This month’s cover story features Yoshiki, Asia’s most influential music artist today whose popularity is spreading rapidly in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He is also a very humble and giving individual and we follow his life journey from a small town in Japan all the way to the dazzling red-carpet of the Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles. A story sure to entertain and inspire you.
This month’s issue also featuresthe talented actress, Yvette Yates. A whirlwind of positive energy who has the looks, personality and the brains. She was attending UCLA preparing for medical school when she took a chance to follow her passion for acting. In a relatively short time, she has come a long way, treating us to some amazing roles. We can’t wait to find out what’s next for her and neither will you.
This issue also features producer, Valentina Castellani-Quinn. She is a true visionary and talent who turned a family tragedy into a passion project inspiring love and hope. She talks about her work, her life and latest projects in an article that can’t help but move you.
Finally, we are proud to feature the multi-talented, Felix Cordova. This veteran actor, producer and casting professional reveals his inspiring life story that demonstrates that through determination and hard work, any dream can come true. You won’t want to miss reading about his remarkable journey.
We encourage you to “Let them be your motivation.”
SOHM remains a politics and gossip free publication with its focus on, Real People, Real Stories, from the Arts and Pop Culture Community who make a difference by giving back, and we are delighted to share their heart-felt stories with you. We will continue to provide the industry’s foremost creative meeting place with monthly showcases, news, opinions, analysis and audience feedback.
The upcoming July issue will feature Shine on Hollywood Magazine’s Two Year Anniversary Special Edition! Look for special articles and interviews with leading industry professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!
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DEL CASTILLO has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music that is being referred to as “Nuevo Americano”. Between the release of their first CD back in 2001, to their 2012 release, “Infinitas Rapsodias”, has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards, “Band of the Year , ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year ”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act ”. Del Castillo has worked with Willie Nelson, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and George Lopez to name just a few.
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DEL CASTILLO began as a CD project for family back in the winter of 2000 and has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music.
Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), “Band of the Year (2003)”, ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act (2004)”.
Rolling Stone calls Del Castillo “tumbling brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars” with “eruptions of technique and taste (that) conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings).“
Film Director Robert Rodriguez attended a Del Castillo concert in 2002 and a great friendship developed between the two. Rodriguez then enlisted the group to contribute music to the soundtracks of his movies, such as “Spy Kids 3D”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”,“Sin City”, and “GRINDHOUSE”, and perform with him at the premieres. Rodriguez was so impressed with Del Castillo that he wanted to record with them, so together, they formed CHINGON and recorded an amazing electric rendition of the Mexican classic song, “Malaguena Salerosa”. Quentin Tarantino loved it so much that he re-did the ending sequence of “Kill Bill Vol. II” to fit the song into his movie.
By 2004, Del Castillo was touring nationwide across the country playing with such diverse acts as Styx, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson and continued tour non-stop through 2006. They have performed at three of Willie Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnics, and at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and they have made numerous national and local TV appearances.
Willie Nelson enjoyed Del Castillo so much that he re-recorded his song “I Never Cared For You” with the group (which is included on Del Castillo’s Brotherhood CD) and calls it “his favorite version”. Nelson has become a good friend of the band as well and the two look forward to touring together again soon.
During 2008, the band began playing major festivals all over the country and even Canada and widening its audience at a much more rapid rate. At California’s famous Strawberry Music Festival, they were deemed the highlight of the festival and broke the merchandise sales record. Immediately after their incendiary debut performance at the Vancouver Folk Festival in Canada, they were selected to play the headlining stage for 2009.
Rick and Mark del Castillo were recently selected in December 2008, by Gibson Global, to be two of only about SIX guitarists in the world to launch their new state-of the-art Dark Fire Gibson Les Paul guitar line.
The band continues to tour throughout the country, thriving on performing live and building new audiences, and songwriting and recording are a priority during breaks in their tour schedule.
Album of the Year –“BROTHERHOOD” – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)
Best Latin Traditional Band - Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)
Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2006)
Best Independent Group of the Year – ASCAP Latin Music Awards (2005)
Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2005)
#1 Best Live Act by Austin Music Pundits – AMP Awards (2004)
Best Latin Contemporary Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2004)
Best Latin Music Video 2003 for “Suenos Madrigales” from “DEL CASTILLO LIVE” DVD – Austin Music Network Music Video Awards
- 7 major awards at Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2003):
- AUSTIN BAND OF THE YEAR
- BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “VIDA”
- BEST DRUMS: Mike Zeoli
- AUSTIN SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “VIDA”
- BEST COVER ART: “VIDA”
- RECORD PRODUCER: Rick del Castillo – “VIDA”
- MEXICAN TRADITIONAL – DEL CASTILLO
Best World Music Band and Best Mexican/Traditional Latino Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2002)
Honored by the Austin Latin Music Association. Live performance filmed for “Sonidos del Barrios” TV series. (2002)
Best Latin Rock Band – “Primetime Tejano” TV/Austin (2002)
Outlaw Trail Concert – Paramount Theatre, Austin (2008)
Dan Rather Reports: Latino Invasions On Hdnet (2007)
Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin (2006)
Wakarusa Festival – Lawrence, Ks (2006) · Headlined Kgsr T-Shirt Party – Austin (2006)
Latin Nation Tv (2006)
Willie Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnic – 2 Nights: Carl’s Corner/Ft. Worth (2006)
George Lopez Show / ABC-TV (2005) – featuring Rick, Mark, and Alex
Black Tie and Boots Ball – Washington, DC during Inauguration week (2005)
American/Latino TV (2004)
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – Ft. Worth (2004)
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival – Dallas (2004)
Kill Bill, Vol 2 Premier. Performed in Chingon with Robert Rodriguez – Los Angeles (2004)
House of Blues with special guest appearance by Robert Rodriguez – Los Angeles (2004)
Headlined KGSR’s Spring T-Party – Austin (2004)
“Chingon” Evening with Robert Rodriguez and Bruce Willis & The Accelerators – Austin (2004)
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – Ft. Worth (2003)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Premier. Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas and Cheech Marin performed with the band – New York (2003)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over World Premier. Robert Rodriguez performed with the band – Austin (2003)
LATV, in conjunction with debut Los Angeles showcase performances at the Roxy and Conga Room (2003)
2003 Convention of the National Council of La Raza – Austin (2003)
National touring throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including many major music festivals such as the Sierra Nevada Music Fest, California Worldfest, and Great Woods Music Fest (Canada).
National tour: shows with Los Lonely Boys/Indigenous/Styx/deSol/Don Henley. Performed at corporate event for Cartier in Geneva, Switzerland. Set attendance records at The Glenn and Antone’s in Austin.
Headlined at the Mexico Now! Festival in New York and at the Open House Arts Festival at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC celebrating the Center’s 34th Anniversary. National headline tour, including Las Vegas/Kansas City/St. Louis/Nashville/Virginia Beach/Syracuse/Santa Fe/ Albuquerque. Shows with the Neville Brothers in Austin, and with Buddy Guy in Des Moines.
Headline shows in New York/Atlanta/Memphis. Shows with Ozomatli in Tucson/New Orleans/ Orlando/Washington, DC/Detroit/Chicago/Minneapolis/Albuquerque/Santa Fe; with Los Lobos in Des Moines/Dallas/Austin/San Antonio/El Paso.
- “DEL CASTILLO” CD (2009)
- “BROTHERHOOD” CD (2006)
- “DEL CASTILLO LIVE” DVD (2004) — Filmed and edited by Robert Rodriguez
- “VIDA” CD (2002)
- “BROTHERS OF THE CASTLE” CD (2001)
- “KILL BILL, VOL. 2″ soundtrack CD (2004). Includes “Malaguena Salerosa” by Chingon (Del Castillo, Robert Rodriguez, and others).
- “MEXICO & MARIACHIS” CD (2004). Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” Trilogy. Includes “Spanish Castle Tango” by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Rick and Mark del Castillo, vocals by Alex Ruiz, and percussion by Rick Holeman on various songs.
- “MEXICAN SPAGHETTI WESTERNS”/CHINGON CD (2003).
- “ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO” soundtrack CD (2003). Includes “Dias de los Angeles” by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Mark and Rick del Castillo, and vocals by Alex Ruiz on various songs.
(Del Castillo member participation in parenthesis)
Film in progress. It is the story of hard-living polo players set amid a Southwestern love triangle, incorporating border issues, drugs, and DVD piracy. A short film shot in Texas, Santa Fe, and Spain has been completed for presentation to investors and distributors.
- Rick del Castillo is co-writer, co-producer, and composed the soundtrack score, which was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios.
- New and existing Del Castillo songs are on the soundtrack.
- Rick del Castillo, Alex Ruiz, and Albert Besteiro appear in the film as actors and performers.
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Indie supernatural thriller based on the 500-year old Latin American legend of La Llorona, an anguished vengeful spirit acknowledged by 28 million believers. (Announcement of release plans is forthcoming.)
- Del Castillo with Patricia Vonne recorded the traditional song “La Llorona” for the opening and end credits.
- Del Castillo songs featured on the soundtrack: “Talkin’ To Ya” (from Brotherhood CD), “Don Nicolas” and “Suenos Madrigales” (from Vida CD)
“KILL BILL, VOL. 2” (Film and Soundtrack CD)
- “Malaguena Salerosa” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Alex Ruiz/vocals, Rick
“ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO” (Film and Soundtrack CD)
- “Eye Patch” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, percussion; Alex Ruiz/vocals)
- “Guitar Town” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
- “Church Shootout” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, drums)
- “Dias de los Angeles “ (written, performed, produced by Del Castillo)
- “Mariachi vs. Marquez” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
- “Coup De Etat” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
- “El Mariachi” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
- “Siente Mi Amor” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
- “Cuka Rocka” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar)
“MEXICO & MARIACHIS “
– Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s EL MARIACHI Trilogy (Films and CD)
- “Alacran y Pistolero” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Alex Ruiz/backing vocals, Rick
- “Severina” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar)
- “Theme from El Mariachi” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, Rick Holeman/percussion)
- “Back To The House That Love Built” (Acoustic) (Rick del Castillo/guitar, Rick
- “Spanish Castle Tango” (Written, Performed, and Produced by Del Castillo)
- “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” (Main Titles) (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Rick
“SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER” (Film and DVD)
- “Game Over” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
- “Isle Of Dreams” (Rick del Castillo/guitar
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More Than Love
This Singer, Songwriter & Dance PoP Artist Received Two Entries in the Official 50th Annual Grammy Awards Balloting in two catagories “Album Of The Year” and “Record Of The Year”, Arnold G Hollywood up-and-comer will tell you that his devotion to music extends far beyond musical fandom or career considerations. “It’s not just a love for music, it’s a passion and it goes further than love and beyond a hobby.” For Arnold G, music is a lifestyle, it deeply rooted passion that drives him from the very core of his being. “It’s about a way of living. Music is essential to my life.” It’s this quality that imbues Arnold G’s music with such crackling hooks.
Arnold G’s passion for his music is such that he goes beyond considerations for mere entertainment. Arnold G also sees music as a tool for social change. On his debut, “Driven: Straight to the Dance Floor”, for example, Arnold G includes a pop track, “Carry On”, which tackles the difficult issue of AIDS. For this performer, music is something that can not only add fun to people’s lives but something that can draw those lives together into a place of unity.
Talent and Training
Arnold G was born with a natural inclination toward music and his inherent talents were shaped by vocal and dance training. Dancing and choreography were factors in his career and musically he has embraced both vocal work and DJ duties. He embraces an eclectic mix of dancehall styles, bringing freshness and variety to his musical sessions.
Besides his smash debut “Driven Straight To The Dance Floor”, with its masterful mix of dance flavors, Arnold G has also announced the upcoming single release “You Got Me Hot”, due in March. His debut is already available worldwide and Arnold plans touring on a global scope. A&R Management
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