Gavin Castleton sitting on stairs in a blue shirt without ear piercings.
|Origin||Providence, Rhode Island USA|
|Labels||Five One Inc., Integers Only, Hematoma Support Group|
Gavin Castleton is a musician/songwriter from Providence, Rhode Island. Originally known for his work with Gruvis Malt as keyboardist and singer, Castleton has also released eight full length albums (Hypotenuse, Dark Age, Grace Land, For the Love of Pete, Covers, Home, Won Over Frequency, and #blessed') and 6 EPs (FortNightShift EP with One Drop, Hospital Hymns, A Bullet, A Lever, A Key, Window 23 with Stateless, Random Anthems, and It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Worst of Times.). He has also released two full-length albums with action-adventure rock trio Ebu Gogo. Castleton currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Castleton toured and recorded as a founding member of RI band Gruvis Malt, with whom he released 5 LPs and 4 EPs.
Castleton began his solo career with the independent release of two records: Hypotenuse and Dark Age, in April of 2004. In addition to performing solo shows, he recorded and performed with several established bands, including One Drop (Orlando, FL), Paranoid Social Club (Portland, ME), Club D'Elf (Boston, MA), and Facing New York (San Francisco, CA). He released the FortNightShift EP in 2005 and the Grace Land album, a collaboration with playwright Cyrus Leddy, in 2006.
From 2006 to 2008, Castleton recorded and toured as a member of Ebu Gogo, an Adventure Rock trio from Providence, RI that also featured Justin Abene and Brendan Bell of Gruvis Malt. Ebu Gogo released two full length albums independently: Chase Scenes 1-14 and Worlds.
In early 2007, Castleton released the Hospital Hymns EP, a 5-song concept record about a zealotous hospital worker, and For the Love of Pete, a compilation of love songs. He performed at the annual SXSW festival  for the first time, premiering songs from both recordings.
In late 2007 he released A Bullet, A Lever A Key, the progressive hip hop EP that depicts his ever-deteriorating life in reverse-chronological order, beginning with his suicide in 2054 and ending backstage at a "present day" performance. He also published several tangents to the narrative on his blog "The Great Consolidation".
In January of 2008, Castleton moved to Portland, OR, returning to New England often to continue work on his next full-length album, Home. On Halloween in 2008, Japanese label Five One Inc. released "Unparallel Rabbits", the first single from Home. The digital download included a b-side - Gruvis Malt's "Since 1968" remixed by longtime collaborator The Overclock Orchestra.
On January 12th 2009, the second single from the album, "Coffeelocks", was released digitally along with b-side, "Shell" (cowritten and produced by Zach Lipkins). The song was added to regular rotation on the influential NPR-affiliate KCRW, as well as many college stations around the country and an in-store radio compilation at Hollister clothing stores.
On February 13th 2009, Five One Inc. released Home digitally, and on April 7 it was released on CD to stores nationwide. Castleton toured both coasts playing solo shows to promote the album. He formed a band and toured to SXSW for a showcase, performing never-before heard arrangements of songs from Home. He also performed live on KCRW's wildly popular show, Morning Becomes Eclectic.
In the Fall of 2009, Castleton formed a trio, with Eduardo Torres on drums and Gray Robertson on bass, to perform 67 self-booked shows in 72 days, criss-crossing the US. Solo artist Gardening Not Architecture joined the trio for half of the dates, billed as the "E.I.Y. Tour." The second half included a 10-date run with Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, and Fun.
On October 12, 2009 Five One Inc. released The Random Anthems EP on iTunes. It contains three songs: Shell 2: Nephew of Shell (the sequel to Shell, produced by Zach Lipkins), Scared Scared Scared (previously released on the Japanese import of For the Love of Pete), and Hope is a Drug (produced by Overclock Orchestra). Hope is a Drug was featured as Today's Top Tune on KCRW, and enjoyed airplay on specialty radio shows around the country.
2010 - 2011
On October 1, 2010, after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Gavin released a new lp, Won Over Frequency in both digital and physical formats. The album is a collection of unreleased hit songs featuring Steve Choi, Matthew Fazzi, Keith Brush, Lex Land, Brandon Clemmens, Justin Abene, Steve Geuting, and several local Portland artists. The extensive album artwork-making process, featuring the work of Aaron Nagel, Brendan Bell, Justin Muir, and Lorna Carman, was captured on video and featured on Castleton's Youtube Channel.
In the Fall of 2010, The Castleton Trio toured to the east coast to support the record, joined by friends Lex Land and Happy Body Slow Brain, who also performed in his set. In September of 2011, The Castleton Trio toured with Lex Land to support her latest full-length, Were My Sweetheart to Go. The rhythm section was shared by both artists.
2012 - Present
During the first half of 2012, Castleton released a series of singles and live video performances. He published 5 songs that were collaborations with listeners that donated to his Kickstarter campaign for Won Over Frequency.
On September 19th 2012, Castleton performed live on Jimmy Fallon with Okay Player rapper/producer Danny! and the Roots.
In September of 2013, Castleton was featured on the song "Better Tomorrow" by Lithuanian DJ Will Star. The song rose to #2 on the internet radio EDM charts.
On April 23rd 2014, Castleton released a 16-song "mixtape" called #blessed, as a free download on his bandcamp and soundcloud pages, as well as free streaming across all streaming platforms.
In May of 2014, Castleton's band embarked on The DoubleBlessed Tour with Happy Body Slow Brain, performing ten dates around New England to promote #blessed.
On October 10th, 2014 Castleton released It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Worst of Times, a 5-song EP of "sad piano songs."
- Dark Age (2004)
- Hypotenuse (2004)
- FortNightShift (EP) (2005)
- Grace Land (2006)
- Hospital Hymns (EP) (2007)
- For The Love of Pete (2007)
- A Bullet, A Lever, A Key (EP) (2007)
- Window 23 w/ Stateless (7") (2008)
- Home (2009)
- Random Anthems EP (2009)
- Covers (2009)
- Won Over Frequency (2010)
- "Covers (extended edition)" (2013)
- #blessed (2014)
- It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Worst of Times EP (2014)
- Travelight (TBD)
- Moratorium (TBD)
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A detailed list of every release Castleton has been a part of as either a songwriter, performer, engineer or producer.
|1993||Subgenius||Subgenius||cassette||"engineering," vocals, keyboards, drums, graphic design|
|1995||Gruvis Malt||Emiquis Squerve Demo||cassette||keyboards, graphic design|
|1996||West Coast Groove Satellite||West Coast Groove Satellite||cassette||"engineering," "mixing," all composition, keyboards, vocals, graphic design|
|West Coast Groove satellite||Funkin' Go Nuts||cassette||"engineering," "mixing," most composition, keyboards, vocals, graphic design|
|Gruvis Malt||Breakfast All Day||cassette||production, mixing, keyboards, vocals, graphic design|
|1997||Gruvis Malt||Fetus EP||cassette||production, mixing, keyboards, vocals, graphic design|
|1998||Gruvis Malt||Cromagnetic||CD||(aside from credits of two cassettes that were reprinted) production, vocals, keyboards, graphic design|
|1999||Gruvis Malt||Sound Soldiers||CD||production, mixing, keyboards, samples, vocals, graphic design|
|Flint||One Degree EP||CD||engineering, production, mixing, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, samples, vocals, graphic design|
|2000||Gruvis Malt||Backout Smiling EP||CD||keyboards, vocals, graphic design|
|2001||Locale AM||Sounds of Spring||CD||vocals on track 3|
|Grüvis Malt||3 Radio hits demo||CD||engineering, production, mixing, keyboards, vocals, drum sequencing, graphic design|
|Keith Carini||Untitled||unreleased||engineering, mixing, keyboards|
|Brandon Clemmens||The Inconvincible||CD||engineering, mixing, "mastering," keyboards, graphic design|
|Gruvis Malt||Promotional Interactive CD #1||CD||engineering, mixing, keyboards, vocals, flash programming|
|Gruvis Malt||Promotional Interactive CD #2||CD||engineering, mixing, keyboards, vocals, flash programming|
|Gruvis Malt||...With the Spirit of a Traffic Jam||CD||engineering, mixing, production, keyboards, vocals, percussion, sequencing, graphic design|
|2003||Vismal||Volume 1: A Correspondence Course in Best Friendship||CDR||engineering, mixing, "mastering," keyboards, vocals, sequencing, graphic design|
|Sage Francis||Dead Poet Live Album||CD||keyboards|
|2004||Gruvis Malt||Simon||CD||keyboards, vocals, graphic design|
|Gavin Castleton||Hypotenuse||CD||engineering, mixing, production, all composition, keyboards, drums, bass, guitar, cornet, mellophone, vocals, sequencing, graphic design|
|Gavin Castleton||Dark Age||CD||engineering, mixing, production, all composition, keyboards, drums, bass, guitar, cornet, mellophone, vocals, sequencing, graphic design|
|2005||Madjkut||The Flint||CD||keys on tracks 7-9|
|Gavin Castleton / One Drop||FortNightShift EP||CD||engineering, mixing, composition for tracks 1-4, keyboards, vocals, graphic design|
|Johnny Bass||I Wish You Could Love Me||MP3||vocals|
|Monty||The Red Shift||CD||guitar and bass engineering on tracks 2 and 4-8, keyboard production and sequencing on tracks 2, 5, 6, and 8|
|Jonny Classic & The Classic Johns||Your New Favorite Record||CD||mixing, additional production, violin on track 6, assisted graphic design|
|Sage Francis||Road Tested (2003–2005)||CD||keyboards|
|Andrew Brown||Communal Abuse remix||digital||production, additional keyboards|
|Ryan McCalmon||Come Home||CD||keyboards and additional production/arrangement on track 1, 3, 4, 5|
|Gruvis Malt||Maximum Unicorn||CD||engineering, production, mixing, keyboards, vocals, string arrangements, sequencing, mellophone, cornet, guitar on track 6|
|Vismal||Volume Zero: Cover Girls||CDR||mixing, "mastering," sequencing on track 5, production on track 6, vocals on tracks 2 and 5,keyboards on tracks 4, 6, 7, and 10, arrangement on track 1, 4-6, 10|
|2006||Ebu Gogo||Chase Scenes 1-14||CDR||keyboards, engineering, mixing (both with Justin Abene)|
|Gavin Castleton & Cyrus Leddy||Grace Land||CD||vocals, engineering, production, keyboards, guitar (except track 8), sequencing, mixing|
|2007||Gavin Castleton||Hospital Hymns EP||CD||vocals, engineering, production, keyboards, string arrangements, bass, drums, guitar (except track 2 and 5), sequencing, mixing, graphic design|
|Gavin Castleton||A Bullet, A Lever, A Key EP||CD||vocals, production, keyboards, composition, additional percussion, sequencing, mixing (with Rob Pemberton), graphic design|
|Gavin Castleton||For the Love of Pete||CD||vocals, production, keyboards, composition, sequencing, mixing, graphic design (with Jenny Lederer)|
|2008||One Drop||Of Love and Ambition||digital||additional engineering, production, keyboards, horn and vocal arrangement, sequencing and additional percussion, guitar on track 8 and 10|
|Stateless feat. Gavin Castleton||Window 23/The Great White Whale 7"||vinyl & digital||vocals|
|Gavin Castleton||Unparallel Rabbits / Since 1968 Overclock Orchestra Remix||digital||vocals, composition, keyboards, sequencing, production, graphic design|
|2009||Gavin Castleton||Coffeelocks / Shell produced by Zach Lipkins"||digital||vocals, composition, keyboards, sequencing, production|
|Gavin Castleton||Home||CD||vocals, composition, keyboards, sequencing, production, additional percussion|
|Gavin Castleton||Random Anthems EP||digital||vocals, composition, keyboards, sequencing, production, guitar|
|Gavin Castleton||Covers||CDR||vocals, arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production, guitar, cornet, melophone|
|2010||Blak||Feast for a King||digital||composition, production, mixing, sequencing, keyboards, guitar|
|Gavin Castleton||Won Over Frequency||CD||vocals, arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production|
|2011||Gavin Castleton||Swim Good (Frank Ocean cover)||digital||production, mixing, sequencing, vocal|
|Gavin Castleton||Diamonds (featuring Lex Land)||digital||vocals, arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production|
|Gavin Castleton||Chameleon||digital||vocals, arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production|
|Gavin Castleton||Tangerines||digital||vocals, arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production, mixing|
|2013||Will Star||Better Tomorrow (single)||digital||vocals|
|Gavin Castleton||Falling (Twin Peaks Theme cover feat. Lex Land)||digital||arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production, mixing|
|2014||Gavin Castleton||#blessed||digital||vocals, arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production, mixing|
|Gavin Castleton||It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Worst of Times. EP||digital||vocals, arrangement, keyboards, sequencing, production, mixing, mastering|
- south by southwest festivals + conferences
- Gavin Castleton Web Site
- Gavin Castleton's blog 'The Great Consolidation'
- Gavin Castleton on Bandcamp
- Gavin Castleton on Soundcloud
- Gavin Castleton Interview on ArmedReady.com
- Gavin Castleton on Twitter