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|Kastle at Casselmans Bar & Venue in Denver|
Some artists are just born to be visionary forward thinkers who create ideas, styles and genres long before they are the "popular" thing. Barrett Richards, the producer/DJ better known as Kastle, comes from a small town in northwest Pennsylvania where he got into playing music at the young age of 12. Inspired by the early house sounds of Moby, he picked up synthesizers and ditched his guitar to create futuristic "forward thinking" music. Later he moved to San Francisco to be further influenced by things like philosophy and science. It's fitting considering most of the great thinkers in both of those disciplines were considered "ahead of their time" despite creating theories and inventions to improve the present.
"I think a lot of people describe my music as futuristic but for me its very now," says Richards. "I guess because it's so different people tend to think it's futuristic but it's very much where I am." People tend to label things that they don't understand especially when it's breaking molds and creating something that sounds very unique. Also being on tour with dubstep master 12th Planet probably further created his acceptance in the dub community. "You can maybe say I'm an extension of that scene a little. I have definitely been influenced by the dub and bass scene," the DJ adds. Fusing together bass, dubstep, house, electronica and R&B Kastle has created his own unique sound which is clearly shown on his first self-titled album which came out in April on his label Symbol Recordings. Tonight, he's wrapping up his 15-stop North American live tour with a DJ set at Focus Tuesdays in Newport Beach, live set at Low End Theory in LA tomorrow and then heading to Mexico City on Thursday.More »