INTERVIEW: Ottawa Pop Artist Andrew Cassara

Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad Bad”?

“Bad Bad” is probably my favorite song off this album. It just makes me really want to dance!! I pulled from all my musical inspirations and did my best to make sure that the song really reflects music that I love in this moment. It’s the first single release off the album so I feel as if it’s the perfect introduction to a new chapter in my music career.

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

There isn’t a particular event that inspired me to write this song, actually, the lyrics are based off a story that I wanted to tell. I pictured the story with a disco flavored theme, almost as if we went back in time to the 70’s disco clubs. It’s about forbidden love and the intensity of the emotions that you feel when you meet someone for the first time as you dance the night away! I love songs that take you down the path of a good story. It makes music immersive and that’s something that I strive for these days with my songwriting.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We are currently working on a music video for the song. I can’t give any further details on when it will be available online, but it is in the works!

How was the recording and writing process?

When we wrote “Bad Bad”, I really got the chance to integrate all the ideas I was having into the song. It was really special because all the different vibes fit seamlessly, almost as if it was just meant to be. I sat next to my producer the whole time as we recorded, tracked, and mixed the song so I feel really connected with the track. The song started with a simple bass line and some percussion. That’s a signature part of the songwriting that I think makes the songs on the album different, but able to fit together sonically. The bass is really important on this one, it drives the groove, and it’s the skeleton of the song that really makes it come to life. It was important for me to write the lyrics and melody around it so they could connect together. I sat down in the studio alone one night and I just listened to the bass line over and over and I would sing whatever came to mind. That’s when I came up with the line “Dance Dance Dance”. Although it’s really simple, it really drives the theme of the song home. I was so excited that night, I was running around frantically and sending voice notes of the melody to my manager and band members. It felt like a breakthrough to me and I still get overly excited to this day.

What role does Ottawa play in your music?

I’m an Ottawa boy. Always have been and always will be. I grew up and spent all my life in Ottawa, so I feel really connected with the city and the community. For the past years, Ottawa has been developing as an emerging music hub in Canada and I’m really happy to see all the efforts being put in place by the city to support musicians. I’m proud to see all the great talent coming out of the city. A lot of great people and musicians are coming together to help each other and grow collectively, and that’s something really inspiring. Over the years, as I’ve been working on new music, I’ve been very adamant about supporting my community. I always make an effort to perform in support of charity events to raise funds, bring awareness, and help out the community. As time passes it’s something that will remain close to my heart that I will keep doing.

How has your time getting to meet different cultures influenced your work as a whole?

The cultures that I’ve been introduced to over the past few years have had an incredible influence on my music and also me personally. Another passion that I have is travelling and the cultures that you get to learn about from doing so. In the past 2 years, I’ve been to Sweden, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and the United States. Visiting all these places really opened my eyes to the fact that the world is a big place, but also very small. There are so many different aspects to all these cultures that make the communities unique, but similar at the same time. At the end of the day, we are all humans living together on the same planet. Seeing all of this is very inspiring to me and listening to the sounds from these different countries shows that music is a universal language that brings us all together. In the future I really want to collaborate with some artists across the globe in different cultures, so that we can create a bridge and have fans discover new styles of music to enjoy.

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

With my debut album “Freak on Repeat”, I went on a mission to be as honest as I can be with the sounds, the melodies and the lyrics. I wanted to give an insight in terms of who I am, the music that I enjoy, and my passion for storytelling through the songs. I like to write about various experiences in my life and I also like to write scenarios and make the characters and their voices come to life through the music. Another thing that I like to do with the songs is create a moment within them that’s specifically made to encourage participation during live performances. This gives the fans an opportunity to play their own part of the show so that we can all enjoy the moment together. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from my Idols who inspired me to create my own story and be the person that I’ve grown up to be. Through the process, I discovered a love for Disco & Funk music and the culture that surrounds it. It really resonates with me, and this inspiration led me to fuse Pop with flavors of Disco and Funk, and overtones of Rock so that many people could relate to the several styles of music we’ve fused together. To me, it’s groove-pop; it makes you move and gets you off your feet. Makes you feel something. It’s nothing revolutionary, it’s just a good feeling that I want to inspire in people, especially in these trying times. All I want is for people to let loose, to smile, and to enjoy themselves. I intend to accomplish this with my music.

Any plans to hit the road?

Of course. It’s one of best parts of doing all of this!!  As of right now, if all goes to plan, we are heading back to Asia (Japan and South Korea to start) at the end of 2020. We had plans to visit Europe (The U.K. and Germany), but with the current health concerns, those plans are moving to the back half of the year.

What else is happening next in Andrew Cassara’s world?

In the next little while, we’re going to be working really hard to create some visuals for the singles from the album to bring some of the songs to life. Then, when things go back to normal, we’ll head out on the road to perform the songs and meet the fans. Knowing myself and my team, we’ll be in the studio working on the next album, sooner rather than later. I love my life

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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