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Mark del Castillo


 Mark del Castillo grew up in the Rio Grande Valley city of Brownsville, Texas surrounded by the many musical influences of his family. Inspired by the talent and success of his older brother Rick del Castillo, he began to immerse himself in the study of guitar at age 14. Mark was a self-taught guitarist until he became a Music Major at the University of Texas at Brownsville in 1990. At that time he studied Music Theory, Ear Training, and Applied Guitar as well as joining the University Latin/Jazz band. In 1991, at the age of 19, he joined a cover band called Kickstart and began to build a reputation for himself as a guitarist. After playing with Kickstart for over three years, Mark moved away to pursue further education in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University. While a student there, he and some friends formed a cover band called Vivid. After graduating in 1996, Mark and Vivid relocated to Austin, Texas and began to play regularly on the world-renowned 6th Street Circuit, various other cities in Texas, and even in Europe. While playing in Vivid, he joined his first original rock band called Milhouse. This was his first collaboration with Mike Zeoli (Del Castillo’s drummer). On the first Milhouse CD, which his brother Rick recorded and produced, Mark recorded an instrumental latin track entitled “Para Mija Linda” showcasing his flamenco-style Spanish guitar playing. This song became a huge inspiration for him to return to his roots and write more Spanish guitar music. After composing several instrumentals, Mark began working with Alex Ruiz to add lyrics to some of the songs. Mark presented these songs to his brother Rick, who, realizing that they had never worked together, suggested that the Del Castillo brothers combine their creative forces and talents. Mark realized that this is the music that is true to his heart, in his soul, and will always live within him.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

  • Takamine Classical Nylon customized by Peter Mark
  • Yamaha Classical Guitar customized by Peter Mark
  • Gibson Les Paul Guitar
  • Genz Benz Shen Compak 300 Acoustic Amplifier
  • RMC Poly Drive IV Pickup System
  • Line6 POD HD500 Effects Pedalboard
  • Electro-Harmonix Micro POG Octave Pedal
  • BBE Sonic Stomp Pedal
  • Line6 Relay G50 Wireless System
  • InTuneGP “Mark del Castillo Signature” Tortex Picks (black/white)
  • D’Addario Extra Hard Tension Nylon Strings

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