Del Castillo is a cross-cultural power in music. Their original sound blends, rock, Latin, blues, and world music."Whether Del Castillo works in Spanish or English, it rocks righteously. The Spanish guitars flamenco vibe gives a dramatic flair, abetted by Alex Ruizs passionate vocals. They pull together Latin musics romance and rocks grit." says Billboard" tumbling brilliance on nylon-string guitarsThese eruptions of technique and taste conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings). says Rolling Stone. Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music Album of the Year Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), Band of the Year (2003), ASCAPS Best Independent Group of the Year (2005), and Austin Music Pundits Best Live Act (2004). Film Director Robert Rodriguez attended a Del Castillo concert in 2002 and a great friendship developed between the two. Rodriguez then enlisted the group to contribute music to the soundtracks of his movies, such as Spy Kids 3D, Once Upon a Time in Mexico,Sin City, and GRINDHOUSE, and perform with him at the premieres. Rodriguez was so impressed with Del Castillo that he wanted to record with them, so together, they formed CHINGON and recorded an amazing electric rendition of the Mexican classic song, Malaguena Salerosa. Quentin Tarantino loved it so much that he re-did the ending sequence of Kill Bill Vol. II to fit the song into his movie. By 2004, Del Castillo was touring nationwide across the country playing with such diverse acts as Styx, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson and continued tour non-stop through 2006. They have performed at three of Willie Nelsons 4th Of July Picnics, and at Eric Claptons Crossroads Guitar Festival, and they have made numerous national and local TV appearances. Willie Nelson enjoyed Del Castillo so much that he re-recorded his song I Never Cared For You with the group (which is included on Del Castillos Brotherhood CD) and calls it his favorite version. Nelson has become a good friend of the band as well and the two look forward to touring together again soon. During 2008, the band began playing major festivals all over the country and even Canada and widening its audience at a much more rapid rate. At Californias famous Strawberry Music Festival, they were deemed the highlight of the festival and broke the merchandise sales record. Immediately after their incendiary debut performance at the Vancouver Folk Festival in Canada, they were selected to play the headlining stage for 2009. Rick and Mark del Castillo were selected in December 2008, by Gibson Global, to be two of only about SIX guitarists in the world to launch their new state-of the-art Dark Fire Gibson Les Paul guitar line. The band, now reunited with longtime charismatic frontman Alex Ruiz providing lead vocals, is recording new music with the brothers mesmerizing guitar driven songs, intertwined with hypnotic rhythms from Mike Zeoli and Jason Murdy, and pulsating bass lines from Albert Besteiro. Through their great artistic friendship and partnership with director Robert Rodriguez, Rick, Mark, Alex & Mike are featured actors performing on the TV show "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" on the El Rey Network! I want to bring the most exciting and authentic content possible, said Rodriguez when announcing the TV series. Chingon and Del Castillo have been part of my experience providing this kind of entertainment to audiences since the beginning. Del Castillos new instrumental track, Las Seis Cuerdas de Tony Montuno was recently hand picked to be featured on episode 2 of ABCs new crime/drama Killer Women (01/14). Mark & Rick are featured on Ray Bensons just released solo CD, A Little Piece. Del Castillo has received accolades and awards for their music and performances over the years. At the Ellnora Guitar Festival in Illinois, Matt Blackett from Guitar Player Magazine said: Watching brothers Rick and Mark del Castillo take the stage and throw down dazzling nylon-string runs, in unison and in harmony, made me a big fan infectious Latin rhythms with mind-boggling solos. ( view video) From the Montreaux Music Festival in Switzerland, and the Ellnora Guitar Festival in Illinois, to the California World Music Festival, Del Castillo thrives on performing live. Songwriting and recording projects are a priority during breaks in their tour schedule and a new release is upcoming!
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DEL CASTILLO began as a latin flamenco-style project between two brothers, Rick and Mark del Castillo in the fall of 2000. Up until that time, both had been playing guitar and recording on separate projects but had never worked together. After an initial period of writing instrumentals, their good friend, Alex "El Lobo" Ruiz began to write some wonderfully soulful lyrics and collaborate with them to create some vibrant, energetic songs. Another longtime friend, Mike Zeoli, added some incredible drum tracks and the project began to pick up steam. After receiving tremendously positive responses from listeners, what started out as a "studio" project became a real band. The group needed a solid grooving-in-the-pocket bass player and turned to another close friend, Albert "El Beto Bert" Besteiro. Soon after, Rick "The Rev" Holeman was asked to add his blessed expertise on percussion which put the "icing on the cake" and complete the band's sound.
With the line-up complete, DEL CASTILLO began writing material fusing many styles and influences, all while retaining a solid latin element. The band released their debut CD "BROTHERS OF THE CASTLE" in 2001, which met with rave reviews from critics and music fans alike. "Absolutely some of the best Spanish guitar that I have ever heard!" quoted AustinExperience.com, which sums up the explosive reactions.
As the once "project band" solidified into a family of musicians, the band crafted their follow-up release, "VIDA", which took the band to the next level. Austin, Texas' respected paper, The Austin Chronicle, said "if Vida is proof, their road to fame will be as short as an I-35 entrance ramp". And recognition, if not fame, came calling in the form of an invitation to appear on the soundtrack of director Robert Rodriguez "ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO" and the honor of winning "Best Austin Band of the Year" at the 2002-2003 Austin Music Awards.
DEL CASTILLO's signature non-traditional sound has been igniting clubs, radio stations, festivals, and stages all over Texas since August of 2001 and proves to be only a small sample of things to come. The uncontrollable buzz they are creating is also beginning to spread throughout America and the rest of the world via radio, word-of-mouth, and the internet. DEL CASTILLO draws from an infinite well of sonic landscapes, gracefully fusing old world gitano and new world flamenco with rock & blues.