Los Angeles-based singer, composer and actor Don Castor discusses the creative process on his latest musical project FREEDOM, how he came to star in the 2022 Marvel blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and more.
What’s been keeping you busy lately?
I’ve recently released a brand new project, entitled FREEDOM. It's a full length project that I've been working on pretty much throughout the pandemic. It's my statement to myself and to the world of my liberation and freedom as a person and artist.
Tell us about your musical background.
I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. My parents kind of forced me and my siblings to be active in music. Although they never intended it to be anything more than an extracurricular activity, I remember falling in love with music at the age of five or six. By the time I was seven or eight, I knew it was what I wanted to do. I would just be singing around the house all day; I was playing piano and attempting to play the flute. Music was all that I ever thought about and all that I ever wanted to do, and that remains true to this day.
I grew up very religious, so firstly I was listening to Christian contemporary artists like Sandi Patty. Over time, I started to become influenced by voices like Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, and Mary J. Blige. And then also Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Freddie Mercury. I have a wide range of influences, and I feel like I can take inspiration from all music.