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Le Castle Vania

Right after our set on the Together Stage at ID Fest Mansfield, we broke down our setup and ran to catch a 3:30pm interview with Le Castle Vania. While waiting at the back gate to the iHome Stage, a text popped up from Laura, who handles his press for the festival. “Telling Dylan to grab you now… keep an eye out for a skinny blonde dude poking his head around,” it read. He came a minute later and led us to his sweet tour bus.

Describe what you do in one sentence.
A fusion between EDM and rock music.

Where do you find influence?
I take influence from all over, all kinds of music. I like big aggressive rock, Daft Punk, Boys Noize… I started with drum and bass. I also played in a band when I was younger; listened to rock first. Then I decided, “I’m gonna make electronic music.”546274_10150902532974381_181986357_n

Can you remember the turning point that made you realize, “this is it?”
It was totally an accident, really. I wasn’t set out to be famous. I was making music in my bedroom and sending tracks out to other DJs. Le Castle Vania started when blogs were popping off and indie dance was all remixes. I was sending my music out to blogs at the right time.

Name some classics.

  • Grum – Go Back (Le Castle Vania Remix) I play this in my sets to this day. It captures all the elements I want in my songs.
  • Kaskade – Turn It Down (Le Castle Vania Remix) This one plays to Kaskade‘s crowd and my crowd. It came out really rad.

What’s your digital audio workstation?
Logic. I used to teach Logic for Apple prior to this taking off. I’m Apple-certified.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
Boyz Noize is a super cool dude and my favorite DJ to watch. He can turn a set into his own and make it all sound like Boys Noize. And Knife Party… they’re killing it.

What are some of your most memorable shows?
All the Insomniac festivals are the shit to play. ID has been amazing; this is my second year on it. The cool thing about ID is it’s a festival environment going to cities that would’t have the opportunity to do something like this. I get to play for fan bases I’ve only been able to reach via the Internet.

What’s something else cool you have going?
My label, Always Never, is open to submissions. It’s purely for fun to put music out.

One piece of advice you can offer to an aspiring artist is…
Don’t look to others for some sort of validation. You just got to do you. Electronic music has the most potential of any genre to be original, but people keep biting the same sounds. If you really want to pop off, you need to bring your own flavor. If you’re a motivated person, you always want to get to the next level.