I'm a song writer, audio engineer, and artist.I learned to do for myself by doing for others first. I'm not here to do things my way, I'm here to work with you in making your idea and creation real.
Karim 'SyLL" Castillo, I'm a Hip-Hop Artist, Engineer, Writer, and Co-Owner of GreenRoomStudioNYC #GRSNYC.
I also host, engineer, and write in group sessions to work with producers and artists in need of a fresh perspective to get the vision out.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
Interview with Green Room Studio NYC #GRSNYC
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Working on Play This EP was a great opportunity to curate a project with cinematic and regional elements. It was well received in the Underground Hip Hop community and European markets.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: recording and mixing 2 artist LPs and 1 EP writing songs for placements and engineering pop-up sessions at my studio
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog has a richer sound, but digital is alot more versatile
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I work with your vision as the end goal.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am always creating
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: every aspect of making a complete product has its own dedicated creative steps and processes.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you need done? Is this complimenting a larger body of work or theme?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Writing, engineering, producing, we are all creators. We all wear multiple hats. Having people dedicated to parts of the creative process will allow you to focus on one task at a time. Let's make that time count together.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Water Bottle, rope, matches, smartphone, solar powered portable charger,
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been song writing for 5 years, engineering for 8, and have been an artist for 15.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: East Coast
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: J.Cole : i appreciate the Down-To-Earth confident vibe and versatility to his writing and production
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust the Process
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-Hop and R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing/arrangement & Lyric Writing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: clarity and organization to the creative process.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Let the Pre-Amps warm up and take that time to listen to or read up on the clients wants and needs for the project. Scane proper pitch of the track to ensure vocals are in key for before arrangement.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Right in between the GW Bridge to New Jersey and the Cross Bronx Expressway, GreenRoomSudioNYC is a Creators Cave to Curate and flesh out concepts and ideas. Set Up includes: - Neumann TLM 49 - Dynaudio Acoustic BM15A - KRK Rokits - Yamaha NS10s - Avantone Pro MixCubes - 710 TwinFinity - Blue Robbie - Neumann TLM 102 - Roland Fantom X6 - Axiom
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Dream, J Cole, Travis Scott, Bryson Tiller, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Black Thought, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Tupac, Chris Brown
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most common type of work I do for client is engineer and mix sessions and write Hip-Hop and R&B songs.