BIGSOUND 2018 INTERVIEW: Cast Down (MELBOURNE)
It's Day 2 for all the Aussie musical movers and shakers as they descend on Fortitude Valley in Brisbane for four days and nights - yes fellow music lovers, BIGSOUND, aka one of the biggest events on the Aussie music calendar, is back for its seventeenth year! Notorious for launching of some of the country's most successful artists in the past (including Flume, The Temper Trap, A.B Original, Gang of Youths and more), BIGSOUND has been instrumental in uncovering the stars of tomorrow and shaping the future of the industry, and this year The Soundcheck will be showcasing some of the hottest heavy acts who will be slaying the stages at the BIGSOUND 2018 festival showcases. The Soundcheck has been getting "hot and heavy" with some epic up-and-comers in the lead up to this awesome event, and on Day 2 of the behemoth that is BIGSOUND we're chatting with hardcore metal lords Cast Down.
BIGSOUND 2018 HEAVY ARTIST FEATURE:
Bold, blistering and brutal - Melbourne's Cast Down bring a breath of heaving fresh air to the hardcore genre with their shredding ways. Weathering multiple lineup changes and years of honing their sound, the not only inject electronic elements to their industrial tendencies - they've also graced the stage alongside the likes of Korn, Limb Bizkit and Mastadon at the first ever Australian Download Fest
And with their first showcase tonight at BIGSOUND 2018, the Cast Down gents took a few moments to get 'H-O-T-A-N-D-H-E-A-V-Y' with The Soundcheck to chat influences, necessities and the future of Aussie heavy music.
H - HEAVY AND ALTERNATIVE MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA - Describe the Aussie heavy/alternative music scene in three words: New blood takeover
O - OPPORTUNITIES - What made you sign up for BIGSOUND 2018? What opportunities are you hoping will come out of playing at Bigsound? We’re always looking to get ourselves in front of as many people as possible and new markets. Any chance we get to play to new crowds and play with bands of different genres we’re interested in.
T - TELL US A SECRET - What’s something no one else knows about your band? We don’t prac as much as we should.
A - ADVICE - What’s one piece of advice about the music industry you wish you knew when you first started out? Always pay 50% upfront and 50% on completion.
N - NECESSITIES - What are some of your must-have necessities when you’re touring? Headphones, a reusable water bottle and a good quality pillow.
D - DAY IN THE LIFE - What does a usual day in the life of your band generally consist of? We’re either arguing or laughing mostly.
H - HEROES - Who are some of your band’s heroes and musical influences? Nine Inch Nails, Code Orange, Glassjaw, Every Time I Die, Godflesh.
E - EVOLUTION - Where do you see the future of Aussie heavy music heading in the near future? Bigger and better. Bands like Polaris are shining examples that lots of hard work gets you somewhere and hopefully that can encourage kids to form their own bands going forward.
A - ABSOLUTE MUST-SEES - What band(s) are you most keen to check out at BIGSOUND 2018 and why? Sleep Talk and The Comfort. They are both phenomenal.
V - VICTORIES - What’s been your biggest win as a band so far? E.g. an epic gig, great response to a release, or even just band members showing up on-time to rehearsal? Definitely playing Download Festival. Was a very cool experience to play on such a big stage.
Y - YEAR AHEAD - What’s your band got planned for the next twelve months? Release new music and tour tour tour.
CAST DOWN WILL BE SHOWCASING AT BIGSOUND 2018,
YOU CAN CATCH THEM HERE:
Wednesday 5th September - The Zoo - 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Thursday 6th September - 256 Wickham - 8:00pm - 8:30pm
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BY TIANA SPETER