Photo Credit – Sierra Ehlert at Nektar Productions
Hey Cassie!! You just released your new album and it has gotten an amazing reaction from your supporters. What has been your reaction to all the success the album has gotten?
Thank you so much! It’s been exciting finally having it out in there in the world and hearing what other people think and how they relate to the songs. That’s my favorite part. Everyone has different opinions and reasons why they like a song and I love that.
How did the idea for this album come about?
The concept came up after the writing and recording was done. I was trying to think of an overarching theme of the album and what the songs say. It’s scary to be putting yourself out there by sharing real songs and stories of things that have happened. But they don’t define me, they just make up a part of me as a person. And I’m so much more than that.
Any fun moments while creating the album?
So many! I worked with a few different producers and musicians which made it such an awesome experience. We laughed the most recording “Song For Lucas” though. For sure. Towards the end there’s a speak-singing bridge kinda thing and the lyrics are super specific and stalker-ish. Gene Micofsky had the idea to add harmonies and we both started cracking up the first time I tested it out. Because the melody is sweet and slow and then there’s a lyric referring to Snapchat.
What’s the process of writing one of your songs?
Usually I’ll come up with a line or two and go from there. Often times I’ll come up with ideas when I’m doing mundane boring tasks like folding my laundry or taking out the trash. Then I’ll sit down with the idea and my guitar and work through it. Some songs write themselves. Others take a while. I’ve always disliked writing second verses! I always get stuck!
What does it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
It’s terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I’m happy to have an outlet to express my emotions, but even more, I’m so thankful that people choose to listen.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
You can be a bright, bubbly person who writes sad songs. I got feelings, man. And I’m gonna talk (well, sing) about them. Even though I usually talk about happy things, I talk about sad things too. Because I have emotions and feelings and want to share them. If we all don’t share how we feel, will the world become a better place?
How do you want your relationship to be with your supporters?
Like we’re bffs! They’re listening to songs about (mostly) my life (sorry, it’s not very exciting) so I want to hear their stories and get to know them (so I can steal said stories for songs!…kidding)! I’m not going to give fashion advice though. That’s not a strength.
Does your fanbase have a name?
Now that you say that, no! Open to suggestions!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
All my favorite artists – Jason Reeves, Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles – started in LA. They played songwriter nights at this placed called Hotel Cafe. I wanted to go to LA and do what they did. And now I’ve been here almost for five years. I had my recent record release show at the Hotel Cafe and have been writing songs and playing music with friends and professional musicians here. LA was my biggest dream and everyday I wake up thankful that I get to be a creative person following my dreams. In my personal life… finding a nice man would be nice.
How has this whole music career experience been?
So much fun. Such a crazy random rollercoaster ride but it’s such a blast. Holding the physical copy of this album in my hands for the first time has probably been one of my favorite moments ever. It was kinda surreal.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Do your thing. Do multiple things. Read more books. Every once in a while, get wine drunk on a week night, just for the heck of it. Take time away from your phone and technology. If it’s not a firm yes it’s a no. Don’t rush yourself.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us.