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Judge for Friday Nights

North Hollywood, CA
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Portrait of Friday Nights
Friday Nights is a collaboration between singer/songwriter Mike Castillo and musician/songwriter/producer Shon Kornfeld.

Castillo sharpened his songwriting skills by performing solo acoustic sets at such Los Angeles landmarks as the Venice Beach Boardwalk and 3rd Street Promenade. He has also played with LA acts St. Dickshift and If You See Kate.

Kornfeld, who's primary instrument is guitar, has written, produced, recorded and self-released CDs from his bands Helen 55 and Fontaine. He has toured nationally with the Bulletboys, a brief stint with LA punk band Stanford Prison Experiment, and continues to record and produce local artists.

The 2 first met in 1998 when Castillo approached Kornfeld after a Helen 55 show. Castillo would later roadie for the band while learning all their songs on guitar. He started a band that would eventually open for Helen 55, and Kornfeld saw the talent, encouraging him to keep writing songs.

Several years later, Kornfeld ran into Castillo performing acoustic at the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. He asked him to play his "best song", which Kornfeld liked and later agreed to record at his home studio, Moai Sounds. They recorded 4 songs before deciding to combine their recent material and release a complete album.

Their self-titled debut album was mixed by Ken Andrews (Failure, Year of the Rabbit) and released in January 2009. The band is currently recording the next album, "Saturday Mourning" scheduled for a late summer 2011 release.