Yellow Castle are an up and coming indie pop/folk duo from across the pond.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years?
Pete: Hello, I’m Pete. I’m from Perth, Western Australia and I’m an aspiring musician and songwriter, ½ of Yellow Castle. I’ve always really enjoyed writing music, I feel like coming up with catchy melodies is my strongest strength in life. I’m quite odd, my family and friends will often say ‘that’s just Pete being Pete’. I speak my mind, but my honesty is my bond. I’m also a very keen football supporter and player, I support Arsenal Football Club in the English Premier League. In the past few years, I’ve done a Diploma in Music, worked a handful of hospitality jobs and travelled around Europe, Asia and Australia with my family. I’d really like to be in a position where I can say that music is my full time job.
Em: Hey, I’m Em and you can pretty much copy and paste Pete’s first line! I’ve played piano since I was a little girl, always loved to sing along to the radio and a Bratz doll inspired my first legit attempt at songwriting. I played Wendy in my primary school’s adaptation of Peter Pan and was pretty much convinced I’d be a musical theatre star, minus the dancing. Then I joined a band in highschool called 44th Sunset, we won a competition and felt like rockstars for a bit, I stayed on with my friend who was the drummer and he first introduced me to Pete and his brother, which became Rich King Matthews- our first step into indie folk pop. In the mean time, I completed an acting degree to help build confidence as a performer and challenge my creativity. My most music related job so far was singing karaoke covers of old hits on a wine boat…Like Pete, I would love to be able to make a living off my own music.
How would you describe your music?
Pete: That’s a hard question, but I think what I’m trying to create with my music is catchy melodies that get stuck in your head and ones that you can comfortably sing along to.
Em: I’d probably say upbeat, catchy, honest and warm indie folk pop.
Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
Pete: Certainly can. My influences are predominately UK-based, with bands such as The Kooks (my all-time-favourite band), definitely Mumford &Sons- I love their writing style, I was a huge fan of Noah and The Whale before they unfortunately broke up and Slow Club I really like a lot- I would love to one day support them, as I think that Em and I would be perfect for their vibe. Also, I can’t forget to mention a few American bands I’m really enjoying right now, such as Vampire Weekend, Bronze Radio Returns and Farewell Milhaukee.
Em: I grew up loving old Hollywood musicals, show-tunes and stars like Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, with their warm and sultry vocals and big bands backing them. I probably learnt all of the words to most ABBA and Beatles songs in the womb… I learnt how to play piano with Delta Goodrem ( haha), then it evolved into a Norah Jones phase, followed by being moody with Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple, then being cute with Ingrid Michaelson. But now I’m more into The Lumineers for their storytelling and clarity, Dresses- who are this super cool duo with cute boy-girl harmonies and quirky electronic beats that make Pete and I like pop more, the catchy as heck Sing Street soundtrack- because that movie was amazing and inspiring and The Kooks- because they are groovy and remind me of Pete!
What are you currently promoting?
Em: We’re officially releasing our single ‘Restless Creature’ with The A&R Department on the 26th August. So that’s pretty exciting getting some help to push our track out there.
Pete: We are at this point a duo, but listening to the track, it sounds like a band… Credit goes to our friend Sam Wylde, who created drums and bass, produced and recorded us. We’re really proud for this track to be our debut single, our music is growing and we’re very excited to record more.
Have you got a particular song you've done that you're particularly proud of, one that might define you?
Em: So far, our song ‘My Daughter’ is the one that we grin along to. It’s what we imagine the bond between parent and child feels like and how it stays strong no matter the distance. Definitely inspired out of love for our super supportive parents and what we look forward to experiencing later in life with our own children.
What are you currently listening to?
Em: I listen to whatever he’s listening to! We share a car most of the time, and I trust him to DJ.
Pete: Bronze Radio Returns, Mumford & Sons, The Kooks of course, Slow Club and I really like that Dancing in the Moonlight song, it’s got a really cool upbeat groove to it.
And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn't do without?
Pete: Probably ‘Konk’ by The Kooks. I really like listening to it, it really brings me up when I’m down.
Em: I really love ‘Cleopatra’ by The Lumineers. It’s the sort of album where the more you listen to it, the better it gets.
What are your hopes for your future career?
Pete: To be a famous musician, I guess. ( laughs).
Em: To fill a room or more with people who came to see us, who’d stick around if we were on late!
If money were no object what would be your dream project?
Pete: Tour and play in front of thousands of people.
Em: Same, create a big live show and travel.
What's the best thing about being a musician?
Pete: Creativity and expressing yourself.
Em: Having a way to connect to myself, to others.
And the worst?
Em: Trying to make something out of nothing.
Finally, have you anything you'd like to say to the readers of Americana UK?
Thanks you so much for reading, and we hope you like the track!