Hector Castillo

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Hector Castillo has been working in the NYC music scene as a producer, mixer and engineer for more than ten years. He got his start at Philip Glass’ now defunct Looking Glass studios where he eventually became chief engineer and partner. In his years there he honed his skills working on multiple projects and audio formats and gathered an impressive client list that includes David Bowie, Björk, Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, Rufus Wainwright, and Philip Glass among others.

In addition to making records, he’s mixed several 5.1 surround projects, most notably T. Rex’s Electric Warrior, and David Bowie’s last two studio albums, Heathen and Reality.  Film credits include engineering Philip Glass’ academy award nominated scores for The Hours and Notes on a Scandal, Errol Morris’ academy award winning documentary Fog of War, mixing Jean Cocteau’s original Beauty and the Beast Criterion DVD release also scored by Philip Glass, and engineering and mixing Naqoiqatsi, the third installment in Godfrey Reggio’s ground-breaking trilogy.

In 2007 Hector received two Latin Grammys for co-producing and mixing  Argentinean rocker Gustavo Cerati’s critically acclaimed album Ahi Vamos.  Feat which they would repeat again in 2010 with Fuerza Natural gathering a total of 4 Latin Grammys. Other collaborations worth mentioning include co-producing and engineering Brazilians Girls, New York City which received a Grammy Nomination for Best Dance Recording in 2009 and mixing Aterciopelados, Rio which also received a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album in 2009.

Currently Hector can be found hauling his equipment through different NYC studios, working on a new musical project called MASA with former Brazilian Girls member Didi Gutman and producing a Philip Glass Remix Album with Beck due out early 2012. Stay tuned!

Select Tracks

  • David Bowie
    "5:15 The Angels Have Gone", Heathen
    Released 2002 (Columbia)

  • Bjork
    "The Dull Flame of Desire", Volta
    Released 2007 (Elektra)

  • Antony and the Johnsons
    "Epilepsy Is Dancing", The Crying Light
    Released 2009 (Secretly Canadian)

  • Brazilian Girls
    "Nouveau American", New York City
    Released 2008 (Verve)

  • Dan Deacon
    "Alight Spiral Snip", Rework_Phillip Glass Remixes
    Released 2012 (Orange Mountain Music)

  • Gustavo Cerati
    "Cactus", Fuerza Natural
    Released 2009 (Sony)

  • Jim Keller
    "Sweet Lorraine", Soul Candy
    Released 2011 (Self-Released)

    "What Are You Kids On?", Moonwater
    Released 2012 (Majordomo)

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Selected Discography

Beck Curates Phillip Glass REMIXES | Forthcoming Album | Prod

Chappo | “What Are You Kids On” | Single | Mix

Jim Keller | Soul Candy | Album | Prod/Engineer

Clarence Bucaro | The Walls of the World | Forthcoming Album | Prod/Eng

Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Forthcoming Album | Prod/Engineer

Roger Waters | Alas Charity Single ft. Eric Clapton, Shakira & Gustavo Cerati | Eng/Mix

Gustavo Cerati | Fuerza Natural | Album | Co-Prod/Mix/Eng

Brazilian Girls | New York |  Album  |  Co-Prod/Engineer/Mix

Ollabelle | Neon Blue Bird | Album | Engineer

Björk | Volta |  Album  |  Engineer

Glen Pastch | Forthcoming |  Album  |  Co-Prod/Engineer/Mix

Lou Reed | Hudson River Wind Meditiations |  Album  |  Engineer/Mix

Aterciopelados | Rio | Album | Mix

The Holmes Brothers | State Of Grace |  Album  |  Engineer/Mix

Brazilian Girls | Talk to La Bomb |  Album  |  Engineer

Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls |  Album  |  Co-Prod/Engineer

Gustavo Cerati | Ahi Vamos |  Album  |  Co-Prod/Mix

Ximena Sarinana | Mediocre | Album | Mix

Dawn Landes | Sweet Heart Rodeo | Single | Mix

Antony and the Johnsons | Crying Light | Engineer

John Legend | Once Again |  Album  |  Engineer/String Engineer

Phillip Glass | Analog |  Album  |  Mix

The Citizens | Post Cro-Magnon Drift |  Album  |  Co-Prod/Engineer/Loops

John Popper Project | The John Popper Project |  Album  |  Engineering/Mix

Steve Reich | Steve Reich & Musicians Vol 1. | Album  |  Mastering

Tim Berne | Feign | Album | Produce/Engineering

V/A | Phillip Glass Remixed | Album | Arranger/Mixer

Bebel Gilberto | Bebel Gilberto | Album | Engineer

Orange Blue | Panta Rhei | Album | Engineer

Phillip Glass | Witches of Venice | Album | Engineer/Mastering

The Citizens | Secret Window | Album | Engineer

David Bowie | Reality | Album | 5.1 Surround Sound Mix

Earl Slick | Zig Zag | Album | Engineer

Kaki King | Legs To Make Us Longer | Album | Engineer/Mixing

Lou Reed | The Raven | Album | ProTools Engineer

Nina Nastasia | Run To Ruin | Album | Additional Engineering

Phillip Glass | Music From The Thin Blue Line | Album | Mixing

Phillip Glass | The Fog Of War | Album | Engineer

T. Rex | Electric Warrior | Album | 5.1 Surround Sound Mixing

Wax Poetic | Nublu Sessionis | Album | Engineer

Ziggy Marley | Dragonfly | Album | Additional Engineering

David Bowie | Heathen | Album | Engineer/Mix/5.1 Mix

David Bowie | Toy | Album | Engineer

Julia Wolf | The String Quartets | Album | Engineer

Phillip Glass | A Descent into the Maelstrom | Album | Mixing

Phillip Glass | Etudes for Piano Vol 1, No. 1-10 | Album | Engineer

Phillip Glass | Saxophone | Album | Mixing

Phillip Glass & Yo Yo Ma | Naqoyqatsi | Album | Engineer/Mixing

Suzanne Vega | Songs in Red and Grey | Album | Addit’l Engineering/Mixing