Musician, Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer / Record Label Manager
I have been developing myself in music industry since i was a kid. Sincerely i have beeen working in underground music production since almost all my life. I started playing music and listen to records (as probably all of us did) and began playing music with friends and family till now. I played in bands from different kind of music and played different instruments in them (Drums, Bass, Guitar, etc).
Here in Argentina there is no such a music industry like you have there in the States, the economic situation made us to produce our artistic development doing all by ourselfs...with only the few weaponds that we have. That´s why i started to work in the music production...from playing with the bands, to record, to mix, to master, to release the records, to found an independent record label, to coordinate two Europeans tours and much more-
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Interview with Joaquin Castillo
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with indie, rock and pop bands. I occasionally work with some bluesy rock stuff.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to understand what the artist need for their music in terms of audio. If I'm allowed, I propose my aesthetics sound vision to the band which I'm working with. Although the song must sound as the artist want it to be, would be important that they could be open to suggestions.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the songs first, trying to figure it out how the artist can increase their creative approach and sound skills by rehearsing and defining their sound at the rehearsal place. After that, we choose together the studio that fits the best to their sound intentions and possibilities. Then we start working on the mixing process as we record by making the aesthetic desitions there in the studio. Then i bring the takes to my studio where I'm comfortable with the earing. We continue with overdubs, and arrangements t my place if needed. At last, we finish mixing and deliver the tracks to the mastering engineer. Although I do mastering, I prefer to work with another person who has another perspective.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I basically mix in the box right now. I usually try to record the most important things in a good studio, take as many desitions as possible there using the tools that are available, and then finish the mix in my studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really admire Tchad Blake as a mix engineer, most of his work seems amazing to me. I also love the experimentation of Sylvia Massy. In the musical taste I love Dan Auerbach and his way of producing the stuff he works on, i really like his esthetic in an audio spect. Love Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs, i really admire his sensibility and his textures. In the production spect I like a lot James Ford (Arctic Monkeys), Shawn Everet with the work he has done with Alabama Shakes and The War on Drugs is absolutly amazing to me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do in my studio is as a mixing engineer. I also participate in the recording process of the bands I mix (if its allowed), I think that's is where most of the important decision has to be made.