Triumphantly overcoming burdensome scenarios presents us this excellent opportunity to speak with our friend Atlas Castle regarding the EP, along with whatever other bullshit we may sling at one another. Without further adieu, I present you with the Internationally Acclaimed, Atlas Castle.
Thanks so much for taking this time to sit down with me today, Atlas. Also, for tolerating my exposition. But, here, we are - at the summit - Anything you’d care to say before I start firing away?
To start with, thanks to you for the consideration, Mate. Happy to spend some time with you today! Concerning my Monikers… I’ve stopped counting them on the internet, not always easy to keep up. Guillaume is the official one in case you didn't know ;) Happy to be here, sharing a genuine moment in your company, Chuck. Let’s get them cylinders firing!
I feel as though I should know this, so please pardon me, but this will be release number? for this nom de plume? What keeps you going in this role? Why not bail on it for something else?
This EP will be my eighth release. Since I launched Atlas Castle I've managed to release a couple of Singles, collaborations and remixes. This EP will be my biggest and most personal project to date.
I’ve been a musician for a great amount of years now, playing in bands and trying to be as active as I can be with my creativity. I honestly never felt the need to bail for something else, at least not for now. I started this little project 9 months ago because I felt the need to have my own “baby”. With this baby, I wanted to provide myself a nice, little playground where I could enjoy some space for my creativity to blossom without any kinds of compromise. (You know the drill, being your own judge, without having to compromise your art and creativity with any band members).
The new EP conjures loads of thoughts about who Atlas Castle is, but in your own words. I’d like to ask a rather obvious seeming one - Who is Atlas Castle?
Well… I could start by saying that I’m a 29 year old French Dude living abroad in Denmark. My friends and beloved tend to describe me as a quiet and self-reflective guy. I rather like the idea of this persona and try my best to live up to this idea, haha.
But, for real, I’m a hyperactive dude, constantly and psychically all over the place in order to put my heart and full effort into every direction I am pulled. I stretch my own personal limits so frequently, namely, for the sake of experiencing new and inspiring projects. I don’t talk much in real life (that’s maybe why people categorize me as quiet) but my brain is constantly running its own circus ...
I tend to be positive, but I have my dark spot as well. I find strength and inspiration in epic, melancholic and moving music. My heart belongs to heavy and punk rock babe!
Is the name you’ve derived from the mythological figure somewhat used in a tongue and cheek fashion? That’s always the best I could interpret it - Leave me be because I got some major shit going on and it. is . heavy. Not you, of course. Merely the name.
So, Atlas, mythical Atlas, was given the burden of holding up the World. Clearly not me, haha. But, I love the story and the message behind it. I clearly picked up the name in references to the Titan Atlas. I clearly don’t bear the burden of the world on my shoulder, but I need to be involved, to be dedicated and keep the activity going. I see myself taking care of plenty of projects at once, carrying them on my shoulders the best way I can because I need a reason to wake up tomorrow.
For those that don’t know, how old were you when you started tinkering with music and on what instrument?