“AJ Castillo crafts a new 'Austin sound'”— Parry Gettleman, The Austin American Statesman
“Castillo creates a more urban version ...”— Hector Saldaña, San Antonio Express News
A three time award winner, AJ Castillo is known for his unique accordion sound and style, his energetic LIVE performances, and his extraordinary custom accordions. Having lent his musical talent to many artists through countless studio recordings and performances, in late 2008 he felt it was time to step to the front of the stage and introduced a fresh new sound that expands the boundaries of accordion music. With the release of his debut CD “Who I Am” followed by “On My Way,” “The MixTape,” and the DVD “Up Close And Personal,” AJ has embarked on a new journey as a well-known accordionist, singer, performer, and producer.
AJ is a native of Austin, TX, and is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Born to a musical family, he was introduced to the accordion by his grandfather. He started playing the accordion at the age of 9/10 and began his professional music career at 13. Today, this young talented musician is reaching Latin music fans all over the world and is being recognized by professionals in the Latin music industry. In a short period of time, he has accomplished many great things: he has released two hit CDs; he is receiving airplay on stations across the nation; within the first seven months of his solo career AJ was asked to perform at the 2009 Tejano Music Awards and a year later in 2010 he was named the Tejano Music Awards Best New Artist and the Tejano Academy’s Best Accordion Player and Best Emerging Artist; and most recently became endorsed by Hohner, Inc. USA.
With the release of each consecutive project, AJ has taken his music to the next level and continues to amaze people with his ability to infuse different styles of music to create his new unique sound. Joining him on this journey is his younger brother and promising vocalist, Sergio Castillo. Sergio brings another level of versatility to the group with his strong vocal ability. Together, they are committed to producing high quality music that can cross boundaries and appeal to fans in all genres of Latin music...we call this “The New Movement™.”