Singer-songwriter Carlos Castaño draws influences from names such as John Mayer and Ray LaMontagne. He has just completed his first solo album “City Light Soundtrack” at Kerplunk! Studios in Makati with production of the album headed by Kelvin Uy of Angulo and Pat Jalbuena. Prior to this full album, he previously released a six-song CD. Carlos shares his thoughts about making music.
Why make music?
To fill in the spaces. To pass the time. To mean something. To matter. To be obviously vague. To be more than.
When did you start making music?
My dad’s always been in a band (up till now), so I think as soon as I could speak and move my hands he made sure I’d make music. That would be, I’m guessing, 4 or 5 years old. But if by making music you mean WRITING music, I’d say high school when I first felt the pull of the opposite sex.
What is the most important thing about making music?
Honesty. No matter what. I find it impossible to sing about things I’ve never experienced or at least felt so for me, honesty is the most important thing about making music. Besides, when you think about it, a song that you make will represent you, like a photograph, at that moment in time. You don’t really wanna look back at old photos and know most of them weren’t real right? Same idea.
And if it were a tie, I’d say love. But that’s another story.
Where is your favorite place to make music?
My apartment. It’s tiny and full of useless junk but it’s a mess I love and live with. It’s like a physical representation of my thoughts, unruly but home.
How do you keep making music?
Life. Living walks you through experiences and so long as that’s a constant force then there’s no way that to stop anything we do. For me it’s music, for others acting, dancing, painting, politics, religion, so on and so forth. As long as we live I think the most obvious thing we do as people is move, in our own personal directions.
Check out Carlos Castano at Baybeats 2010: Chillout Stage (Concourse), 20th August at 7.15pm & 9.45pm.