Indie Artist Interview: German Pop Artist CassMae!

Welcome to another edition of Le Café Music Blog’s Indie Artist Interview Series. Today, we will be joined by multi-lingual, 18-year-old German pop artist, CassMae!

Cassie’s story is as incredible as her voice and I am so happy she is here to share it with us today. Let’s get right to it.

Introduction

Ryan: Welcome, Cassie! Thanks for joining us today. How about a little intro for our readers?

CassMae: Hey everybody, I’m CassMae. I’m 18 and I sing and write songs here in Duisburg, Germany. Since I”m really into the Indian culture with its music and food, I integrate this spirit in my songs.

Duisburg Tiger & Turtle

Born Blind: CassMae’s Musial Journey

Ryan: I think it’s amazing how you have incorporated Indian culture into your music. The sound you create is unlike anything else I’ve ever heard. When I watched your video for My Inner Peace, I was really intrigued, so I did a little research and read that you were born blind. Can you tell us a bit about your journey in music?

CassMae: When I was three years old, I had already destroyed my feet by constantly “drumming” them on the ground, so my parents found me a Djembé teacher. At the same time I got really obsessed with Chopin, so naturally, it didn’t take me too long to also learn the piano. I wrote my first song for my dad (in German) when I was six, started writing in English when I was ten. Eventually, I applied for a scholarship to the 5-Week-Performance-Program at Berklee where for the first time I got in touch with Indian music. Returning to Germany I started googling for Indian songs and entered an Indian music school for learning Tabla. From there I knew I wanted to mix sounds from the East and West.

मुझे आपकी जरूरत नहीं है
That means I don’t need you

Indian Culture and Her Music

Ryan: What is it about Indian culture that fascinates you?

CassMae: India fascinates me due to the variety of languages and religions. Their approach to music as something very divine, and of course I fell in love with the food.

Ryan: The food is incredible. Mutton Rogan Josh is so good. Have you ever been to India?

CassMae: No, never been to India but it’s definately top on my bucket list. I already started planning my stay there with an organization, but naturally, this is on hold now.

Ryan: I hope you are able to safely go soon. I miss traveling. So you sing in English, German, and Hindi. How many languages to you speak?

CassMae: German is my mother tongue. My mom was partially raised in Acton, Massachusetts, so I spoke English very early. In school, I took French and Spanish, which I speak fairly fluently. Of course, I now learn and speak Hindi, and I’m very interested also in Bengali, Tamil, Hebrew and Sanskrit.

Ryan: Wow. I’m lucky if I can ask where the bathroom is in more than 4 languages.

Release and Influences

Ryan: Tell us about your latest release and your upcoming project.

CassMae: On my very first album PAST LIFE which was released in November 2020, I combined my pop music with Indian, African, and Japanese sounds. All songs are very personal and have a rather melancholic vibe. I’m now writing new originals for an EP collaborating with Golow, who produced my debut album and is working very internationally.

Ryan: PAST LIFE is a beautiful album. So unique and refreshing. Who are your biggest musical influences?

CassMae: It has changed a lot over time. I really admired Ed Sheeran for his songwriting when I was younger. I love singers like Adele, Birdy, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Aaliyah. They are now joined by great Indian artists such as Lata Mangeshkar, Shreya Goshal, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, and many more; A.R. Rahman is a great composer.

Life Outside of Music

Ryan: What do you like to do when you’re not making music?

CassMae: I talk a lot to friends. I meditate, read books and write poems. Whenever I can, I try to improve on languages, not really into sports but a little yoga.

Ryan: I need to find time to improve my French. It’s so hard to learn a language when you get old like me. haha. If music wasn’t an option for you, what would you do?

CassMae: I would probably train to become a therapist, glad I can do this with my music as well.

Ryan: Music therapy is a great option for you. I bet you were an interesting kid. What were you like when you were younger?

CassMae: I was pretty weird, having my own kind of language and a couple of imaginary friends. For some time I insisted people call me Chopin and sing everywhere I would go, would climb up every stage there was, and wouldn’t stop performing.

Ryan: Ha! Okay, Chopin. That’s hilarious. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

CassMae: I always call myself a “chicken-vegetarian,” since I can’t let go of butter chicken. So if there’s ever a great alternative I’ll give up meat altogether, but I doubt it can ever be replaced.

Ryan: How did I know it was going to be an Indian dish? Butter Chicken is delicious. If you were an animal, what would you be?

CassMae: Snake.

Ryan: My wife would be terrified of you. haha

Back to Reality

Ryan: How are you staying connected to your fans during COVID?

CassMae: I practically live on Instagram at the moment, trying to be creative in entertaining and reaching more people.

Ryan: That’s great. Instagram is a great tool to stay connected. If you could perform in any city in the world today, where you go?

CassMae: I would love to play in Mumbai, since it’s the city of Bollywood, but would also be glad to perform in any other huge city in India.

Ryan: That would be an amazing opportunity. I hope you get to perform there someday.

Conclusion

Ryan: What’s next for CassMae?

CassMae: I will hopefully be able to do a planned filming of a jam session in a very special location in May, finish the EP and shoot music videos, and be able to play the gigs that are already planned.

Ryan: One more question before I let you go. Do you have anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

CassMae: Give some Indian music and butter chicken a try and never lose hope. Thanks for this loverly interview, Ryan.

Ryan: No, thank YOU for the loverly interview, Cassie! You’re welcome to come back any time!

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It’s almost the weekend! See ya tomorrow for New Music Friday!

9 New Single Releases (1/21/21- 1/22/21)

Happy Friday, music fans. We’ve got 9 new releases to talk about, so get your coffee and your headphones ready…it’s an interesting mix. Let’s get to it!


Billie Eilish & Rosalía – Lo Vas A Olvidar

Billie Eilish en español? Si. This long-awaited collaboration is finally here, and I’m kind of digging it. Lo Vas A Olvidar translates to “Will you let it go.” The Billie and Rosalía superfans likely won’t let this one go anytime soon (see what I did there?) The song is set to be featured in an upcoming episode of the HBO series Euphoria. I’ve never seen the show, but if you watch it…listen for this tune. The song is hauntingly beautiful and their voices blend perfectly together. Billie’s Spanish is surprisingly spot-on, too. The ladies actually had a bit of help from Billie’s family with the final line:

Love cannot be measured in a steady step
One day I’m a god and the next I can break
You say it to me like it’s something I have any choice in
If I wasn’t important, then why would you waste all your poison?

This will be one for the Breakup playlists, for sure.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

What the f*** is up with their fingernails?

Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Amorphous – Sunshine (The Light)

Not gonna lie…I did not have high expectations for this one. But the story of how this track was created is great, and the song is kind of catchy.

Amorphous is the real story here. The 22-year-old DJ, Jamir Reece Davis went viral as the MC Hammer appointed “Thanksgiving DJ” with his mashup of Rihanna’s Kiss It Better, and the Luther Vandross classic Never Too Much. The mashup got picked up for Fat Joe’s newest track, and Davis got official clearance from Rhianna to use her vocals in the track. Crazy how things can turn around so fast when you put yourself out there for the world to see.

In much stranger news: Fat Joe and DJ Khaled started a joint OnlyFans profile. For only $20 a month, you can see whatever the hell that’s all about.

This track is a vibe, for sure. Makes me want to buy a silk shirt and some Cuban cigars.

Let’s get to it…but look out for the horrible acting at the beginning of the video…


Lil Huddy – 21st Century Vampire

I don’t have much to say about this one. This was the first thing I said out lout after I listened to the song:

If you like it, that’s fine. I’ll only judge you a little.


Jason Derulo – Lifestyle (featuring Adam Levine)

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one either. It’s your basic, somewhat catchy commercial pop song that will be played to death by top 40 radio stations across the country. I will say this, though…Jason Derulo is a goddamn entertainer, which is refreshing to see.


Lil Wayne – Ain’t Got Time

This one cracks me all the way up. Just two days after Trump pardoned Wayne for his crimes, he releases a song that seemingly references those exact crimes.

Full of vanilla, flyin’ over chocolate mountains
I stare at the Pacific while I’m smokin’ on a kilometer
The feds, they hot on us, one hundred on the thermometer
They raided my private plane, I went got one that’s more privater

When police searched Lil Wayne’s private plane back in December 2019, they found him to be carrying a gun and bullets. He was facing up to 10 years in prison until he was pardoned.

This track is a banger, though…despite the hilarity of the timing of its release. Check it out and let me know what you think.


Silk City – New Love (Featuring Ellie Goulding)

Welcome back, Silk City. The Diplo and Mark Ronson duo bang out a new club anthem with Ellie Goulding. This is Silk City’s first release since 2018 when they teamed up with Dua Lipa on Electricity. It’s a shame clubs aren’t open. We’ll have to wait until this virus goes away. In the meantime, put your headphones on and flick the lights on and off. Close enough, right?

Can you spot Diplo and Ronson in the video?


Busta Rhymes – Czar (Remix) featuring CJ and M.O.P.

Yes, THAT Busta Rhymes. It must be 90’s rapper week. Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God is Busta’s first album in 11 years. Busta fortifies his status amongst hip-hop royalty in this record.

So far, shawties throw they bra
And I need the lighter to light the perfect cigar
Brand new jet (Jet), brand new car (Car)
Leader of the new shit (Brra), brand new Czar (Czar)

According to the comments section on YouTube, this is exactly what hip-hop needs right now. I’ll admit…this track is FIRE. Well done, old man!

What do you think of the hip-hop legend’s newest release?


Madison Beer – Boyshit

First of all, let me say one thing about Madison Beer:

Thanks. I had to get that out of the way.

Madison’s newest song is about “knowing your worth and taking back your power” in a relationship that’s gone wrong. She says the video is “a nod to dealing with toxic masculinity.” Boyshit basically means bullshit, if I’m understanding that correctly.

Another one for the breakup playlist. Enjoy!


Weezer – All My Favorite Songs

Off of their upcoming album, Ok Human, All My Favorite Songs is one I’m sure we can all relate to at some point in our lives. It’s about how things that once gave pleasure are now depressing and everything sucks.

All my favorite songs are slow and sad
All my favorite people make me mad, so mad
Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad
All my favorite songs are slow and sad
I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

Been there, bruh.

Rivers Cuomo, Weezer frontman sounds great. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. I was a big fan of Weezer growing up. Don’t let me down, gentlemen.


That’s it for this week’s New Music Friday. I’ll be doing this every Friday, so for the newest tracks…subscribe! Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!