Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
My name is Christine Castanon, I’m from Orange County, but have mostly lived in New York and Los Angeles since I was 18. I couldn’t wait to get out of Orange County when I was young. I wanted to be around culture and music, and when I got to NY for the first time, it was like it was home.
Tell us your academic qualification.
I studied Poetry in Boston and really loved writing poems; and after dating too many boys from the Berklee College of Music, I figured I would give it a go at songwriting.
Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
My musical career is just starting. I had been writing for a small music blog called the Deli and I met this producer, Charles Newman, who had produced an album I was obsessed with in college, “69 Love Songs” by the Magnetic Fields. I realized I didn’t want to write about bands, I wanted to be a band, so I asked him if he would produce a record with me, and then “Love Ain’t For Me” came about.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
I really like jazz and Motown soul music. So I was aiming for that vibe throughout the record. The song is kind of a reflection, and I wanted the video to be that. The video is just kind of memories of this relationship gone wrong.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I’m doing some shows in LA and pitching my songs for films. I’m repped by Defend and Kobalt Music Publishing. I also post videos and do renditions on my Instagram @christinecastanon.
Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.
A good song makes me happy. Dancing to Lizzo’s the “Truth Hurts” gets me going in the morning. There’s just no better way than to start your day dancing. The mistreatment of animals bums me out. Then when I think about how America mass produces its meat, and the conditions that these poor little animals are in, distresses me to no avail.
Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.
This was the last song I wrote for the EP. I was in the studio and was having a severe case of writers’ block. I had this track that my buddy had laid with his guitar, and I really liked it, I knew that I just wanted to sing something over it. So I just took some time by myself and all these images of this past love came up. I had just ended a really toxic relationship with someone that I loved but was awful…and I kept having flashbacks of my first relationship and how good that felt. And I kept thinking wouldn’t it be great if he was the one, and we would find each other later…so thinking that I wanted to write a song saying that it was “Only You” that was the one for me.
List the radio stations, TV stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
Give us links to where the song can be purchased.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
My producer is Charles Newman. He has been in the business for over 20 years now. He was one of the original members in Please, and they had a song on the Empire Records Soundtrack. And he has been working with Stephen Merrit from the Magnetic Fields for ages as his producer.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
My goal is to be a multi-platinum selling artist. So I have some work to do. 😉 Really, I want to make songs that people can sing along to and feel like it’s their song.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
We’re all unique. We’re all living our lives, and gathering these stories and figuring out how to tell them and what to do with them. So I decided to write songs about mine.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
So much weakness! I have miles to go to becoming the great songwriter I want to be. One of my good friends; aunt wrote “Singing in the Rain”. And I’m like how do I do that? Because I want to write timeless songs like that. And strength, I’m a good performer. I can make up for everything I lack on stage. I’ll make you fall in love with me.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
This isn’t of all time…but currently…
“Figures” – Jessie Reyez
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“Te Regalo” – Carla Morrison
“Soledad y El Mar” – Natalia LaFourcade
“Hard To Love” – Calvin Harris.
I’ve been listening to a lot of badass female artists! Got to be inspired by the ladies who are already killing it.
Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
Signing to a major label is tricky…it definitely has to be the right time, and you have to know people are behind you. I have so many friends who locked themselves into shitty deals and they’re just being held prisoners. I think it’s good to start on your own, build up your base, and have a product ready before signing to a label. But what do I know?
Tell us the instruments put together in this song.
My favorite things are the violin strings; so classic. And the rest is pretty standard, guitar, drums, bass. I like to keep it simple.
Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.
I’m an actor and a writer. I’m developing a show based on a character I came up with on the Groundlings. I did two short webisodes but the thing that people commented most on was the song that I had written for the credits! Go figure.
Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.
It’s never been a thing about gaining confidence; you do it because you have to. And there is nothing in the world that feels better. It’s electric.
Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.
I’m still trying to figure that out!
Tell us your experience pertaining to TV/Radio plugging.
Am just getting started on that… I’ll keep you posted.
Narrate your recording experience.
It was really fun going into the studio with Charles because he’s such a pro, I felt very safe and taken care of. Just go in there and lay down the tracks. It’s always so fun.
List your various works.
I wrote a song called “Sarah’s Song” on an Emmy nominated documentary called “The Empowerment Project”. That was the first song I ever wrote. And I wrote another song called, “On We Go” for a documentary called “Losing Sight of Shore.” Both docs are available on Netflix! And both songs are available on iTunes and Spotify if you want to check them out.
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