Tommy Castles Band took out first place at the FReeZA Push Start Western Metro Regional Final on November 20 in Hoppers Crossing. They will join eight other regional final winners to play at the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final to be held at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival on Friday 11 March, 2016.
Hi guys, what’s the name of your band, who’s in it and where are you guys from?
We’re from all over the place! I’m from Williamstown, Eion’s from Brunswick, Alexis is from Hawthorn & Caitlin’s from Clayton. We are just under my name – Tommy Castles.
Briefly tell us the story behind your band and how long you’ve been making music and writing songs?
I’ve been playing music for 10 years and gigging for over 3.. I used to be one of those one-man band dudes but I had a jam with a drummer one day and realized for me personally, how much more fun it was standing up and going mental on stage. And then the band was born.
What are your band’s musical influences? Have they evolved from when you guys first started out?
Once again, our influences come from all over the place which is why I love playing with these guys. I’m mainly influenced by Folk & Roots music like Nick Drake and Xavier Rudd.. But most importantly, Jeff Buckley. The others influences range from The Red Hot Chili Peppers to Hiatus Kaiyote.
Which Regional Final did you win, and how was the FReeZA Push Start competition experience for you guys?
We won the Western Region Final! It was so fun! Always a contrast to playing in a bar but had such a great time.
You’ll now be battling it out with eight other bands at the Grand Final at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival 2016 for a pretty sweet prize pack. Which prize excites you most and why?
Definitely the recording at Hothouse Studios! We’ve been dying to get into a studio to try and get an EP together but haven’t really got our funds together! It would be absolutely unreal.
What were your favourite songs or albums for 2015? What music are you most looking forward to next year?
The album that’s always being played at home is Skyscraper Stan & The Commision Flat’s debut album. It’s so good! But next year I cannot wait for a Matt Corby album and hopefully some new stuff from Ben Howard!
Where have you performed? What are your favourite shows to play at?
We’ve been gigging at least twice a week for the past year or so. We’ve played all over Victoria but the most memorable would be supporting Benny Walker at The Thornbury Theatre and our co-headline with The Black Harrys at The Workers Club. We are actually playing another headline there on December 18th! Can’t wait.
If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be your dream gig or tour? Where would it be, who would be playing, etc?
I’d probably donate all the money to charity and play any gig where people are there to appreciate what I do. That’s all that really matters to me. But you know, if Xavier Rudd was keen for us to tour with him, we definitely wouldn’t say no! haha.
What’s the plan for your band in 2016, what will you be doing or working on?
We’re currently in the process of getting a Booking Agent so hopefully plenty more gigs and support slots inter-state! We’ll also definitely be releasing an album sometime soon for sure.
Where can fans find out more about you and upcoming shows?
For more information about the FReeZA Push Start competition, click here.