James Hetfield’s Son Castor Opens Up About Being Metallica Icon’s Son In The Industry

Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s son Castor spoke to Savannah Morning News about being related to a legendary musician who became very successful and popular worldwide, especially when he started his career as a professional artist.

Drummer Castor Hetfield, bassist and vocalist Jake Dallas, and guitarist Ethan Sirotzki formed Bastardane in 2019 after they met through jamming in the basements and discovered their mutual interest in music. The band released its debut song, ‘Wealthy Fantasy’ in 2020, and then they started working on their first studio album entitled ‘Is This Rage?’ which was released on March 12, 2022. The album received very positive reviews from critics.

In addition to studio sessions and releases, the Savannah-based band, Bastardane began their live performances at some special events or festivals. Their most known one can be regarded as Metallica’s San Francisco Takeover appearance to celebrate Metallica’s 40th anniversary. They will perform at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in Northern California between May 27-29, and Taipei Houston and Otto planned to join them.

During his interview, the reporter wanted to know whether he felt bothered about being James Hetfield’s son as a newbie musician in the industry. Castor stated that it’s not bothersome, and he’s his father’s son like the other members, but his father is one of the most famous frontmen in the world. The drummer added that they are making their music, and the annoying part of that was the media’s using his father’s photos even if it’s not about him; it’s about Bastardane’s projects.

Castor shared his ideas, saying:

“All of us are our father’s sons; mine happens to be very successful in the industry that we’re in. It’s not bothersome, but it is a little annoying when people try to compare us because obviously, we’re our people, and he’s his person. We’re making our kind of music. Online, when you search for our band, my dad’s face is all over the Internet, and it’s a little strange for me. We are our people and want to cut our path. We’re not trying to ride off anybody else’s success here.”

You can listen to the album below.