Rob ShanahanEmilio Castillo, co-founder of funk icons Tower of Power, is like millions across the world: home in quarantine and practicing social distancing from his family due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, the tenor saxophonist tells ABC Audio he’s been using this time at home to reach out to his family and do things he never did before.
Between calls to his grandchildren on WhatsApp, Castillo said he’s been watching Netflix shows, dabbling in some creative cooking and “doing all the things I never did before.”
He goes on to explain, “And, you know what? Enjoying it because even in these struggles we can get through.”
The new single also marks the group’s first music video in 30 years.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Tower of Power’s debut album, East Bay Grease. The band’s work has been sampled by De La Soul, Arrested Development, and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince Will Smith, and Fergie‘s “London Bridge” in 2006.
The group celebrated its 50th-anniversary with 2018’s critically acclaimed Soul Side of Town.
Castillo says the group looks forward to getting back on stage, playing more concerts and being able to party once things are back to normal.
“I hope you’re all doing well that you’re safe and protected and watching out for your families,” he encouraged. “You know that this is going to come to an end. God will get us through.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
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