Sounds that caress your ears, penetrate your heart, and simultaneously takes you deeper into yourself.
We welcome the New Year with a visionary of experimental sound and a beloved member of the CARAVANA Familia for many years, Eduardo Castillo. His soothing composition is the 4th instalment of CARAVANA FREE>QUENCY.
Eduardo has graced many a stage across the globe and has played an integral role in the sound that has come from Tulum through the years. A land that draws in not only musicians and multidisciplinary artists but from people of all walks of life. Eduardo has contributed to Tulum’s ‘organic orchestra’ for many years, adding to it both his unique personality and his appreciation for its nature. And it’s this very land and his love for it- for all of the natural world and its sacred, raw beauty- that inspired Eduardo to pursue a life not only of music but of conservation and activism. Through the inspiring medium of music, Eduardo uses the power of sound to emulate a message on our relationship with our planet, as individuals, and as a global family here on this pale blue dot.
In his DJ sets and live compositions where he blends his voice, narrating lyrical poetry with instruments, Eduardo reveals an intimate side of music that feels like a breath of fresh air. His sounds caress your ears, penetrate your heart, and simultaneously takes you deeper into yourself. Like the seas when waves swell, he brings crests of eclectic rhythm, inspiring dance, and brings you back down with soulful melodies.
Eduardo crafts an alluring labyrinth of winding paths tiled with sound and emotion. The journey’s synthesized with components of his environment: the people, the place, and his own self turning it all into an intricate montage of music made by magic. By the end, you are in bizarre and beautiful deja vu- the place that only raw, passionately-composed music can take you to.
How has music enhanced or changed your journey, and what role does it play in your life?
Every meaningful moment in my life, breakthrough, and door opening has come from music. It’s what has always kept me honest, pursuing a life of happiness and purpose.
Can you touch on your transitional experience from DJing into becoming a live performer?
I studied classical music in college. There were lots of singing recitals, choral concerts, and operas in my life then. Djing was something I picked up in the mid-’90s in NYC, the beautiful vinyl days, a hobby of sorts that turned into something beyond a hobby, quite accidentally.
If one could describe music as a dialogue between the composer and listeners, what is the core emotion or message that you try to convey? What is your experience in performing while holding the platform of people’s emotions around you?
It’s a beautiful conversation. I strive to create a safe environment with my concerts. I’m most happy when listeners are able to express themselves freely, emotionally, and physically. I try to convey a sense of belonging, a sense of home where you can own who you are or want to be.
What is your experience in performing while holding the platform of people’s emotions?
This is an exchange. I feed off an audience the same way they feed off of me. It’s a tantric experience full of deep emotion and passion.
I convey a sense of belonging, a sense of home where you can own who you are or want to be.
How has your sound evolved over the years?
Experimentation and improvisation have become my two greatest pillars. I try to live my life at the moment, HERE and NOW. There is no greater manifestation of this than while I’m on stage or in a studio. My sound evolves with every note I play.
What’s your take on the current music industry on your travels throughout the world? Do you feel a gap between today’s generation and old in terms of musical tastes, or is there more of a union forming?
I learned long ago that music is extremely subjective. I like how I feel when I see someone losing themselves in music I don’t necessarily enjoy, but I love being reminded of how there is always a sound that moves someone. No judgments, just music doing its work. It’s beautiful. I’m blown away by the amount of music on this planet and how accessible it is.
I try to live my life at the moment, HERE and NOW.
With each art form, we can imagine that it can be challenging to remain inspired and innovative. How do you process those moments when you’re not feeling creative?
I spend time in nature. Nature always places me where I need to be. Nature always wins me over.
Can you share any projects you have on the horizon?
More music, more hotels, and more unforgettable connections with beautiful and attentive humans. I’ve had the privilege to have people be interested in what I have to say. I will never take that for granted and will continue to live my purpose. To anyone reading this, thank you for this gift.
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