On top of a moody Electronic production, Jean Castel lusts for the one he wants, stuck in his head, he knows what he wants and he needs it bad. While his vocals shine, his top lines get stuck in your head and the overall track brings a sexy and passionate groove. This may be the first time we’ve heard of Jean Castel, but we will be paying close attention from here on in.
Check out the track below and keep scrolling for a little Q&A to learn more about the up and coming talent.
RDFO: When did you first find out you had an interest in music? Does music run in your family?
JC: First found out I wanted to do music when I was 5 years old. Started playing the violin at that time. My great uncle and his wife sing opera, and then there’s me. We’re the only 3 musicians. But we all really love listening to a lot of music all the time though.
RDFO: You were born in France? At what age did you move to the US?
JC: I was born and raised in France indeed! In Bordeaux, more precisely. I moved to the U.S. after graduating from high school at age 18 to go to Berklee in Boston.
RDFO: What food do you miss most from France?
JC: Great question. Hard question. “Magret de canard” is probably the food I miss the most from France. It’s duck cooked in a certain way, and I️ don’t know how they cook it really but it’s so delicious. Add some fries on the side and you have heaven in your mouth.
RDFO: What was your experience at Berklee like?
JC: It was a really great and mind-opening experience. Got to immerse myself, know more about the American culture, work on my English etc. And met so many wonderful musicians that I’ve worked with or that I️ just kept in touch with. Didn’t stay too long there but it was short and intense in a good way.
RDFO: Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
JC: The Beatles are the ones that made me do music again after I️ quit playing the violin at 8. My teachers were too demanding and really turned me off. It was the classical European way of teaching music that I️ didn’t like. But after listening to the Beatles, I️ started playing guitar at 9 and that’s when music really started being a fun thing to do. So they really have a special place in my life. Other than them, I️ would say Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Kanye West.
RDFO: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
JC: Meeting my current manager has definitely been a big step in my career. He’s really helped me develop myself as a musician, and introduced me to so many great people that I️ got to learn from and work with. And being mentored by someone like Spike Stent has helped me understand many things about production and sound in general. This man has incredible ears and is very generous.
RDFO: What is up next for you?
JC: I’m currently working on an EP that I’m really excited about. It’s going to show a range of my sounds and influences. It’ll be called “Orange & Yellow” and will be coming your way in the winter 2018!