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In Conversation: Cassy

In Conversation: Cassy

Jonathan Coll | Features & Interviews

Boasting an almost encyclopedic and vast knowledge of electronic music, DJ and producer and Cassy is not only one of the most passionate and versatile selectors of her generation, but also one of the most respected. Having secured residencies in the likes of DC-10 Ibiza and Panorama Bar in her extensive musical career, and playing within the walls of some of the world’s most influential clubbing spaces, this in-demand DJ continues to push the message of positivity onto her audiences with her groove-ridden sets. Her next stop to do this? Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace venue as Yousef hosts Loco Dice, Nic Fanciulli, Robert Hood, Solardo and more on Saturday 26th January. We joined Cassy for a quickfire chat about all aspects of being a DJ as we went In Conversation...

For people who perhaps aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe your style?

I play a mix of house, techno and tech house with my own sense of warmth and groove.

You were raised in Vienna and moved to Berlin in your early DJ career. Was the plan always to move to Berlin for its techno scene? And what does Austria have to offer?

Yes, and I think I have to move back to Berlin for its Techno scene! I just played Panorama Bar there and had a great studio session the day after. I’m not so clued up on the Vienna scene now, but it was very vibrant in the 90s when I was starting out. The crowds were very headsy and very into music. There was also a great variety of very good techno producers who were also getting global recognition. I think the scene started to die out because it was missing a healthy attitude. People were quite judgemental and fussy back then, so I guess that stopped it from thriving as much.

Your touring schedule has been typically hectic, what have been your highlights and what are you looking forward to next?

2018 highlights were definitely Get Lost in Miami, it was amazing, even though there was a crazy sandstorm and we were eating and breathing sand! PORT Club in Odessa in Ukraine was a great first time experience. I loved all my Panorama Bar gigs last year. It’s been a while since I have played in Liverpool and so I am very much looking forward to Circus this weekend.

Having released “Back” on Aus Music, one of my favourite releases on the label, which are your favourites to release on? Are there any on which your music feels at home?

Cinthie’s ‘Trust’ EP that was released earlier this month is a current favourite of mine on Aus. My music feels very at home there.

Your recent EP “You Gotta Know” came as a collaboration with Pete Moss, what was the story behind that release? Are there any other artists you plan to or would like to collaborate with?

I am one of his biggest fans! I love his music and he has always been one of my favourite house music producers. For other artists I am collaborating with, keep a close eye on my Kwench Records label.

Can we expect any releases in the near future? Are you sat on any unreleased records that you’re hoping to finish?

I am working on a great project right now but cannot reveal the details yet. As they say.... watch this space.

Your versatility as a DJ means you often play Panorama Bar one week and Circus or Studio 338 the next. Does your own style change depending on your venue and crowd? Or do you stick to a signature sound?

I think maybe I have more of a signature style than a signature sound because obviously, you can’t play the same music in every place. It also depends on the length of set I am playing. If it’s longer, you get to broaden the spectrum.

What’s been pride of place in your record bag recently? And are there any emerging artists we ought to keep an eye out for?

I love Cinthie’s ‘Together’ track on her own label Crystal Grooves. I’ve played that a lot lately. She is also a great emerging artist to keep an eye on, as well as Anna Wall whom I played Fabric with recently, she was just made a resident there. Cici, Ceri and Kristin Velvet, who just released a brilliant EP on my Kwench Records label.

You’ve held residencies at some of the world’s most renowned techno venues including Panorama Bar, Trouw, Circoloco and Rex Club. Is there a particular art to being an incredible resident? And what do you think makes you such a good fit?

You have to be able to connect with the dancefloor and keep the people wanting to come back week after week. I am always in tune with the atmosphere on the dancefloor so I guess this is what gives me a good quality as a resident.

You’ve never shied away from discussing some of the more political aspects of the dance music scene. Has that scene changed for better or worse in the recent past? And with so many of the world’s most popular DJs being female, is this a breakthrough? Or is there work still to be done?

I don’t really agree with the world’s most popular DJs being female, and in my opinion, who cares if they are male or female. It would be better to know they are popular because they are great DJs, not because of their gender.

What advice would you give to any aspiring young, female DJs?

The same advice I would give to male DJs.

Is Europe’s political situation more generally something that worries you? And how do you like to relax and get away from it all?

I don’t watch the news, and that’s how I get away from it all.

Finally, what can we expect from you in the near future?

A healthy release schedule on my Kwench Records label and a couple of outside projects. It’s always great to connect with new audiences and I am hoping to play some new territories and clubs this year too.

Cassy is joined by Loco Dice, Nic Fanciulli, Robert Hood, Solardo and more in Liverpool's Camp & Furnace venue on Saturday 26th January

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