One Steel Wound is Brandon Michael Castillo (vocals), Dan Reitz (guitar, programming) & Gerard Ortiz (bass). They have been circulating music in Chicago since 2015 and consider this time period “beta-testing”. In 2019, with the assistance of Inner Light Agency they have released their debut single “In Chains”.
How would you describe your music?
This is definitely always find this one difficult to really pinpoint. When it comes to our music we listen to the soul core of the song and do what’s best for crafting it, and sometimes it leads us in the goofiest direction. We laugh and say “Hell Yeah that stays!”. We never go into a song looking to leave ourselves in a genre. We love writing our songs with the core of tight drums, killer bass rhythm, and powerful vocals. Mix it in with some synths and that comes to what you are listening to today. Our goal is to make every song unique and killer.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
We started around 2013 and it’s been a pretty thrilling ride. We started off as dude’s that came together to jam out, and slowly but surely it became something more. It became a brotherhood and as our we became more close together and the more the music and the mindset shifted into figuring out who we wanted to be and set out to do it. Life comes with it trials and hardships, but it’s nothing we can’t handle.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Some of our biggest influences are acts like Slipknot, Mudvayne, Disturbed, Deftones, Korn, Mastodon, Lamb of God & recently Muse. When it comes guitar one of Dan’s hero’s is Daron from System of a Down, Vocal hero for Brandon is the almighty Randy Blythe. For Gerard one of his idols is Fieldy from Korn.
What inspires you?
Our inspiration comes from many directions and don’t really know where the hell it comes from. We feed off of each since we all come from different backgrounds of music. Right now we are all on the same page with making a very erie 80’s horror film vibe with songs. Just something about it that gets the skin tingling! Damn, gets us excited.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We love writing in the studio or better said with a laptop. Song writing starts off with demo guitar recordings and we lay down the rest of the ideas. Then we listen to it everyday and start to expand on any and all ideas that fit. Writing in studio just makes the creation process so much easier for us. Gives us time to really sharpen ourselves on the entire song as it’s being created.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We love to play “Flames” off of our Vendetta record. That song we wrote it when we were just pissed and it always let’s us release a ton of energy on stage.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Oh man! If you could get System of a Down to tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God, and Muse then you bet your ass we would NEVER want that tour to end.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Music industry is always changing and adapting making it easier and easier for musicians to be heard. The time of record labels has dramatically changed. In this day and age any musician can be independent and make a living you just have to grind and work for it.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
There was a festival that we got signed on to play called Revival and at the time we didn’t have a van to get there. So, Brandon figured out how to get a big box truck kind of like the ones for UPS. Little did we know what we were getting into. The festival had beautiful weather, but holy damn it was hot. The truck ended up being hot boxed and we said let’s pop on the A/C. We realized at the worst time there is no A/C. We ended up having to sleep in this sweaty bus, for the weekend and wanted the torture to end. Moral of the story, MAKE SURE YOUR RIDE HAS A/C. You have been warned.
What are your future plans?
Right now we plan on finishing our next to singles and throwing a huge Chicago home town concert for the release of our new songs and give people a new concert experience.