NUDE015: Shay De Castro
Shay De Castro is a North American techno DJ and producer, who’s quickly become one of the genre’s rising talents. Growing up playing the guitar, she has always been drawn to the dark and driving side of music, which is evident in her style today. Thanks to her energetic, hard-hitting sets and deep productions. She’s managed to set herself apart with her unique style and genuine passion of connecting with people through music.
The young producer and DJ grew up in the United States, living in some of the best cities for techno music. Playing the guitar and listening to grunge rock since she was a child. This had a huge influence on her sound today, always making sure to have that “dark” ingredient thrown into the mix. However, it was during her time in the culture-rich Los Angeles, California and Guadalajara, Mexico that took her productions to the next level, mixing her booming, driving aesthetic with deep melodies. Perhaps it was the mariachi, or maybe the tequila. Whatever it is, it seems to be working.
Her sound has developed over the years. This is thanks to a mixture of her own CRIMETHINK underground parties and more commercial trance events. To become the thumping, boundary-pushing aural journeys you’ll hear today. Violent synths and head-shaking kicks are ever-present in her studio. Her creativity earning support and recognition from techno giants like Amelie Lens, UMEK, T78, Enrico Sangiuliano, and more.
Today, she joins us on the NUDE Podcast, check it out below on SoundCloud & Mixcloud. If you are feeling this series, then please consider supporting it on Mixcloud Select.
Sum up this podcast in 10 words:
Versatile, combining the two genres that made me: techno and trance.
What’s your personal favourite track on it?
I’d have to say Indepth – La Muerte. It’s just so original and the vocals add another layer of intrigue.
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Lots of coffee and kicks!
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
At this tiny town named Ocotlan in Jalisco, Mexico. I’ve learned my lesson to never judge a book by its cover. Sometimes the tiniest and most traditional places can have the craziest crowds!
What have you got coming up?
I have some gigs in the future but we’re still unsure if those are going to go on with the current Coronavirus situation. Other than that, I have a 3-track EP coming out this fall on Codex Recordings, which I’m excited about even though it’s a long way from now. Other than that, I’ve been focusing on creating live sets and going back to vinyl.
Do you have a special message for our readers?
If you can, try to focus on networking, the music, and bettering yourself as a person. As with any art, it can be easy to lose yourself with jealousy and all that’s required in this day and age to be a successful artist. Don’t let social media take over your life because we all know people only post their best moments on there. Be real and be true to yourself because in the end, nothing else matters.
1. Jeremy Stott – Resistance (Original Mix) [Throne Room Records] 2. LFB & Technicism – 244kHz (Original Mix) (Unreleased) 3. Polarism – Enter Transhumatism (Original Mix) [Technological Recordings] 4. Quench – Dreams (UMEK Version) 5. Reform – Holy Graal (Original Mix) [Moments in Time] 6. Regal (ES) – Fenix (Amelie Lens Remix) 7. Indepth – La Muerte (Original Mix) [Etruria Beat] 8. Jon Connor – Make It Alone (Original Mix) [Bubblejam Records] 9. Rocko Garoni – Gece (Original Mix) [Second State Audio] 10. Coyu – Flangerism (Original Mix) [Suara] 11. Shay De Castro – ID [Codex Recordings] 12. Guiliano – I Want You! (Original Mix) [Bubblejam Records] 13. Bastinov – Solar System (Original Mix) [Etruria Beat] 14. Gijensu – Inferno Onleyene (Original Mix) [Moments in Time]