of the year and there’ll be one track from that, so it’s completely new.
PD: Okay, many thanks for your time, before you go, where can people learn more about you and where can they buy your music/merch from?
CM: The merch can be bought through SWND Records, so there’s t shirts available there, there’ll be hard copies of the album there as well. If you search for Casey Maunder, there’s a FB page, Twitter, Instagram, all the usual social media…TikTok even, which I’m recently embracing.