My Music DNA: Casilian

Formed by two brothers Lucas. J and Mikael B. Roussel and Liene Drubina, folk-rock band Casilian’s music sways from anthemic rock to acoustic melodies.

Casilian’s third single, Adventurous Heart takes the listener on a journey through a very intimate and personal universe with three-part harmonies creating an atmosphere turning the journey into a wholesome experience.

The band explain, “Adventurous Heart is about discovering a new world within ourselves, daring to explore life’s every corner with courage and open-mindedness. Life is greater than we think, especially once we understand the power, we hold in deciding how to go through it.”

Andy Howells chats to Casilian, aka Mikael, Liene and Lucas about the music that has inspired them and discovers this is probably the most diverse Music DNA feature to date!

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

M: The song King without a Crown by Matisyahu was the first song, which I can remember, that really had an impact on me.

Li: Killing me Softly by the Fugees – as a kid, hearing the voice of Lauryn Hill made me realise that music isn’t just something you listen to, it’s something that people create.

Lu: Give a Little Bit by Supertramp is definitely a song that made a big impact on me as a kid – the whole atmosphere that this song brings and the power of Roger Hodgson’s voice was enough to give me love for music.

What was the first single you bought?

M: Sunny Side Up by Paolo Nutini. Such a great album.

Li: Selah Sue – Black Part Love

Lu: The only single I ever bought was Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall by Coldplay. I bought the limited edition 7’’ vinyl and I still have it today.

What was the first album you owned?

M: When I was a kid I got the album Trouble by Akon.

Li: I was seven years old and I got The Tide is High by Atomic Kitten for Christmas. I listened to it on my Walkman which made me quite popular at school.

Lu: I remember getting The Best of Georges Brassens because at that time I really liked listening to his songs, so my mom got me 5 CD with all of his songs.

What’s your constant go to track?

M: High Hopes by Paolo Nutini.

Li: Skinny Love by Bon Iver.

Lu: Hiroshima by the Norwegian band Highasakite is definitely a song that I will go back to. Either that one or 666 by Bon Iver – I love that song to bits!

What’s your constant go to album?

M: Sunny Side Up by Paolo Nutini is my favourite album.

Li: For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver

Lu: Viva la Vida by Coldplay. One of the greatest albums ever made.

Who’s your latest music discovery?

SKAAR – she recently released her first EP called The Other Side of Waiting. (Check out SKAAR’s recent Music DNA feature here)

What’s your own track that defines you best as a band?

The three tracks, Shower of Light, Words of the Wise and Adventurous Heart, show three different sides of CASILIAN. Therefore all three of them define us as a band.

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