Jean Castel

Jean Castel

Jean Castel

Jean Castel

 

 

Jean Castel

 

 

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Jean Castel, I’m 21 years old, born and raised in Bordeaux, France. Moved to the U.S. when I was 18 years old. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. I’m a musician, songwriter and producer.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

Started playing violin from age 5 until I was 8 years old. I quit playing violin due to the rigorous European classical training. After picking up the guitar at age 9, I rediscovered my love for music which led me to draw influence from ‘The Beatles’. My father had a small collection of records, including the ’Sgt. Pepper’s album, which changed my life. This musical experience shaped my artistic vision. I then started attending the national conservatory in Bordeaux for Jazz guitar at age 14 and went to Berklee College of Music when I finally graduated from High School. I’ve been living in the U.S. since and am currently recording my debut EP titled “Orange & Yellow”.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

I would say my genre of music is a mix of pop, hip-hop, r&b and touches of Jazz.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

This song is about a love affair. It’s that moment when a relationship begins to dwindle, and your interests look elsewhere. A special someone may be on your mind, but you feel obliged to remain with your current partner.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

Finding your niche within the music industry has been a challenge. Developing and owning a unique sound is something I work on everyday.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

I had the honor of recording and producing this record at EastWest Studios with Oh1Eleven. The brilliant Spike Stent and assistant Michael Freeman mixed it, followed by Chris Gehringer mastering it.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Press:

Rockda Fuq Out

Audiotox

Alfitude

Gas Mask

Big City Thoughts

Listen with Liz Morgan

 

Repost:

Purple Melon Music

Tasty Future

Advux Classic

Advux

Hype musii

Holydope

Hugeremix

Thekollection

 

Internet Radio:

Euromerica Radio

 

Spotify:

Eternity Network

Future House Cloud

Manifesto

Big City Thoughts

Rockda Fuq Out

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal.

To be very honest with you, I just want to make unique sounding music, something different, but honest. That’s all I’ve been aiming for and still am striving for today. Life will decide about the rest, I’ll just trust in what my gut instinct tells me to do.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Humanity, human behavior, beauty, colors, places, experiences etc.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Haha! I don’t have it. I strongly believe no-one does. Making good music that’s different and exciting is the key to success I feel. But in the end, people decide what’s going to make it or not really.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Will probably sound stereotypical and redundant but being unique is the most important thing for an artist I think. You can’t compare your stuff to other people’s stuff since you’re trying to be different. You don’t want to be Michael Jackson, there’s already been one, and we don’t need 2 of him. So be unique, go against the trend.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’ve put out a bunch of songs when I was 16 until I was 18 and then stopped for a while to work on production and in depth songwriting. I received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where I studied through to 2015. I haven’t focused on live performances so far but I’ve played a couple venues here and there, mostly in France and the U.S. Once again, I am currently working on my debut EP “Orange & Yellow” with the intent to play a few showcase gigs next year.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

It most likely starts with a chord progression, then I write the melody and then the lyrics. I’m usually more inspired to write lyrics over a chord progression because there is already a vibe to it and I can then visualize what I want to talk about better. After that process is finished, I then build out the production and record the entire track.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The Beatles, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Jackson and Pharrell.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve collaborated with artists Sean Brown, Mr. Hudson, Futuristic and would love to collaborate with Kanye, Pharrell, Paul McCartney and Kendrick.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

 

Spotify

 

 

Facebook

 

 

Twitter

 

 

Instagram

 

Website

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I’m the happiest when I’m around my family and friends and I’m the saddest when they’re not around. They and music are the 2 things that keep me sane.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I will buy my dad his favorite car and will give my mom a bunch of money so she can travel wherever she wants, buy them flight tickets so they can come see me more often and then buy myself some plugins/gear. We all love some good gear don’t we?


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