Damon Castillo Band
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Damon Castillo Band


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"Apple - New Video Feature"

Damon's new video, "All I Know" was featured on Apple.com for three weeks in April 2009. - Apple.com - QuickTime Music Guide

"WindowsMedia - Video Premier"

Damon's new video "All I Know" was premiered on Windowsmedia.com and Windowsmedia Players worldwide on April 7, 2009 for a week. - WindowsMedia.com

"LiveDaily - Song of The Day"

Damon's first single, "All I Know" was the LiveDaily download of the day on April 17, 2009. - LiveDaily.com

"College Live Review"

Damon Castillo Band is by far one of the best groups who has performed on Cal Poly's campus. They are consistent in quality and professionalism. Their sound, stage presence, and name recognition is appealing to the college aged crowd and they work hard to draw a large number of students.

- Cal Poly Musical Entertainment Supervisor

"Damon Castillo in L.A."

Damon Castillo's blending of rock with funk and jazz is a brave choice in today's music market, but they are consistently rewarding in their impassioned delivery of excellent original material. Lead vocalist/guitarist Damon Castillo is a commanding performer, and the band interacts in a way that had musicians in the audience nodding their heads in appreciation. Best of all, several sax solos from Larry Kim had the audience howling with approval. The Damon Castillo Band is a powerhouse group with terrific artistic vision. - NoHo LA Music Scene

"AOL Music Video Of The Day"

"All I Know" was featured as the AOL Music Video of the day on June 7th, 2009! - AOL

"Damon Live at Mission Plaza"

The Damon Castillo Band is simply the smoothest, most original, best sounding pop band in the area, bar none. Filled with young, talented jazz players who are willing to "go slumming" in the funky, soul-filled world of hip-hop, acid jazz and pop, Damon Castillo is a must have for lovers of funky pop. - New Times San Luis Obispo

"Mammoth Wine Festival"

The Damon Castillo Band was cooking up energetic music under a darkening sky, serenading the white cotton clouds into gray storm cover.
Castillo’s voice is versatile, his songs personal. I’ve never heard the name intimate rock before, but that’s how I would characterize his music. He moved with lyrical ease from funk and a hard driving, electric rock to acoustic ballads.
Each member of his band was brilliant…keyboards, saxophone, drummer, bass, and together they rolled out layers of musical sound that were pure pleasure to hear. It was exciting to hear a new band – here's hoping we'll see them back here again.
- Mammoth Times

"Suite101 Record Review"

The warm summery feel of Damon Castillo Band’s [first full-length release], the genre-defying Laurel Lane, was almost enough to take the chill out of the air this winter. - Suite101.com

"Los Angeles Live Review"

The Damon Castillo Band had the formula to turn a crowd full of random conversation into a captive audience that couldn't take their eyes and ears away from the stage. In all…a funk and rock inspired return to very real music. [The crowd was] given an intimate look at a band putting on an unreal on-stage jam session. - Billboard.com


Revolving Door 2005
Live at Concerts in the Plaza 2007
Laurel Lane 2008



To the Damon Castillo Band, Laurel Lane is more than a studio on a street near some old train tracks in the hills of San Luis Obispo, California. It is home. Strewn with vintage amps, tattered couches, and recording equipment bought piece-meal over the last five years, it is the hearth that has beckoned, soothed, and housed the band through life’s many ups and downs. Like the place that has been described as everything from a boxing ring, to a church, to a hideout, the highly anticipated new album, Laurel Lane, is an emotional autobiography that contains a band’s long history within its walls.

It was clear from the beginning that their path is not an ordinary one. Combining the talent of Kristian Ducharme on keys, Jennings Jacobsen on drums, and Larry Kim on saxophone with Damon’s prolific songwriting, vocals, and guitar chops, the band creates a sound that is a statement among this day of manufactured music. Each member is a master-musician with a diverse past playing jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Their prowess comes through on every note, dynamically punctuating Damon’s soulful lyrics, at times mournful, and often larger than life.

Damon describes the process of taking their unique sound and “distilling” it down, “Duke Ellington had it right when he said, ‘If it sounds good, it IS good.’ The guys and I don’t care about genres or style lines…It’s nothing that I consciously maneuver; I just try to make it feel right.” More than anything, the record is a throw-back to the old days, when artists played their own music in a studio and created songs that were enjoyable not only for their passion, but also for their honesty. “It’s not the homogenized production where you can’t hear the music. You will hear real musicians playing real tunes,” says Damon.

Yet if the talent is the body of the work, it is the story of the band and the narrative of the songs that are the soul. Rife with strife, but unapologetically optimistic, the 13 tracks are a narrative of the crises and climaxes of life with all the grey areas of love and emotion in between. I Know You Know is a dialogue with the band’s friend and founding bassist, Matt Taylor, who passed away to cancer in 2002. Close Call describes another brush with death when their tour van flipped five times on the freeway en route to a gig.

Damon retells the event and how such instances carve their way into his art:
“The scene was littered with glass and band equipment, so we went to work salvaging our gear as the paramedics arrived. That’s when I had one of those life-defining moments. I found my vocal microphone out in the middle of the freeway, and I knew right then that music was what I was supposed to be doing. The mic still works; I sing on it every show.”

Claim to Fame perhaps best illustrates the present - the difficulties of producing a great record diffused by the reality of success already obtained simply by being true to themselves, their music, and sharing it with their loved ones. This includes the opportunity to forge new relationships with some amazing musicians who have special appearances on the record, such as Sheila E., Rami Jaffe (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power, Supertramp), Lon Price (Elvis Presley, Alan Toussaint, Ziggy Marley) and Sean Hurley (Alicia Keys, John Mayer). In addition, working with Grammy Award-winning producer Ross Hogarth proved that despite all of the creative forks in the road, their chosen path did indeed lead to an extraordinary place.

After more than a year in the making, Laurel Lane is ready to welcome the world. Characteristically, Damon looks to the future:

“I love all aspects of being a musician, but I feel best when I am performing. A great performance is a special connection between an artist, their art, and the audience; there is nothing like it. I know music changes lives. It changed mine. With our album’s release, we will play shows from Laurel Lane to New York and back again. At every show, the Damon Castillo Band will play for music, for each other, for Matt, and we will never stop.”