Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CR: We are riff-driven, high-energy retro rock and rollers who create original music that sounds instantly familiar. We were once accused of playing covers by a somewhat ignorant bar owner who refused to pay ASCAP fees – he was silenced with a set-list. Like Picasso said, “great artists steal.” Castaway Radio steals from the future, writing songs that we would anticipate hearing on our favourite band’s next album. Applying influences from the whole rock spectrum, our eclectic furnace of sound is always stoked.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CR: All members of Castaway Radio came through the Mr. G’s portal, a family-owned music store that closed just before the Pandemic so the owners could work on their well-earned retirement. Castaway Radio members all developed an appreciation for structure and musical theory, which somehow compliments their innate skills of playing by ear. Band members are a mix of North Carolina, Missouri and Texas natives. Austin is a graduate of the University of Houston and works for an IT company. Holden is a graduate of University of Houston in Marketing and works for the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. Clay graduates high school next year and has already started a few businesses on the side. We are all committed to Castaway Radio and have performed more than 110 shows since our inception in 2010.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CR: Musical influences include Beatles, Beach Boys, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand, ELO to name a few. Non-musical influences were the coaches and teachers that either helped or hindered their musical journey. Peer groups also figured in; the boys started as the “Castaways” since all members had been “invited to leave” by their former bands. The result of some of the hardships of this rejection and not being the “in” crowd has held Castaway Radio together these 10+ years.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CR: The goal of becoming a regionally popular Texas band is well on the way. If we manage to get a few songs on the national scene, this would be OK and could even help us achieve this goal. We would like to bring our music to other parts of the world as we fancy ourselves a bit of a British band derivative. If all goes well, we can see this happening in 2022 with a new release to follow Good Stuff.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CR: To date, most songs have been penned by Austin. They are often inspired by some type of conflict. Austin does not always want to express himself directly to others, but he quite often does this through song. There are countless people who may have inspired a song by Castaway Radio and are completely unaware.
Recently Holden has been pushing more ideas into the musical arrangements. Results have been mixed, but without a doubt, it has created some classics. A particular feature song coming out on the next release called “Melodies” is destined for greatness. It has aired in numerous venues to date with fantastic reception.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CR: We have created electronic promotion materials for submissions to formal opportunities. Our manager is incessant and uses everything from phones, texts, show up in person, and would use mail pigeons if they didn’t make such a mess.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CR: We are sad when we go to sell merch like CD’s and people don’t want it anymore. Heck, most cars today don’t even have a cd player. Downloading has divided music more than it has unified anything and distanced listeners from the experience.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CR: “Semi-Charmed Life” – 3EBlind Just a great song – great story. Makes you move and when you sing it you can feel everything release inside you. It’s like you are on a roller coaster – speeding up and slowing back down. The song is just a wild ride.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CR: Cover bands that read off of I*Pads and get paid for it. It is disrespectful to the original artist and lazy.
When we were first getting started, it was the bands who would leave right after they played…after we sat for hours and respectively watched them play.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CR: Playing with great bands that took their own introduction time to speak about us
Watching folks and especially young audiences dance to our music who just feel it
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CR: A new album – the teaser video is Think for Me. Most of the songs for the album have been written, but we typically like to perform them live a few times to make sure the feel is what we want. Although we have a studio, we still find a lot of the finalization occurs with the help of our sound engineer and musical family.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it?
CR: SPOTIFY – https://open.spotify.com/artist/5W2PFKuJPeHlSqjOUGvaoT
BAND CAMP – https://castawayradio.bandcamp.com/
REVERBNATION – https://www.reverbnation.com/castawayradio
HEARNOW – GOOD STUFF EP AND LINKS https://castawayradio.hearnow.com/good-stuff
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/castawayradio/
WEBSITE – http://castawayradioband.com/
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