Blogged by @Teambreezy808 aka Abigail
Have you ever been so nervous before an interview? Especially when you know that you will have to interview a celebrity? It’s more nerve wracking than a job interview, I swear. I finally got the opportunity to interview a hot new artist JR Castro, or you may know him as JRCastroLV. Who was born and raised here in Vegas. He continues to hit charts for Rhythmic and Urban Radio with another DJ Mustard single “Get Home” by JR Castro. Another hit song that will make you feel good is “Right Away”. It was a grrrreat interview and we had a lot of fun. Listen to the audio above or read the dialogue below. I also added JR Castro’s hottest songs below for you to listen to and watch below. Follow him on Instagran and Twitter, @JRCastroLV. Enjoy!
First of all, I want to thank you for the opportunity of letting us at D.A.T Vegasgyrl interview you and get to know more about you. I have to ask, If I gave you an elephant, what would you do with it?
If you gave me an elephant, what would I do with it? Straight up elephant, big elephant, like an actual elephant?…Probably release it back to it’s natural habitat, I dont know? I dont know what to do with an elephant, the elephant probably wouldn’t want to be with me. So, I’ll release it back home.” I told him it was an ice breaker question. He said, “You can be yourself around me, trust me, be normal.
Now that we know just a bit more about you, I saw that you have a tattoo of the Guam Symbol on your left shoulder, I have to know your roots, what is your ethnicity?
I’m 50% Chamorro and 50% African American. My dad is from Saipan and was raised in Guam and my mom’s family is from down south….I’m 50% Pacific Islander, I was just in Hawaii like month ago actually….it’s beautiful, its paradise.
I’m pretty sure that you’ve been told that you sound like Baby Face and Ginuwine as far as their falsetto is concerned. How did you develop your style? Did it come naturally?
I’ve been told I sound like Baby Face, I’ve never heard that I sound like Genuwine….I guess it came from me listening to people like Genuwine, Baby Face, my favorite artist of all time… my biggest inspiration…who I really idolize and look up to is Usher. So, a lot of my influences came from different artists. People from Stevie wonder, Michael Jackson, Baby Face, Boys II Men, Brian McKnight…the list goes on. What I did was I took notes from artists’ styles and that’s kinda how I developed my personal style. So those are my inspirations and the people I took notes from. I definitely think the 90s is the best era of R&B music from my opinion.
People see Vegas for all its glitz and entertainment, not really big on the music scene, what challenges did you face trying to pursue a career in the music industry being from Vegas?
I faced some challenges living in this place, coming from a city like Vegas trying to pursue music, to be fairly honest, there’s not really any opportunity in Las Vegas for music. It took me a lot to understand that and go through the trenches of backlash to figure that out myself in my earlier years when I first started doing music. It took me to go through all that to understand the obstacles. The music isn’t in Las Vegas…It’s in other places, like LA, Atlanta, and New York. Those are the main hubs to get your foot in the door and to really make progress. To really achieve the success that you’re looking for to achieve. It took me a while to get it, you know…and at the same time its not easy to step out of your comfort zone. That’s a big challenge for a lot of people that are artist…to step out of your comfort zone. For me I understood that I had to step out of my comfort zone to achieve the success that I really wanted to achieve that I saw myself in. All I think about is music.
Your hit song “Get Home” has brought R&B light to our city Vegas and I’m excited to hear more of your upcoming songs and projects, can you tell me more about your EP of “You” and “I” you said it was a package deal? what can we expect from it?
So, You and I is basically songs about you, the consumer…that one girl. For me, music has gone to a place where it’s not about making that one girl feel special anymore. It’s about being a player and how many girls you got. Its more than just one girl nowadays and vise versa. I think for me, I just want to take it back to that R&B was in the 90s and 80s, it’s all about singing to one woman that made you feel a certain kind of way. Not singing to 10 different woman that you messing with. And use it towards woman to piss off the other woman. I don’t think that’s what R&B music is. But you can expect a lot, You and I is basically Me and You. Dealing with relationships with a man or a woman who goes through the emotional roller coaster that comes with it. A person going through it all….companionship…being one. That’s what it’s about.
I listened to the song “Never the Same” can you tell me the story behind that song? How did the song come together?
The song came together, shout out to my brother Pooh Bear, we were in the studio. Shout out to the Audibles, my brothers from Las Vegas, they had the beat. That song technically is me as an individual feeling myself, just flexing a little bit…telling the women after me it will never be the same. It’s all about making the girl climax until she can’t climax anymore….I have 3 mixtapes under my sleeves and its a little bit more thought variety, conscience, and perception…I do this for women. First and foremost because I love to sing and secondly I sing for women. I’m not singing for the guys, I don’t make music for guys. I’m basically the voice of the guy who doesn’t know how to say certain things to women. I express it through music…I speak for them.
Another dope song I listened to “That Shit Go (Up-Down) Ft YG and Sevyn Streeter, How was it collaborating with those two? Did they hit you up to collab or your team did?
I reached out to them as a friend. Those are my friends. Gotta give a shout out to YG and Sevyn. We’ve been friends for a long time. I just heard them on a record. I thought they would fit the record and sound perfectly. By the graces of God, they hopped on the song without a doubt….I got a pretty cool group of friends that believe in what I do”.
I’m really grateful that you’re dropping a mixtape called “Songs You were Made to” which will feature songs from the 80s and 90s to pay homage to great RnB artists back in the day. How did this idea come into play? What do you hope to accomplish from this project?
First and foremost this project is to give thanks to those who inspired me along this journey. Secondly, I want people to be aware of where it started for me personally. The core essence of R&B is the songs that I listen to on a daily basis…the originals….these artists…great legends…To remind people where it came from.
When will the visuals for “Morning After” Drop? I saw some Bts footage and it looks pretty dope.
The morning after is another mixtape I’m releasing after Songs You Were Made to Mixtape. It will be 5 or 6 songs that will be about thoughts in my head that people deal with….thoughts about relationships in life. It will drop most likely in the next month. I will be linking a bunch of stuff to give people something to look forward to.
If you could go on tour with anybody, who would it be?
If I could go on tour with anybody, that’s a good question, I would love to go on tour with, I’m not even going to lie someone like Kendrick Lamar, JCole um you know Drake, I think those would be like dream tours for me.
How do you feel about the Black Lives Matter Movement and gun control?
Um, I feel you know what I feel like black Lives matter, I feel like all lives matter you know what I’m saying… I think human lives matter, you know what I’m saying? As far as the gun control goes I feel like that’s something that shouldn’t be stripped away from us, I feel like that comes down to each individual and you know we’re not responsible for the next man’s decision or what they do with their guns, you know or what they do with their power, you know what I mean and you know it’s a sad thing that people have to endure the pain of others mistakes and careless actions, you what I mean so for me I don’t think revenge and retaliation is the answer, I think that having open dialogue and being able to speak freely without judgment um, speak peacefully with one another and come to an understanding of the issues truly, truly come to an understanding of these issues is what’s really going to make things better. Have a unit not just black lives not just Muslim lives, not just Chinese lives all lives all races we’re only one race and that’s human and I think once we deprogram ourselves as humans, as individuals deprogram ourselves from this ignorant way of thinking we can start to see a change in the world.
Recently Rihanna talked about the type of man she wants in her life. How do you feel about how dating is in this generation as a celebrity? What is that missing piece that I’ve heard you speak about? How about physical preference?
Dating is hard it’s really hard, because especially for you know anybody who’s a public figure it’s difficult you know your not sure of the mindset of the average person entering the situation you don’t know if they have ulterior motives you don’t know what the mindset is they can be really intrigued by who you are as the artist or that public figure and not…. For me that’s ok to be attracted to that but most importantly it’s really being attracted to, getting to know who the person is international and making your decision on how deeply your attraction goes from that you know not your celebrity, not your level of success that doesn’t, that’s not where you’ll find the true attraction, it’s difficult because a lot of people perceive celebrities and put celebrities on pedestals and we’re no different from the next person, I’m no different from you. I’m no different from the guy that does driving work at the airport, I’m no different I don’t see myself as different because I don’t feel any different I’m just somebody that does music and just so happens to be on a platform were you know everyone listens so you know but that doesn’t make me different. What is that missing piece that I’ve heard you speak about? I think that missing piece is…to me honestly is being comfortable with being vulnerable with one another, I think that’s the missing thing in relationships for real tho like just being able to be comfortable and I think that’s why we lack being able to love wholeheartedly, you know what I’m saying? And, being vulnerable comes with entrusting someone with your vulnerability means never ever feeling like your being judged or criticized you accept their flaws wholeheartedly and you don’t never really know that until you’re in a relationship and your able to see you know the quote on quote ugly side or bad side or however you want to label it. But, I think that’s comfortable with being vulnerable with one another, I think that’s the missing thing in relationships for real tho like just being able to be comfortable and I think that’s why we lack being able to love whole-heartedly, you know what I’m saying? And, being vulnerable comes with entrusting someone with your vulnerability means never ever feeling like your being judged or criticized you accept their flaws wholeheartedly and you don’t never really know that until you’re in a relationship and your able to see you know the quote on quote ugly side or bad side or however you want to label it. But, I think that’s what a relationship is being able to be comfortable, and accepting someone’s flaws and vulnerability. Is there a physical preference that you’re looking for in a woman? Not, really to be totally honest when I was younger yes, but that’s when I was young but now I don’t really have a preference, you know a pretty face comes a dime a dozen, a sexy body comes a dime a dozen but when you reach a certain point in your life and you reach a certain level mentally you know that’s really small in mind compared to what really does count which is character, morals, personality stuff like that, that’s what I look for.
As you mentioned, aside from singing to that one special girl to make her feel special, how do YOU make a woman feel special?
I, can’t give away all my tricks now, I will tell you this I love to enhance what’s special about them, if I can add and enhance what’s special about them in a unique way if I can see that and understand what that is my way of
morals, personality stuff like that, that’s what I look for.
Aside from singing what are other things that you do to make a woman feel special?
I, can’t give away all my tricks now, I will tell you this I love to enhance what’s special about them, if I can add and enhance what’s special about them in a unique way if I can see that and understand what that is my way of making women feel special is enhancing that, because every woman is different you know what I’m saying??
You’re a pretty fit good looking guy…what is your work out routine and regimen?
You trying to get me to give away all my secrets, you know I can’t give away all my secrets. I’ll just say this I work out, I’m an extremist with everything I do not with just working out singing everything I do I just focus I set goals, I work out about 5 times a day I mean the week sometimes twice a day and yeah that’s my regimen you know I can’t give away my routine.
You said you are a family man and a father of two, how close are you to your whole entire family? and how supportive are they about your career?
I’m extremely close to my family you know family is absolutely everything to me, I’m very close they support me 110% they understand the sacrifice um, that it takes to achieve the success that I’m working on and they support me 100% I gotta give a major shout out to the mother of my children um the mothers of my children you know they raise my children while I’m away and I don’t feel like I give enough credit to them so I wanna go on record giving them major a major shout out and I appreciate and love them to death for the sacrifices they make as well.
When in Vegas, what’s the one thing you have to do?
I have to get a home cooked meal, from my sister, when I go to Vegas I’m a home body, so I don’t do too much I love my city but I don’t really do too much I’m in the house with my kids and with my family, if I’m outside of Vegas I’m away or I’m doing so much I’m everywhere, so when I’m home first thing is a home cooked meal
So what’s your favorite food?
My favorite food well one of my favorite foods Chicken Wings and Rice I gotta have chicken wings with rice, soy sauce, ranch…
So that’s that it, I mean this was a really awesome interview it was really nice to get to know you
Thank you I’m happy that your happy with the interview and yeah thank you.
Listen to more of Jr Castro’s songs below….