In an exciting development that will undoubtedly reverberate through the music and video game industries, Mexican composer and music producer Jose Castro is poised to make a resounding impact on the music and video game industries in the United States, having accepted leading positions at some of the industry’s most-recognized production companies, including Silver Gun Records, Cortes Productions, Bears & Guts, Piecrust Studios, and internationally-recognized music producer Nico Farias.
For years, Castro has been steadily adding achievements to his resume that have carried him to the top of his field. In 2017 at Chris Hanebutt's illustrious DeVille Studios, where he served as the lead recording engineer, meticulously crafting captivating soundscapes for esteemed recording artists such as Jasmine Crowe, Akazi, and Viva Swan. From there, he moved on to Fine Tune, where he took on a leading role as the company’s lead composer and music producer, creating music that became an integral part of the company's revered music library, which went on to grace the airwaves of major networks such as ABC, NBC, and FOX, further solidifying his standing as an influential force in the industry.
Castro’s highly successful collaboration with Phoenix Lazare resulted in the creation of the 2019 hit single, Under the Light," showcasing his remarkable ability to compose and produce electronic music in addition to the jazz, pop, and world music he had been known for. In 2022, Castro showed the world that not only can he compose and produce for other artists, but also for himself with his single “More than Enough,” which he released under the moniker J. Jeaux. The track earned him praise from A&R Factory, which praised him for his ability to work in the genre of modern R&B while maintaining his originality.
In 2020, he made waves in the video game world with his work as the composer and producer of the soundtrack of Bears & Guts’ flagship title “WOMG”. The following year, Castro founded his Mexico City-based production company 8-Bit Studio, which specializes in music for video games.
By this point in his career, Castro’s many accomplishments and his dazzling ability to bring jazz and world music to pop, R&B, and video game soundtracks had established him as one of the most in-demand composers and producers in the field internationally. Along the way, he earned a long record of recognition from major media outlets in Mexico and the United States, with his work being featured in several national publications.
It is Castro’s undeniable talent and remarkable achievements that have paved the way for the next step in his career, which will see him moving to the United States to take on leading roles in some of the industry’s leading companies.
Silver Gun Records, known for producing music featured in over 60 hit TV shows including The Daily Show," HBO's VICE," and Netflix's Queer Eye," have appointed Castro as their Lead Composer, Music Producer, and Sound Designer. Castro has also been hired to lead the production and composition of projects for Piecrust Studios, a studio known for creating music for major networks such as Comedy Central, ESPN, and MTV. In the world of video games, two major players have sought to level up their work by bringing in Castro. Bears and Guts have hired him to continue his stellar work on “WOMG” and Cortes Productions have hired him to bring his talents to their flagship title “Mogrimera: Disciple of Order.”
The journey to the United States represents a natural progression for Jose Castro, propelled by his impressive track record of achievements. National media outlets including NVI Noticias, Zocalo, and Reforma have extensively covered his groundbreaking work on WOMG" and his significant contributions to the realm of video game music in Mexico. Castro’s name can also be found on the pages of several other major publications, such as eGames, Social Spatium, Tu Media, Temuco Television, among others. The spotlight on Castro's awe-inspiring talent has positioned him as a prominent figure and industry leader, elevating his profile and attracting the attention of international collaborators and enthusiasts.
As Castro ventures into this new chapter, the world eagerly awaits the next phase of his musical odyssey. His presence in the United States, supported by an illustrious career and a multitude of accomplishments, promises to redefine the boundaries of music and video game soundtracks. With his remarkable skills, technical expertise, and a genuine passion for innovation, Jose Castro is poised to make an indelible impact on the American music and video game industries, solidifying his position as a revered and influential figure on the global stage.
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