ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: HITTA CASTRO
Hitta Castro, tell us a little more about how you got into music.
Growing up, I always loved music.
I will never forget walking to middle school with my yellow Sony Sports Walkman.
I would listen to Afrika Bambatta and The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock.
I was learning how to put words together although it wasn't what I was focused on.
Throughout high school, I was more into freestyling and just having fun with it doing cyphers.
At first, I didn't take music seriously I was more focused on making money until I got locked up and someone had brought it to the judges attention that I was really good at rhyming and loved music.
He told me to redirect my focus on something that would keep me from being continuously locked up.
At that point, I really thought about it and decided to dedicate my time to music.
Around that time, Lil Jon & Crime Mob, the whole south music scene and I really loved that sound and vibe it really captured my style.
I was into crunk music for a while until I met a girl named K Star, she now goes by Young Kaii, she really influenced my mainstream sound and we became a team.
What is your creative process when it comes to writing songs?
I used to hop in the studio deep with 20 people and make it a whole movie.
Right now, I like to really get in the studio either alone or with one to two people max and the engineer.
If the beat talks to me, I can have a song written in minutes.
Other than that, I just turn the beat up, get an idea, and run with it until I accomplish the sound/song I'm looking for.
I literally get ideas for songs anywhere at random times.
Funny story, I was having a house party and there were a lot of girls, having fun, drinking, feeling nice, and out of nowhere I left to a different room and started writing my song, "Darkness Bright".
I was so into my feelings and wanted to get this deep song written, a bunch of the girls came to the room where I was telling me to stop working on music and come have fun.
Little did they know this was my fun and my passion.
I finished the whole song that night and still managed to get back to partying.
When it's in my head I have to let it out, I'll stop anything.
When I'm not feeling motivated, good company and someone to vibe out with always helps.
What would you say to aspiring artists who look up to your work?
I would tell them to keep working hard towards your passion and don't let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough, use that negative energy to fuel the fire within.
I'm a firm believer in the law of attraction, what you put in is what you get out.
If you truly own it, believe it, work hard, and invest in yourself you will naturally manifest everything you ever want.