2019 was, without a doubt a year to remember for Kristin Caswell. Preforming at both Leeds and Reading festivals and then going on to play the biggest gig of the year, supporting the global megastar, Ed Sheeran.
On the brink of stardom Caswell was interviewed by the BBC as a result of winning the national competition to perform with Ed Sheeran. But then, Covid 19 happened…
However, this hasn’t deterred the gifted artist, Holly Keenan caught up with Caswell to find out what she has lined up for the future, post lockdown.
Tell us a bit about how you got into the music world?
I started writing songs after watching a musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 10 years old (it was my favourite show!). I then joined all the choirs and took singing lessons in secondary school as I knew it was what I loved to fill my time with. At 14 years old I got accepted into The BRIT School for performing arts, in London.
Who were your biggest inspirations growing up?
I’ve always loved singing ever since I was a toddler, my Mum has the home videos to prove it unfortunately! So, from super young I remember having a Madonna Tour VHS and being obsessed with that but was convinced she was part of my favourite girl band and would insist she be called ‘Madonna Spice’. As a 90s kid I loved that pop group vibe, and then as I got older, I revisited the much richer side of 90s music: my favourites being Bjork, Radiohead, Lauryn Hill, Alanis Morissette and Erykah Badu.
What are the highlights of your singing career so far?
The highlights so far would have to be all the incredible live experiences I’ve had, including playing Latitude, Reading and Leeds, but most notably supporting Ed on the last night of his Divide world tour when he played Chantry Park. Singing in front of 40,000 people was hands down a dream come true and the most incredible feeling!
You were a guest on BBC News look east! How was this whole experience for you?
Honestly that was a great evening. The presenters were so lovely, we had a big chat before we went on live so that I wouldn’t be too nervous. I’d just won the national competition to support Ed and it felt like the whole of the East was so excited for him to play in Ipswich, everyone was buzzing!
As an artist who relies on performing live, how did you cope through the pandemic?
I found it tough, honestly. One obstacle was having my band situated in London and me in Woodbridge, so there was no way we were even going to manage going for a walk together let alone have a practice. Playing together is what we love to do! Having played at the most gigs I had ever done in a year in 2019 I think it hit even harder too, having built such a good momentum on the live side of things and then watching everything postpone and cancel. It was like my purpose and identity was stripped away and I just had to have faith it would all work itself out.
Have you been able to organize any gigs for this summer?
Due to covid restrictions being extended we have had a few things canceled unfortunately but we just did our first gig of the year last weekend in Norwich, which was great! We are also supporting the Magic Numbers on July 10th at a beautiful new woodland space called Thorington Theatre. The evening show has sold out, but they’ve now added a matinee too. I also have a headline booked at Cult Bar on August 14th in Ipswich and am playing Maui Waui Festival which is always a highlight.
And the Future for Caswell?
I’ve almost finished work on my new single and am getting into the studio to work on the second single by the end of July, exciting times! So, some autumn releases upcoming, paired with lots more thrilling shows towards the end of the year too…
Follow Caswell on Instagram @caswellofficial or check her website out here