Latin pop artist JP Castillo is heating up the scene. With more than three million views on YouTube, and over 160K followers on Instagram, JP Castillo is “in demand” by some of the most iconic names in the industry, most recently by Jennifer Lopez on her “It’s My Party” tour, and he is also a featured artist in the “Dancing with The Stars” band. The Costa Rican-born rising star has toured with such legends as The Jacksons, Frankie J, and many others.
IEM had the opportunity to the chance to sit down with JP and ask “10 flash questions.”
How did you get started in the music industry?
I started as a drummer and percussionist in my church. My first professional job was playing Aladdin in the Aladdin Musical Spectacular at Disney’s California Adventure. Music is in my blood. I come from a musical family.
What artists are you compared to most?
Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson and Marc Anthony.
Did you have vocal lessons growing up?
Yes. I studied classical technique at Fullerton College.
Who does your production?
My partner Rich Elizalde and I write and produce all of the music. We also collaborate with other producers and writers.
Can you play instruments and have you taken dance lessons?
I play drums and percussion. That was my major in college, until I realized that singing was my true passion. I have taken many dance classes in the past, but I’m rusty. J
Who were your biggest influences growing up?
My parents and Michael Jackson.
If you can meet anyone on history who would you hang out with and why?
Jesus. He is the most influential person in history.
What is the craziest groupie story you have?
A fan of mine came from Japan to meet me. I took her to lunch and she wanted to get together again for dinner, but I wasn’t able to, so she cussed me out in Japanese and English at a BJ’s parking lot, lol!
How did your collaboration with Jennifer Lopez come about?
Word of mouth. The musical director knew about me, and when they needed someone to open the show, he forwarded my videos to Benny [Medina] and Jen. They welcomed me into the camp.
If you could give one piece of advice to a kid out there who’s starting out, what would you tell them?
Always be humble, work harder, and don’t be scared of growing pains.
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