Welcome back to our Next Up interview series. Let me introduce you to this week’s guest, Sophie Castillo, a singer, who’s elevating soul music to new heights.
I’m really happy to have you here. Upon my research, I’ve seen that you were born and raised in London, by a Colombian mother and a Cuban father. What was it like growing up in a Latin household in the UK?
It was a truly enjoyable experience. My family has a deep connection to their Latin culture, even though they relocated to London in their adult years. Despite the expense, we made a point to travel back to Colombia as often as possible. As a result, I was surrounded by Latin music, enjoyed Latin cuisine, and spoke Spanish from a young age. This created a beautiful hybrid experience for me. Additionally, I was exposed to a significant amount of British culture while attending school.
I saw that you went to Colombia a few weeks ago.
I recently returned from Colombia. The journey took me from Florida to Colombia and then back to Florida again. The reason for the second trip was my grandma’s birthday. We wanted to surprise her and organize a little impromptu birthday celebration.
Upon listening to your music, I noticed that you like to mix English and Spanish lyrics together. How did this come to be? Was it something that came naturally to you?