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INTERVIEW: Casscade

Hi Casscade, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been good you know… blessed actually. Through all the hard work, I’m really getting to see everything flourish around me and my Too Rare To Die compadre’s and it’s a wonderful feeling. It’s just at this point I can’t afford to have my work rate deteriorate so I’m constantly having to stay focused but I love staying busy so it’s all good.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mood Rings”?

I’m a strong believer of energies. Like, I believe that whatever energy or vibrations your giving off it’ll create a domino effect to the people around you so for e.g if the crowds hype, it’s only going to fuel the energy of a performer to put on a better show and vice versa if the performers pretty hype, the crowd can feed off that and reciprocate back. Mood rings just happened to be designed for that energy boost so regardless of what end the energies coming from, you can be sure it’ll be generated and spark that domino effect somewhere. 

I also see energy and music as colours. Every colour depicts a mood the same way every song does. In “mood rings” case, you could say it’s a code red thing! haha. But yeah… I remember growing up and seeing actual mood rings and thinking they were cool because they apparently changed colour depending on temperature and mood of the user so I thought It’d be a really dope metaphor/visual concept.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Besides the energy in the song, this track is more or less a braggadocious rant about people who doubted my ability; that I’m just as good if not better than their favourites. It’s just a dose of self-confidence to inject yourself with and get lost in the moment. The hook captures this with the lyrics “Man wanna talk about man like say I don’t do my ting, they be pointing fingers like yo ‘Who likes him’ “. A lot of time when coming up people want to compare or sometimes simply put something down because they haven’t seen it flourish yet despite your hard work but this is just a standpoint for anyone facing those kind of judgements to remind them they’re good – they’re wavy!

How was the recording and writing process?

Whenever I write I usually let my mood and the beat dictate exactly where I’m going. The only thing is… It’s usually got to click with me the first couple of times I get round to hearing it. I was going through some sounds that a producer called Penacho had and once I got to that one I was intrigued by the intro, once the beat dropped, the rest was history. The first thing I had was the hook and I think that was within the first 20 minutes and because I had a house set up to record at the time, I recorded the hook there and then, mixed it and I was like yeah, this is it!

Once I got to writing the verse and I had the line “Mood rings all change colours” I knew exactly what to call the track and why. It’s like it all flowed together.

What role does North West London plays on your writing?

North west London plays a big role in my writing. It’s where I was born and raised. Everything I know and grew up on all came from my surroundings and I feel its very important to know your roots. Where I’m from in particular is a place called Stonebridge and I just feel there’s a certain vibe about people where I’m from. Even the way we speak, the lingo’s are common in London but there are ways we use it where it’s just unique to us. You could ask anybody from up these sides, Stonebridge is legendary! haha. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yeah, so Mood Rings was a single taken from my project ‘Living In The Moment’ that’s out now. You can catch that on my Soundcloud or Bandcamp sites at the moment, the singles off the project will be in all digital stores very soon. So far the feedback from the project has been overwhelming. I strived to have a project that didn’t have tracks that sounded the same as each other but sonically sounded cohesive. Sometimes I feel it could prove to be difficult simply because people tend to like different things from me because I’m so diverse. I’ll be that guy with the crazy metaphors and flows that’ll also be giving a simple statement with vibes that’ll also be serenading ear drums with some vocal tone and good word choice haha but yeah the people that have heard love it as a body of work so I’m happy about that.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There’s a track on the project called “In The Moment” where in the hook I actually say “Are we living in the moment, or are we living for tomorrow”. I always planned to do a sequel to this body of work titled “Living For Tomorrow”. In the moment was actually the first track I had recorded for the project and the vibe of that song pretty much depicted where I was at mentally and where I should be going with the project.

The sequel I feel will have more of introspective feel where I’ll probably touch on a little bit more subject matter but don’t worry… I still have a couple bangers on there. You should potentially see it by the end of the year. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Well, I’ve got a couple of shows lined up but no plans to hit the road as of yet. At the moment, I’m just trying to rack up these motion videos with my main director J Mornix and keep the quality product consistent. 

What else is happening next in Casscade’s world?

So besides work commencing on the new project soon, more shows and visuals pending, my team Too Rare To Die which consists of 4 other artists called Stash, L Martin, Monroe Joe & Maine are all working on new music. You should be seeing L Martin’s mixtape in July and Stash already dropped a project titled “Shine”. It’s exciting times for the team and you’ll be hearing a lot more collaborations from all of us shortly alongside some really dope merchandise.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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