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INTERVIEW: LA Artist Cassie Boettcher

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

Hey! I’m currently enjoying a glass of wine so I’m doing great! And you?!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “He Feels”?

He Feels is an old song that I never thought would see the light of day! I wrote it before I moved to LA and during the recording process, the producer on this track, Mark McKee, listened to it and suggested we cut this one instead of a different one I was thinking about. I’m so glad we did. Mark plays piano on it too, which is my favorite part of the song.

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

Nothing particular, just the back and forths of a relationship that could’ve been and the frustrations that go along with it. I was into this guy at the time and could tell he was into me, but he wouldn’t admit it. It was a long process. So I wrote about it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! I’ve got a team of some amazing friends and we’re currently working on a video! I’m super excited, but honestly more excited to make things with my friends. Everyone knows that I’m horribly awkward behind a camera, so having a good friend direct it (and probably make fun of me the whole time) is going to be fun.

The single comes off your new album More Than That– what’s the story behind the title?

As I was trying to come up with a title to encapsulate the album, I was reviewing the songs and the meanings of them and was thinking about how how vulnerable it feels to put songs out into the world. But then I was like well… I’m a storyteller and a creative. This is what we do. These songs and experiences don’t define me; they make up a part of who I am. And I’m so much more than that. Boom.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was lengthy! This is my first release since 2012, so I’ve been sitting on a huge pile of songs. These were recorded in a span of about 6 months. I travel a lot so we’d squeeze in a session here and there when possible. Recording songs one at a time just made me anxious to finish up the rest and put it all together!

What was it like to work with Gene Micofsky, Wayne Miller and Mark McKee? How did those relationships develop?

I met Wayne through a songwriting group here in Los Angeles. He’s a ridiculously amazing producer and getting to be in the studio with him was super fun. I played hooky from my day job the day we recorded it and it was so much fun.

Interestingly enough, I met Mark and Gene off a networking app. I know! Technology. They had sent me over some of their tunes, we met in person to make sure that neither of us were serial killers, and I had separate sessions with both of them. I loved both of their vibes and they knew exactly the goal I was aiming at with these songs. So, thank you technology!

How much did they get to influence the album?

The reason that I chose to work with these awesome producers is because I trust them! I wanted their creative and musical inputs on the record. Their opinions matter just as much (if not more) than mine. Partially because I’m technologically challenged; but mostly since I know these songs so well and I’m so protective of them that I need an extra set of ears to come in, see what the song needs, and help make that happen.

How have Kacey Musgraves and Alison Krauss has influence your writing?

I don’t consider myself a country artist, but I love country songwriting. These two are my some of favorites. Kacey is killing it in every aspect and Alison Krauss is a legend. My favorite thing about both of these women is their voices. Both of them know how to write and sing songs for their voices. And as a fellow woman with a soft singing voice, I look up to this so much. They know exactly how to play to their strengths!

What role does LA play in your music?

In the liner notes of the physical copy of the album, I included a thank you to Los Angeles for inspiring me. That’s a little weird now that I think about it… but I love LA. I think we all have our own little “places,” and LA is my place. It’s inspiring and scary and intimidating to be surrounded by SO many musicians and creative people here. But everyday I wake up being so thankful to live here. It’s almost been 5 years and it’s still surreal.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everyday life… but mostly relationships with guys that didn’t work out. I find a lot of inspiration in the “what could’ve been” of it all, which inspires a lot of my writing in general and especially on this record. I love sad songs with feelings and I felt compelled to share those.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully! I have a few shows in LA including a March 15 record release show at the Hotel Cafe. I just did a mini-Canada tour with my friend Rigby Summer, which was a blast. My friend Jeff Brown and I have been wanting to tour Europe and my friend Sadie Hart and I are also scheming for a west coast tour this spring. I also study Japanese and it’s my dream to tour Japan. Basically I love traveling and being on the road so the short answer to this is yes.

What else is happening next in Cassie Boettcher’s world?

Right now she needs another glass of wine!

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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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