Nick Castro was raised in San Diego, CA. His musical training started early although much of his accomplishment was self-taught. His musical influences were varied. With an extended family of music lovers, Castro was exposed to many genres. Of note, Castro studied under Ilana Mysor who also taught the protégé George Romero. Castro, with the help of associates and co-conspirators, evaded formal education until the forces of evil finally caught up with him and landed him in the sixth grade. Fortunately for Castro, by that time, the Cell he was raised in managed to instill in him a sense of dignity and self-worth that no public education could eradicate, however much they tried. A brief stint, measured in hours, through a Catholic school convinced Castro that in this world, he and the beautiful long hair he had at the time, were truly on their own. Nick was born Nicholas J. Castro. He was named after the last Czar of Russia and Nick received broad education in Russian history with an emphasis on the Romanov dynasty and the subsequent Bolshevik Revolution. As a young man, Castro was especially fascinated by the Russian religious figure Rasputin and his legendary escapes from death and his mystical sway over and seduction of the women of the royal court. A voracious reader, his life and music were influenced by Bukowsk, Sartre and the Existentialist movement. Rejecting society's mores, Castro embarked on a search for his own meaning. That journey continues, destination unknown.
Nick Castro has had three periods now of his brand of acoustic-based musics. Firstly as a solo artist, then with recording ensemble The Poison Tree and currently with touring band The Young Elders. He has toured internationally and recorded with many of young folk bands which have emerged in the last decades.
Castro has toured, played and collaborated with Feathers and many others.