Hi Cassandra, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Good to be back, thanks for having me! I’ve been hanging in…2020 sure has thrown some curveballs but I’m enjoying the challenge of the new game, and feel really lucky to be healthy, creative, safe, and still feeling connected to music.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stardust”?
Yes absolutely. Stardust is about our innate power, and how powerful we can be when we remember how connected we all are (even back to a cosmic level). It’s an invitation to remember that our love can heal, our love can create, and to remember that we can choose to live our lives from that love and connection.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was in Maui, Hawaii looking up at a huge sparkling sky of stars, and my husband said “Isn’t that crazy that that’s all we are? (meaning, stardust- the remnants of exploded stars from billions of years ago). My husband is a scientist J The idea of it really stuck with me. I felt like it was something I personally needed to hear, and maybe other people would benefit from the reminder too.
Any plans to release any sort of music video for the track?
Yep, I shot a music video in Boulder, CO that we are planning to release in Fall (as early as Sept). The whole thing is outdoors and brings in a lot of powerful nature imagery, like the elements (water, fire, wind), lots of movement, and the “magic woodsy people”, as I’m calling them… a cast of very mystical and cool characters.
How was the recording and writing process?
Fun. I wrote Stardust on the plane back from Hawaii. I produced it in Manhattan with Chris Sclafani, and my friend and often production partner Tony Daniels helping fine tune the music, record drums, bass, guitars, pianos. We played with so many tempo tweaks, piano tweaks, intros…I really wanted this one to feel perfect in the groove.
What role does Saratoga Springs play in your music?
I fell in love with SS 8 years ago when I started dating my now-husband. We were doing the long distance weekend warrior thing (me in NYC, him in Saratoga) and I got to discover this charming, bustling, artistic, delicious, spa-like city. Saratoga is a place I found balance, rejuvenation, a deep sense of listening, and where I reconnected with a lot of what I missed from my childhood. Biking, hiking, getting out on the lakes and creeks in a boat…all of that played into giving me more focus, freedom, and vigor to write, record, and work on my music, especially when I returned to NYC each week. I’ve been quarantining at my SS house since March, so now, Saratoga is not only my home, but the Grand Central of my music life and business too. I work from home, perform concerts from my studio office, my driveway, my yoga room… it’s been challenging as it has for all artists to adapt to distancing when it comes to creating and collaborating, but I couldn’t ask for a more supportive home or town in which to do it.
How has our current times with quarantines influenced your writing?
At first, I wanted to write songs that I felt like people needed to hear. I was seeing so much fear, anger, loss, sadness, and confusion at the start of quarantine, and I wrote a couple songs, one funny (Stuck With You- find it on my Youtube) and one serious (Send My Love, which I hope to record with some great producers I work with in Romania). As quarantine progressed, I found myself exploring some life questions, reflecting, doing more inner work on what I desire and what’s stopping me from having it. That exploration has led to a lot of writing, but nothing has coalesced into a song yet. I think there will be some very real stuff coming soon, as the muse puts these thoughts together and sets them to music with me.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely. First up is a sweet remix of Stardust by yoga DJ Taz Rashid. Very chill house, very uplifting, and designed with yoga teachers and students in mind, to add to your “chill” and “yoga/nature inspired” playlists and flows. That’s out Aug 21.
After that, I have a few collaborations in the works, recordings, music videos, live online things I can’t mention yet who I’m working with, but I’m excited about it.
And yes, more singles and music vids to come, so stay with us! Best place to connect is just to follow on your fave music service, Youtube, and socials (I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter).
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Music videos will definitely be coming in August, Sept, and possibly Oct too!
Any plans to hit the road?
Nothing yet. I’ve played a lot online, from my Facebook Page, and done IG Live shows with other artists on Insta. I’m open to performing back out “on the road” as spaces open up. I miss the human to human interaction and the sizzle of the energy between audience and performer that is only possible in real live performances. We miss our fans!
What else is happening next in Cassandra Kubinski’s world?
More good creativity…noodling on the piano to find something cool, dance parties in my living room, making homemade ice cream (I’ve gotten into that since quarantine.) New collaborations with artists I admire. Helping people feel better, and more connected, through music. And really looking forward to live shows, rooftop cocktails at hangouts with friends, singing in groups again. I miss being close to people.
Listen to and Follow Stardust. https://www.cassandrakubinski.com/stardust
Link for people to Pre-Save Stardust (DJ Taz Rashid Remix)
Connect with Cassandra:
Facebook and Instagram @cassandrakubinski
Youtube: Cassandra Kubinski