Caloncho and his path to the Latin Grammy nomination: success, reality, decline and return

When Oscar Alfonso Castro was studying international relations, a doubt began to appear more and more in his mind, if he was really doing what he was passionate about, “Could it be that I am a musician?”, he asked himself in front of the mirror.

It was then that he decided to venture into music, always inspired by what it made him feel; From then on, Oscar began his stage as Caloncho.

“I made the songs that I would like to hear, it is something egocentric because it is a circle fed by yourself, but it also inspires me to get to know myself as a person, and as a creative entity,” shares Caloncho, in an interview for EL UNIVERSAL.

From his early years as a musician, his first EPs and albums, Caloncho began to have an unexpected reception, fame began to confuse him.

“Symptoms of excess attention, awards, award nominations, invitations to parties to collaborations with other artists, began to arrive, but in the end you see how time passes, and all the work that implies keeping up with that rhythm,” he shares.

That resounding rise from composing for himself, to beginning to have nominations for awards such as the Latin Grammy in 2014, the singer-songwriter from Ciudad Obregón attributes it to the ingenuity he had in his beginnings, but also to the moment he lived the music industry.

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“It always happens that this naivety means that you are being very honest and genuine with your trip, and whenever the origin of creativity is like this, people connect, if you are looking for something beyond, it may work but it would not necessarily connect, maybe it is a little romantic but I feel that honesty always works”, expresses the man from Sonora.

“The first album came at the right time that’s how things happen, the way music was produced was in a transition, and I came with a fresh message, relaxed with something of everyday life, which made it very well received”, add.

luck and reality

But just as he had a stroke of luck, also a stroke of reality, because he realized that to remain in that status, he had to make more effort than in the beginning.

“You constantly have to be improving, learning to be a better composer, a better frontman, a better administrator, a better businessman, a better person in the end, and you value that again,” says Caloncho.

Today that performance has borne fruit, and after eight years of that first Latin Grammy nomination, he managed to get the second, this time in the category for best singer-songwriter.

“This helped me understand the processes, the curves in which any project can be found, attention is ephemeral, bad moments are as common as good moments… It was eight years in which I was composing and composing and doing, and It did not happen, so for me to receive this again is a great achievement”, shares the interpreter of “Palmar” emotionally.

The funny thing is, that it was in one of the most complicated moments of his personal life, the Covid-19 pandemic, where “Marshmallow” was born, which earned him the nomination.

“It was the first time that I composed completely alone, at home, from a more introspective trench, much more raw and real, with themes that were not always comfortable, and that motivates me because it is a part of me, a part of the project, not always we are above, sometimes we look from below and that is where we value being full”, he shares.

But today Caloncho creates “Buen Pez”, as a symbol of a reopening, and the return to contact and human warmth.

“It’s about welcoming him, and opening up to collaboration, and when leaving home, being able to go to the beach and be with friends, that’s what ‘Good Fish’ is all about, concluded Caloncho who, as part of that celebration, will perform on November 24 at the Metropolitan Theater from Mexico City, after a tour of Spain.


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Caloncho and his path to the Latin Grammy nomination: success, reality, decline and return