Since Daniel is now a member of The No Comply Network, we hit up him to talk about Couch Surf Co, Daewon, World, Girl and Chocolate, Spike Jonze, Keenan Milton, Frontside 360’s and his best tricks and favourite skate moments of all-time.
What’s your full name?
Daniel B. Castillo.
Where did you grow up and learn to skate?
I learned how to skate in Mar Vista California which is near West Los Angeles & Venice Beach.
I still live there to this day.
You skated for World and had a part in Love Child. What do you remember from those days?
Skating for World?
Those days were so fun.
No worries at all back then. Just skating and go to school.
No real responsibilities. They were goodtimes.
In the 90s you made the switch from World to Chocolate. Did you think Girl would grow so big?
At the time I knew that we would be a successful brand.
Just from knowing all the skaters on the team I felt we had something really good going.
Favourite Girl/Chocolate video ever?
My favourite skate video is Mouse because at the time, as a team, we were a really tight group.
We skated with each other all the time, so that’s why you see a lot of the same spots in that video.
In that era we would roll deep to skate spots!
Favourite skater on Chocolate?
Probably me just because…Hahaha!
How did you meet Spike Jonze?
I actually met Spike before I got on Chocolate.
He was still involved with World Industries when I got on.
The first tour I ever been on was with World and he was on that trip.
Most of that trip was shown in the Love Child Video.
Then when Chocolate started Spike was already doing music videos and some movies too at the time.
Man that dude is like a grown-up kid.
What’s Spike like to hang with?
Spike likes to have fun.
Most of the time we would film with him we wouldn’t have permits to film at the spot but he would light shit on fire!