As you should hopefully know, Owen Ashworth, known better under his moniker Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, has decided to pull the plug from his Casio keyboard. After thirteen years, five albums and countless singles, Owen decided to retire his brand of homemade lo-fi synth pop and trademark austere lyrics, leaving only a promise of future projects and final UK tour as consolation. Owen took some time out of his European Tour to shed some light on his retirement of CFTPA and plans for the future.

Aside from being able to say, “I am one of the minority of bands to burn out and not fade away”, what was the biggest contributing factor to the retirement of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone? Casiotone for the Painfully Alone has continued for far longer than I ever intended. It's not that I'm not proud of the music. I am. There's just no reason for it to go on forever. I knew Vs. Children would be the last CFTPA album, and I knew it would be time for something else when the touring cycle had finished. So how long prior to Vs. Children had you been planning this retirement? I've been considering putting an end to CFTPA since about 2003. I knew I had a couple more records to do before I moved on to the next thing, and I wanted to do more touring. I've had a great time, and I'm very much looking forward to more projects and more music. What has been the biggest highlight of playing as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone so far, and what will you miss most? I'm grateful that I've been able to travel as much as I have done, and I've made some great friends through music. I can't really imagine a better feeling that just making music that I like. That's why I do it in the first place. Your pledge to continue making and recording music will no doubt continue to both console and enthuse fans of CPFA, can you expand on any ideas you have, be it confirmed or otherwise? I've been producing tracks for Serengeti's next album on Anticon, and I'd love to do more collaborations in the future. The albums that I make on my own will probably continue the trajectory of the last few CFTPA albums. There will be fewer electronic elements and more electric pianos and things as my obsession with American music from the 1970's continues to take over my life. Casiotone+for+the+Painfully+Alone With this in mind then, If you could form a ‘dream backing band’ for your future project/s, whom would you choose to join? I really liked the backing band that Neil Young played with on his Harvest album. They were called The Stray Gators. Bill Withers' early live band, the one that played on Still Bill and Live At Carnegie Hall, is also incredible. Listening to those albums has been hugely inspirational to me. Recently you’ve been performing alongside a backing band, is this a response to the limitations of the ‘one-man band’ approach, and is it indicative of things to come? I've been playing with backing bands on and off again for the past five years. I really enjoy playing with other musicians, and I really love having the freedom to change things up for different tours. I really don't know what my concerts will be like in the future, although I'm pretty confident that I'll be touring with much less frequency in the future. I'd like to spend more time writing and recording at home. Finally, where do you see yourself in another 13 years time? Fuck, I don't know. Hopefully, I'll have a family and I'll have my shit together a little more than I do now and I'll continue writing and recording songs until I get sick of music or go deaf or something. There's a history of hearing loss in my family, so who knows how long I'll be able to do this.