My Music
Already at the tender age of 4 years I harbored a keen interest in musical instruments. Each time when I  visited my grandparents, I took the the opportunity to get my hands on the Bontempi organ of my  grandfather. He was it who supported and encouraged me  to take keyboard lessons at the age of 14.  He also bought me a keyboard, which was state of the art back then: a YAMAHA PSR-SQ16. So it was  possible to arrange my very own early creations with the built in sequencer. Unfortunately, my  grandfather passed away in December 2006 and he will never experience my "breakthrough". This is  why I will never give up this goal and continue to work properly on reaching it.  At the age of 16, I joined a band as their keyboard player ("HTTB://") and gained my first real  experience as a musician on stage. Two years later I began writing my own songs and texts. Around  this time I also began to sing. With 19 I broke up with the band. Until present day, I have composed  over 100 songs and recorded most of them as demos. The songs range from 80’s Pop, Rock, Rap to  Dance and other styles. My spectrum of styles is extensive. Most of all I personally like romantic ballads  and similar.  First highlights of my musical work were my appearance at the AZ-Fun Festival 1998 at the Karlsruhe  Festplatz in front of more than 2,500 spectators, the subsequent invitation to SkyRadio on the Baden  Airpark terrain, my invitation to Radio Big FM in 2000 and other stations during the years. At the AZ-Fun  Festival I called myself Joe Castello. That was the last time that I went by the name of Joe Castello.  Then I called myself Marc JAY until around 2003.   In between, I taught myself to strum guitar and to play some drums. The “drum thing” does not work  properly during live performances, because I lack the "rhythmic perseverance" for an entire song. So I  only do this for some recordings in my home studio. I also play a bit Bassguitar, Ukulele and  Saxophone. I see myself as a multiinstrumentalist. Musical instruments are fascinating!  After I was represented as singer in the Karlsruhe Karaoke scene, in which I also hosted occasional  competitions, I joined various Showgroups ("Happy Voice Show", "Every Sing") at the end of 2003.  There I performed sections of GREASE, BLUES BROTHERS, TOM JONES and several other classics.  I also hosted some of the events.   More and more different people came to me and asked me to compose and record a song for them.  Some of them used me shamelessly and others became good friends. Unfortunately, one guy drove it  so far to go to a public talent show on TV and used one of my titles in his name. Since then I have  become more cautious.  Everything went okay, but I missed the time with the band. The music from CD got on my nerves and I  looked around for an opportunity, which I got in 2005 and joined the band "KARLSGROOVE". But  somehow they did not really treat me as a real member. In 2006 I became aware of another group and  so I switched to the Coverband "SISTERS -The Band". There I sang about three years until I we parted  in 2009.  With the Dance Company "DANCE CHARISMA" (from Pirmasens) in their new division in Karlsruhe, I  was integrated for almost one year as a musical performer. Since September 2010 the divison in  Karlsruhe goes by the name STAGE CHARISMA. I composed and recorded the homonymous song for  them. They present medleys and higlights from musicals such as GREASE, MAMMA MIA!, DANCE OF  THE VAMPIRES or PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. We premiered in June 2010. It was an excellent  show, which was well received by the audience and the local press.   In November 2012, I was represented as one of the 8 finalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland  at the 3rd BOSS Loopstation World Championship (LSWC) in Frankfurt. Unfortunately, I only made it to  the last place. But considering the fact that I just had bought the RC-300 Loopstation only 2 months  earlier, and was selected as a finalist even though, it was pretty cool. Moreover, it has made lots of fun  and I got great people to meet. Sometimes I like it to join attractive music projects as a guest singer.   Currently I am rather increased going solo and work alongside the job on my music.  My tracks are produced with Cubase and FL Studio.  The whole production from writing over production  (even music videos) and publishing is done by myself. But I reach out to work with a matchable  producerteam / management to get more professional.  I still want to get heard and going to make it someday, so that I can finally live from the music and my  other arts only. Check out my songs and music videos! Maybe you’ll like them.