By: Heather Young
Tristan Horncastle is a country singer from New Brunswick. Tristan is taking country music by storm, already earning himself a Canadian Radio Music award nomination and banging out chart topping hits. With his third album “A Little Bit Of Alright” released in May 2014, he is quickly becoming a Canadian favourite, Tristan is no doubt a busy guy. Here at Canadian Beats we had the chance to catch up with him to chat about all things music.
Your new single is called Recreation Land, what was it like writing with Bart Butler and Aaron Goodvin?
Writing Recreation Land with Bart Butler, and Aaron Goodvin, was an absolute blast. We just told real past and current stories, and happenings of weekends, evenings, with good friends, family , etc. I like to call our East Coast, or Canada, our Recreation Land, as we live in a free Country, and enjoy our land and its natural layout, wether we are biking, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, a drive down an old back road, a pit party, hanging at the lake or by water, bonfires, and beer!
Where do you get your inspiration for song writing?
My inspiration for songwriting comes from real life things that happen, or have happened. Music is my life, and theres nothing better than writing about real life experiences, and sharing them with people/fans, that can relate to them.
You have played with some big names from Dean Brody to Travis Tritt, what do you think you have learned most from them?
Playing with successful, big time guys/gals, is always an amazing opportunity. You always learn something, and its nice to learn that there all so grounded, and that were all humans at the end of the day. I love meeting them, and hearing a past road story or 2, and always watch to learn, lol.
You just finished up an east coast tour with Sammy Kershaw, what is your favourite thing about touring?
My favourite thing about touring is just being on the road in general. Going from town to town to share your music with current fans, and working at bringing new fans onboard. I really love meeting people, taking pics with them, signing a cd for them, and hearing there stories.
You have had a few radio singles already, what was it like hearing your song on the radio for the first time?
Hearing myself on the radio for the first time, I have to admit, was a little strange, and hard to grasp. It still is a little weird, but starting to get the hang of it, ha ha. Its all part of this amazing ride, “My Dream,” and all my hard work paying off. Huge thanks to my fans, and Canadian Country Radio, as they all make it possible.
Here at Canadian Beats we like to include a “just for fun” portion to help your fans get to know you a little better, ready?
What was the first album you ever owned?
The first album I ever owned, was Travis Tritt, “It’s All About To Change,” love that album.
What has been your most embarrassing moment on or off stage?
My most embarrassing moment, on/off stage, would have to be this one time I came on stage, was so into chatting with the crowd, I forgot to plug my guitar in, ha ha. After the first strum of not hearing it in my monitor, I realized what was wrong. I told the crowd after the song, and they all laughed with me lol.
What are three things (non music related) that you just can’t live without?
3 things I could not live without, non music related, would have to be, 1, My fiancé, 2, My kids, and 3, camping.
Do you have any quirky hidden talents?
My quirky hidden talents would have to be that I can operate pretty much any piece of Heavy Equipment, I can play a little hockey, and have raced enduro stock cars, ha ha if that’s a talent lol.
And last but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Last, but definitely no least, I would love to send a huge Thank You to all my fans for all there amazing past, and continued support. Without you, chasing my dream would not be a reality. Thanks so much for all your attendance to my shows, buying albums, and requesting my songs on Canadian Country Radio. Words cant really explain how truly thankful I am. Cheers to you all!
I’m Heather Young. I am 29 years old and from Calgary. I’m the mother of a 6 year old boy and I work with children as a developmental assistant. I have always had a passion for writing and music so working for Canadian Beats is right up my alley. I love every genre of music as long as it catches my attention, it’s on my playlist, from rap to country. When I’m not working or writing I love to spend time outside with my son playing games or going for walks.