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GMC Forum _ Bands and Guitarists _ Jose De Castro...

Posted by: InstruMental Case Aug 29 2006, 08:39 AM

... or just "Jopi" to his friends, is a funk/rock/fusion guitarist from Madrid, Spain.

His third album, "", was recently released. You can find it there at, or at, along with his previous solo albums, "" and "".

He recently became a, and he plays them on his newest album, which you can listen to samples of In fact, here's a full song for you to download called "", from his new album, and of the same song. Also, here's another full song called "", from his first album, and once again of the same song.

I got "Conversación" about a month ago, and I'm absolutely loving it. It reminds me a lot of Shawn Lane's music... not in style or technique (although Casto is certainly no slacker), but in the way that a lot of the songs sound really joyful. I’ve always preferred happier sounding music to dark and angry, as long as the former packs the same level of intensity that’s more common with the angrier sounding genres (such as metal). To me, a song like Shawn Lane's “Rules of the Game” is easily as intense as any hard driving progressive metal song I’ve ever heard.

To be honest, I’ve never immediately “clicked” with any of Jopi's albums, but that’s almost always been the case with the music I now enjoy the most. I remember buying and listening to his first two albums a couple of years ago, and just not totally enjoying them at first. But then I got sick one weekend shortly after getting them, and all I did while I was sick was lay in bed and listen to those CD's. I reasoned that there was obviously something going on with this music, because the artist wouldn’t have spent his life playing and creating it if it didn’t really move him inside. So I decided I wouldn’t stop listening to them until I could enjoy the music like he must. Well, I’m happy to report that it only took twenty hours or so, but man, once I got it, I really got it!

Castro quickly became one of my favorite guitarists, and his newest album is probably my favorite he has released yet. Hopefully it wont take you twenty hours to enjoy! I actually started digging the new album very quickly, and it’s currently dominating my playlist.

So once more, here are the download links for two songs: "" and "".

Posted by: Kristofer Dahl Aug 29 2006, 09:30 AM

Absolutely lovely - there are so many guitarists out there.

Jopi mixes shred and bluesrock like never before - and it's all very tasteful.... I have top check out more of his stuff!!

Btw Instrumental case I love your guitar sucks video! biggrin.gif


Posted by: InstruMental Case Aug 29 2006, 08:34 PM

Hah, thanks again, man! I’m really enjoying the website. I just wana do what I can to repay you for it. For starters, I completed Guitars SUCK 5, and it is currently waiting approval on Google Video, but it should be up within a day or two. Your video is the opening clip (kept in its entirety)!

I spent over 12 hours editing it yesterday, and basically did all the hard work in one day. It wouldn’t have taken so long, but when I went to render all the clips I edited into the final video, it came out messed up and out of sync on your song and one other song. I was forced to transfer the entire production over to another video editing program, mute the audio on your clip, and then carefully lay the mp3 you have for the song on this website over the video so that it looks as closely synced up as possible. I think it turned out okay. Most people probably won’t notice that it's a few milliseconds off.

Posted by: Kristofer Dahl Aug 30 2006, 08:24 AM

Man am in the opening clip??!!?? biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Can't wait... biggrin.gif

About the editing... editing video can be quite a hassle. Considering how Google video compresses the clip, I don't think anyone will notice.


Posted by: InstruMental Case Aug 30 2006, 03:22 PM

I'm gonna buy some new software. What do you use?

Posted by: Kristofer Dahl Aug 31 2006, 08:54 AM

QUOTE (InstruMental Case)
I'm gonna buy some new software.  What do you use?

I use adobe premier, cheap and easy.

Posted by: Guitar Master123 Feb 24 2007, 09:02 PM

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Posted by: MickeM Feb 24 2007, 09:29 PM

EDIT: just forget it, stupid post from my side.

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