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Meet Ari Castleton of Qbomb in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ari Castleton.

Ari, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started playing guitar at 15 because I wanted to be cool like Tom Delonge. That definitely didn’t pan out but I stuck with it and finally got comfortable enough to jam with people. I think Jordan was actually the first person I regularly jammed with, just blasting Weezer and Blink in our work’s band room after hours haha. Eventually Gene and Rem asked me to help turn their Qbomb chiptune demos into guitar tracks and that kinda got the ball rolling there. We got Jordan involved shortly after, and now we have actual songs and shows which is wild. This is all very confusing but I think high school me would be so proud.

Has it been a smooth road?
Yeah, nothing too hard. Guitar was always a nice outlet for me since I had NO IDEA what I was doing with my life until like my 2nd year of college. Qbomb actually runs REALLY smooth for a band, like we’re all really nice understanding people with open minds and CRAZY amount of drive. I think playing with these guys helped me open up a bit more too, especially with stage fright/being the center of attention.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Man, Qbomb is so weird to describe. We’re punk/nu-metal/chiptune/garage/post-hardcore etc. I always like to say we sound like boss battle music if it was played by a garage band, which is pretty cool to think about haha. I’m really proud of how unique our sound is, I still haven’t really found a band that we sound like; and even though this style of music isn’t my favorite, I still have such a blast playing it and helping write some of it. I think the fact that a lot of us are artist or come from that background sets us apart. Almost everything we put out is designed by someone in the bad, and if not we have a close network of such amazing talented people we can reach out to. It really helps the image haha.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I’d like to think it’s only going to get bigger, maybe more shows or opening up for bigger bands. When we started, Gene was telling us all the plans he had (music videos, shows, photoshoots, etc.) and I thought that sounded so out there, like NO WAY I can’t picture myself in a music video. But now we’ve done all that, so I’m optimistic. If we can get added to one of those popular SICKBEATZ official Spotify playlist, I’d be happy!

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Tina Horton, Tarreyn Van Slyke, Amanda Rynda

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