Celeste

Power pop trio Celeste tap into a classic West Coast sound to make their music but dream of working with NASA. We uncover their lofty ambitions in our 30 seconds interview…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 29 Aug 2014
  • min read
California’s West Coast has inspired many musicians over the years but power pop trio Celeste are one of the best exponents of the sound to recently emerge.

Consisting of Pete Cochrane (vocals and bass), Miles James (guitar) and Graham Godfrey (drums), the threesome met while on tour in the States. Pete was playing with the Mystery Jets while Miles and Graham were touring with Michael Kiwanuka - both support acts for Mumford and Sons.

It’s a match made in heaven with debut single People Like Me wearing its easy going influences on its sleeves. Soft rock, Tom Petty and seventies soul all feed into their sound. Plus the band are working with Michael Kiwanuka’s acclaimed Movement Records, an imprint whose one-take, analogue gear aesthetic fits them perfectly.

Look out for the release of their debut on 15 September and uncover lofty ambitions of working with NASA in our 30 seconds interview…

We first started writing music because…
We wanted to recreate the sounds and vibes of the artists we love. Hopefully, in that process we have created something we can call our own.

We have been making music since…
As long as we can remember. We grew up learning our instruments from a young age in different parts of the country but eventually all ended up in London. We then delved into different scenes and sounds including jazz, indie-rock, soul and even gospel.

Our music is…
A result of our common interests and aspirations. Our love of music from the late seventies and eighties and our experiences touring and recording with other bands.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
Soft rock and soul of the West Coast variety. We bonded over artists like Ned Doheny, Brothers Johnson and Tom Petty while touring in that part of the States so we tried to bring a little West Coast into our sound.

Our favourite venue is…
The Austin 360 Amphitheatre. That’s where we formed Celeste. We played there as members of two different bands on the same bill - Michael Kiwinuka and Mystery Jets, (who were opening up for Mumford and Sons). It nestles in the centre of America's Grand Prix track and has a fantastic viewing tower. On the other end of the spectrum, the Sebright Arms in East London is the perfect little venue with great sound and tasty burgers. We're playing there on 1 October, 2014.

Music is important because…
It brings people together and keeps us sane.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Space! At the moment we seem to be referencing outer-space in our music and lyrics. I guess it's something that provides endless escape and possibility when we feel our own planet is a bit doomed.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Maybe creating a music video with Gerry Anderson or working with NASA on a live show ... in outer-space!

To try us out, listen to our song…
People Like Me. It was the first song we wrote together back in London.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Sad, lost and wealthy.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Back at the Austin 360 Amphitheater ... but this time we'll be headlining!

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