I recently caught up once again with Spanish musician-composer David Castro, who just released two new videos. The first video is an updated version of his now-viral Thermomix chime video, featuring Thermomix users from all over the world. The second video is a slick David Bowie “Space Oddity” tribute that he created with a bunch of uber-talented friends, quite a feat considering that they were all in separate locations while working on the project due to the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine.
1. Congratulations on the new Thermomix chime video that features videos of people from all over the world connected through your music! The response from Australia to Portugal to the United States has been so amazing. How are you feeling right now?
I felt useful in the way an artist who is stuck at home can be. Art is a way to connect people. And this is what happened through my song. Thousands and thousands of people from many countries got inspired by the positive energy there is in it.
We realize these days how much we need art in our lives. It brings us joy and light. I understand art as trying to make this world more beautiful.
From here I want to thank all the artists who in an incredibly generous way are sharing their talent with all of us to make these days more bearable.
2. We’ve also seen your latest video paying tribute to David Bowie. Can you tell us more about it? How you came up with the idea, who the other people behind it are, how all of you managed to work on such a project, given all the quarantine constraints?
One of these days I was looking from my window and thinking of the distance that separates us from everyone else. Although that distance can be measured in meters, I have the feeling that each of us inhabits different planets at this time. An unreachable distance for our hands and our bodies, but not for songs, which are space, timeless and indefatigable travelers.
For this reason I started listening to this song in loop. I had a feeling and contacted some great friends and musicians. They did not hesitate a second to get on my ship. Some days after this video is traveling from ear to ear hugging the ones I can’t touch.
Let me now introduce all the people who took part in this:
Santi Fernández – Drums & Mixing
Yago Fernández – Piano
David García – Synthesizers
Ricardo Tirado – Bass Guitar
Edit by Luis García
Draws by Alba Marín
Mastered by Denis Blackham
You are nobody without a great team behind.
3. Can you share with us some of the projects that you are working on now or plan to do very soon? We’re excited to see what you’ll come up with next!
Every morning I wake up and come up with different new ideas and projects. I like the way creativity is awakening these days, not only in me, but in my fellow artists.
There will be more videos, collaborations and songs. I prefer not saying much in advance so I keep the surprise factor. Stay tuned!
4. Can we backtrack a bit? Please tell us about your first album ‘El Idioma de Los Relojes’.
These days I am getting to understand something about my own album. A work is timeless. Although it is created at a specific moment in your life, the path that the songs later have is linked to time.
In the last few days this songs that were recorded a year ago are reaching more people over the world than in a whole year. It is as if the album itself knows what time it has to reach each person.
I put my best on the record. My essence is present in it. Each song is a part of that puzzle called David Castro which is still far from being finished.
5. Who would you say are your main influences in your music? And, given a chance, who would you like to work with or collaborate with?
My biggest influences are usually the good songs ahead of the artists. I am more interested in the piece of art that represents a specific song. But if I had the opportunity I would completely love to collaborate with Marcus Mumford. There is something too special in his voice and music. He has the gift of making everything he does seem easy.
6. Is there any message you’d like to pass on to everyone out there during these trying times?
We have art and we have each other. Remember that separated we remain together.