Reydel Castillo, better known as TrueWork, is thrilling fans with his new release, “Be That Man.” This release is sure to resonate with listeners, as it offers a powerful story and an engaging melody with the unique sound that has distinguished this American artist.
Castillo works with hip-hop and pop, developing his talent for songwriting, performing, and singing in his twenties. Despite his young age, the artist is also an Army veteran who served the USA for eight years. Now, he is pursuing a different career path with a lot of hard work. Through his music, TrueWork wants to express his truth and inspire other people to become better versions of themselves.
The artist has Dominican and Puerto Rican blood and was born in Manhattan. Throughout his life, Castillo has faced a lot of hardship that shaped his personality and character, and that also inspired him to work his music to inspire others.
Soon after his birth, Castillo’s father was incarcerated, leaving his mother alone and in dire financial straights. The family would move, ending up in Lawton, Oklahoma, where the artist would grow up, with a mother constantly at work and mostly television and video games for the company.
After high school, Reydel decided to sign up for the U.S. Army. In 2014, the artist got married, which led to a divorce shortly after. This traumatic experience led to a deeply dark moment in his life, but at the same time, it served as the spark that led the artist to music. His sadness and complex emotions found an outlet in music, and in 2017, Castillo made his first single, an expression of all the painful things he was feeling.
Until 2020, he did not continue to make music, but this was the year when he poured his soul into improving his life through reading, working out, meditation, and many other practices that helped him significantly improve everything and get his life to a new, better place.
Castillo married an Italian woman, Federica, whom he met in Italy while stationed there during his military days. In 2021, the couple moved to America, where Reydel pursued a career in Recording Arts by going to Full Sail University.
Now, after two years of hard work and studying, TrueWork is releasing a high-quality production, the song Be That Man. The track shows the progress that this artist has been making over the last years and can be considered an authentic debut, with all the production values that help the song shine as much as the emotions it presents.
TrueWork is sure to release more amazing music in the future and Be That Man is an effective place to start. It is a showcase of the artist’s talent and raw passion for music, as well as his ability to create and produce tracks with a lot of polish.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Reydel Castillo. Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Hi Reydel, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about yourself.
Hi, I’m a HipHop and Pop artist. I’m also a producer and an audio engineer. When I’m not making my own songs, I work with other artists or producers, producing, audio engineering, or mixing and mastering.
My music is HipHop and Pop inspired by Drake, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, and others. I love talking about life challenges, difficulties, fear, and overcoming it all. It’s the type of music you listen to for motivational energy. I’m also inspired by self-help and personal development masters like Rob Dial, Gary V, Dean Graziosi, Tony Robbins, and others. I feel like my songs reflect a lot of the stuff I learn from them, and will continue to do so as I make more.
Please tell us more about your journey.
Yeah, of course. So, the funny thing is, I was never really into music for most of my life. I barely listened to music until I was well into my teenage years, and even then, I really only listened to very few artists. I really got into music when I had my first major life crisis, my divorce from Alexis (My first wife). I fell into a crazy dark depression, and I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. I just couldn’t see things going well for me ever. I was also in the military at the time and had just recovered from a pretty nasty cut from work while I was deployed over in Afghanistan. It got infected pretty badly due to the gross living conditions, and I had to get sent home after only being there for a month. I couldn’t work out. I felt like I was a failure, and I was ashamed because I got sent home early, and everyone thought it was intentional. Things just really sucked. I got blacked out drunk so bad while on a yacht with some good buddies of mine, and I woke up in a public bathroom downtown, dazed and confused. I still remember strange guys surrounding me and laughing as I crawled to my feet from the corner of the stall. I don’t know what got into me, but one day I just decided to make a song. I bought some pretty low-level stuff to start with; a cheap microphone, audio interface, and a little midi-board(which looks like a little piano). I YouTubed a bunch of stuff like “How to make a beat,” and “How to write a song,” I even paid for some professional courses, and I just got to work. The result was this eccentric, sorrowful, dark song about Alexis(my ex-wife). It was about how I wasn’t enough for her, how sorry I was that things didn’t work out between us, that she was the best thing that ever happened to me, and that I’d always love and respect her. I had emailed it to her as a surprise, and she told me she cried so hard listening to it and that it was really good. I don’t know what the hell happened to that song. I must have accidentally deleted it or corrupted some files because I could never find it after a while. After that song, I just kept making songs inconsistently until I started doing personal development and chose music to be my passion and career. It took a while to get to the point where I became confident about it that I could even be successful, but I’ve finally gotten to that point where I’m starting to see a slight glimpse of success, and it’s all worth it.
Please share with our readers about your latest single, Be That Man.
My latest and also best release is a single called “Be That Man.” The song is about overcoming negativity and difficulties in life. It’s mostly about the emotion of rising through the crap you face in life. Everything I’ve done up until the song “Be That Man” I feel like was just practice and me trying to find my voice and style. Be That Man is the first “industry standard” song I’ve ever made, and I think that’s because everything clicked at once. I learned how to settle comfortably into my own flow and style, and I learned that I am quite capable of singing and sounding good. This song got me from 4 followers on Spotify to over 500, so I must have done something right, and there are plenty more great songs coming soon.
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
I think becoming more consistent is what truly helped me become better. We all struggle with time management, but when I learned to sacrifice the things that weren’t serving my goals, that’s when I noticed that I was improving and getting into the flow. When I created the song “Be That Man,” I knew it was the one and that it was time to dive into marketing. That’s the other half of the music business. It’s not just about making awesome songs. That’s only half the battle. I started creating content around my song, like making YouTube videos, social media posts, direct messaging to friends and strangers, etc. I reached out to marketing teams, like Musicvertising, for example, to help me push my song out using targeted advertisements, blogs, interviews, and stuff like that. Now I’m at the point where I just need to keep it all up and keep creating great songs, and the money and opportunities will come soon. For me, it isn’t about money, so I feel like I’m very patient and in a good position to do my best creative work.
Any message for our readers?
Well, the only thing I can say is, if there’s something out there that you love doing, don’t be afraid to go for it. I think fear is the biggest thing that holds us back from greatness. Just on the other side of fear is success, and it’s out there for everybody.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
You can find me and my social media on my website, TrueWorkMusic.com, or follow me on Instagram @TrueWork94. You can also find me on all streaming platforms, like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube, etc.
Thank you so much, Reydel, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!