Originals & Covers Band from Palmerston North
Pop/Rock Country-Folk Alternative Pop/Rock Mumford & Sons Bruce Springsteen Cat Stevens
May 2023 INTRO

Shadowcaster is Trent Graham, a musician based out of Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Trent began life under his new moniker in 2021, six years after his last musical venture Thistle & Weeds (a Manawatu-based folk outfit featuring Kokoa Nashi and Ripple Effect guitarist Christian Perry). Before that, Trent grew up with a diverse musical palette including the likes of Cat Stevens, Robbie Williams and the Backstreet Boys. Trent wouldn’t truly fall in love with music until he discovered the debut Mumford and Sons album Sigh No More, which would propel him to where he is now.

Trent began his performing journey at Wairarapa College, earning several accolades in and outside of school (including the Regional Lyric Award at the 2013 Smokefree Rockquest, and a college Arts Elite Award).He would then go on to complete a Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance at Ucol, under the tutelage of Kane Parsons (Smokey Feel & The KaRs), Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds) and Warren Maxwell (Fat Freddy's Drop, Trinity Roots).

Backed by several fellow students, Trent would gain local success in the group Thistle & Weeds, which would eventually disband as each member sought different artistic avenues. For frontman Trent, it wouldn't be until 2021 when Shadowcaster would begin taking shape. Returning to his musician dreams with a fresh outlook on life, Trent began assembling a backing band and rehearsing new material, first showcased in the January 2022 release of the acoustic arrangement of 'Pinpoints of Light'. The following May saw the debut of ‘Cast a Shadow’ to cap off NZ Music Month. Heavily inspired by the folk revival stylings of Mumford & Sons, this song serves as the true introductory theme song for Shadowcaster and acts as a sampler of past influences and future works.

The end of the year would be topped off with the release of a third single, 'Friends’, and with plenty more on the way, Shadowcaster is gearing up for an exciting 2023 recording and performing a wide array of fresh, introspective compositions.