I'm workin' it with others a lot these days!

Forgot to put this in my update below. The other thing that’s been keeping me busy recently is collaborations, collaborations and more collaborations! Like these:

1. Last night I laid down vocals for two Hepnova songs, and they’re pretty awesome. Hepnova is my two friends Lee-Sean and Nick, and you can check out their stuff at hepnova.bandcamp.com. They’ll be replacing the lead vocals on their songs “Again Tonight” and “You’re For Me” with my vocals very soon. It’s always a ton of fun recording vocals with Lee-Sean in his lower Manhattan studio, which is where the Can’t Stop (Remix) video was filmed:

He also posted a bunch of silly self-portraits I took during the session on facebook, so if you’re not already my friend on facebook, friend me at facebook.com/jccassis so you can see them.

2. At a music networking event last week, I ran into producer Alex Morelli, for whom I sang on a demo last year, and whom I hadn’t seen in a year! He and I will be working on some songs of his very soon.

3. I got a request through a new YouTube friend to record some vocals and help write on an awesome dance song they’re working on, so I gotta lay those down and send them off asap.

4. Got a ton of remixes coming down the pike as soon as the people who are working on them finish…

5. I have found a DJ to add to my live shows, which I think will up the energy so much and allow me to keep the music going while I talk between songs. She is awesome and her name is DJ Ahomii. The way we met is the randomest story ever and I love it. I was performing at the Bandshell in Central Park in November. She walked by during my set with a very cute French bulldog. I petted the bulldog. She took a picture. Then she randomly found me on facebook two months later and showed me the picture. I talked to her and she said she was a DJ. I asked if she wanted to be my DJ, she said yes, and we’ll be rehearsing together soon to start doing shows together as early as April 25th! I think this is going to be such a huge help. With a DJ, my show will be way better which will make me more proactive about booking more shows, as well as make me more marketable to people booking shows, especially in clubs and at dance parties. It will also make it easier and more fun to tour since I can play small dance-centric bars and clubs anywhere if I come in with a DJ. She also loves the same music and songs I do and has a flair for crazy fashion on stage and is super nice. I think this collaboration is going to be a lot of fun for the two of us.

YAY!

So I’ve been working my butt off all week recording new tracks, and I’m so excited. They all sound great! I wanted to finish them up tonight but the ol’ voicey voice hurts and I don’t wanna push it since I have two hours of rehearsal tomorrow and a show Friday. So I’ll prolly finish up the vocals tomorrow or Saturday and then I’ve got some studio time with my ol’ buddy Yaron who mixed and mastered my first album on Sunday. Yay!

Lee-Sean, my keyboardist, and I have been working on the dance remix of “Can’t Stop Myself From Lovin’ You” and man, it is sick. SICK! It is so fuckin’ awesome and danceable and you are going to love it. He is a genius. Once it’s tweaked to perfection it’s gonna have to rock all the gay clubs because it will just be perfect.

So once that’s done, maybe I’ll switch over all the myspace songs to dance songs. Then I’ll have Lover, Can’t Stop remix, Get Out and Everybody’s Crazy in New York. Hooooooooooray I’m almost there.

Am also trying to set up a few dance music shows for the future so that would be awesome. Just got to learn what I need to know to have me-and-an-ipod shows.

SO excited for the show on Friday. I’m gonna look really weird and sing really awesome songs and the band will kick ass and it will be a rockin’ good time. 8:45pm, Friday April 3rd, Don Hill’s, NYC. Be there!

And I’ve completely lost my voice. From a cold. Right before a show. As usual. God. Dammit. So I’m on vocal rest and drinking brown smoothies made of banana, orange juice, spinach and beets (trying to maximize the natural vitamin intake), as much straight orange juice as possible, sleeping as much as possible, and apparently, blogging as much as possible. Ha. But anyway, thank god the gig is 48 hrs away and not 24, because I think 48 is doable for getting my voice back.

Anyway, in case you’re not one of the 1,333 people I’ve already reminded 100 times about the show, here’re the deets:

JC Cassis live! (with Emily Stern and The Spanish Channel opening)
JC takes the stage at 8:40pm
Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
L train to the Bedford stop
$7

Hope to see you there! The band has been kicking ass musically and we’re also really having fun together which is amazing. They’re such sweet, talented, dependable people and I feel so lucky to be working with them. Last night at rehearsal was hilarious. We had two members who were deathly ill with colds, one of whom later got a horrendous nosebleed, the practice room was too cold, then too hot, and always too loud, and yet we still couldn’t hear each other, someone fell off a heater and bruised his butt, one guitarist had carpel tunnel syndrome, I was so sick I had to do some songs lying down, and we ran through Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and Weezer’s “Undone (The Sweater Song)”–my favorite song in 5th grade!– totally spontaneously and told funny stories about Rivers Cuomo going to Harvard with two of us (me and our bassist, John Ames.)

It is sooooooooooooo good to be in a band again I can’t even tell you.

Also, you will need to prepare yourselves for the hilarity that happens when we all dance while we’re playing songs. Watch Lee-Sean, our keyboardist, especially. Dude is funny. I can’t think about it when I’m singing because I start laughing uncontrollably. I will have to steal some blinders from a carriage horse and do the show with those on. Ooh, that’s a good idea for a gimmick.

Ok, whatever. Go to the show, ok?
-JC