I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident, an incredible podcast made by my pal and wonderful comedian/musician, Dave Hill. We covered pretty much every topic and it’s hilarious. Enjoy!

http://ec.libsyn.com/p/9/9/6/996147e5938e8ef8/01_Episode_81__JC_Cassis_from_Xelle_and_Risk.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01c08f33d7c1540a69&c_id=6585817

I just had to answer all these questions for a possible blog feature and I had a lot of fun doing it, so I thought y’all might be interested in checking it out:

What is your first musical memory? My first musical memory is starting to watch MTV as a six-year-old back in 1989 and continuing to watch it through the early 90’s. Seeing videos like “Rock the Cradle of Love” by Billy Idol, “Epic” by Faith No More, “November Rain” by Guns and Roses and “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul had a huge effect on me. Now, music from that time period makes me happier than any other music. I’m so glad that some of the club music from that time STILL gets played in the club whenever I go out, 20 years later. “Show Me Love” by Robin S., the best song of all time in my opinion (which is NOT the same song as “Show Me Love” by Robyn from 1997), will apparently never die as long as there are clubs in New York City. Thank God for that!

What was the first concert you ever went to? It was probably some boring crap at Carnegie Hall, since that was right in my neighborhood, but the first real concert I ever got excited about going to was Jamiroquai at the Theater at Madison Square Garden with Busta Rhymes opening, in 1997, when I was 14, right after “Virtual Insanity” had just blown up in America. Jason Kay, the lead singer and songwriter of Jamiroquai, was an excellent showman, and I think he’s definitely written some of the best groovy/funky songs I’ve ever heard. Busta Rhymes was riding the success of “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” at the time, and he was adorable. It was nice to see Busta putting effort into his show then, because when he came and did a show at Harvard, where I went to college, 8 years later, he half-assed it worse than an amateur and I was really disappointed. The best concert I ever went to was the Spice Girls farewell tour, and if you don’t like that, you can kiss my @$$. 🙂

What or whom do you go to for musical inspiration? There is some really incredible, soul-stirring electro-pop coming out these days, and most of it comes from my favorite artist, the UK’s Frankmusik. He is a total genius. There are also some amazing remixes of stuff like his floating around out there, including one of his song “Confusion Girl” remixed by Russ Chimes. That is the best, most beautiful electronic song I’ve ever heard. The use of strings in that song is just heavenly. Then of course I always draw inspiration from early 90’s club pop, like stuff from Black Box, C&C Music Factory, Robin S., etc, because they were the masters of perfectly danceable pop that makes you happy, and I just think that sound needs to come back in a big way. I’m always happy when someone tells me my songs remind them of early 90’s club music. That is the highest compliment I can get.

Without using the words “alternative,” “pop,” or “rock,” describe your sound. Early 90’s club music-inspired electro dance amazingness.

Stones or Beatles? Neither. Sorry! I like synthesizers. I respect and am in awe of both groups, it’s just that I don’t really listen to anything they’ve put out.

What’s your dream collaboration? Frankmusik, Robin S, Britney Spears.

Do you find the song or does the song find you? Mostly, the idea for the song and the melody pop into my head as a response to me thinking about something in my life that usually has to do with love, relationships and dealing with emotionally retarded boys.

How do you discover new music? I check Frankmusik’s twitter over and over to see if he’s put out anything new. Also, I listen to terrestrial radio (sorry!), internet radio (everybody happy now?) and occasionally check the odd blog about electro/dance music.

So there you have it. Whaddaya think? Leave a comment below. 🙂

Four on the Floor CD now available on jccassis.bandcamp.com!

FINALLY I got a moment to sit down and fully update my music on my website, plus put a store on there for ordering physical copies of my album! You can now buy my actual CD from my website by clicking here:

http://jccassis.bandcamp.com/album/four-on-the-floor

You can also buy the digital version, or get both by getting the physical album, which includes a download of the digital album at no additional cost! Enjoy and spread the word!

And, last but not least, you can listen to all my songs on my site now, for free! Yay!

“Hands Off” has now been downloaded almost 1000 times! Thanks everyone!

I keep getting asked to do shows for people, and I keep accepting, so if you have a show/party/event you’d like me to play, just ask and I’ll do it if I can! That’s why I have my own equipment, after all!

Went to an AWESOME music networking event this past Thursday where I met an awesome music lawyer and a wonderful guy who’s a judge for electronic music submissions for SXSW, so I really hope he’ll put in a good word for me when it comes time for me to submit to perform there. SXSW (South by Southwest) is probably the most important music showcase for emerging bands and I really hope to play there this time around. The networking event is called 20dot20 (google it) and if you’re in music, go to it! It has been greatly enjoyable and helpful for me each time I’ve gone.

Also, I’m in the running to win a performance slot at a huge music festival, but I need every vote I can get to move on to the next round. Please vote once a day from now through 8/31/09 from each email address you have (work, home, school, etc) for me here: http://www.sonicbids.com/voting/premium/BandProfile.aspx?c=10372&p=326, and ask all your friends to do it as well! I’m currently in the top 25 but it’s only the second day of voting and I need to stay there for another 27 days to move on to the next round!!

Finally, I have recorded vocals for 5 songs in the last 3 days, which means it’s finally time to go back in the studio and finish them off so I can put them out!! So looking forward to that!! The songs that will be coming out are “Hands Off” (with an improved vocal), “Obsessed” (with a vastly improved vocal, haha) “Dance Dance Dance,” (I think this one will be the next breakout hit), “Anything You Want,” (this one really sounds awesome)  and “Good Time.” Can’t wait to see what you think of them! Will be making tracks for 5 more new songs I’ve written, then recording vocals for those, finishing them, and releasing them, and then the album will be done and it’ll be time to start pushing it hard!!!

So recently I signed up for Sonic Bids, a site where you can browse and submit yourself for worldwide gigs, solely because they’re the only way you can submit for CMJ. I hate that you have to pay for almost all submissions, but I do understand that if they don’t put some sort of filter on submissions, crazy idiots will submit themselves for the wrong kinds of shows and piss off promoters and ruin it for everyone.

(Sidebar: Hey idiots, will you please stop being so annoying and ruining things for others? You’re the ones who make it hard for smart people to do things because you put way too many of yourselves in the pool, and then the people in power don’t pay attention to unsolicited stuff because when they did in the past it was all crap or was totally misdirected and a total waste of their time. So if you’re an idiot, go ask a smart person whether you should do something BEFORE you do it, and if they say no, DON’T DO IT. Thanks!)

Anyway, I was a little skeptical about the whole operation, but I’m happy to say, I submitted myself for the M.E.A.N.Y. Fest music festival in NYC this fall, and I was accepted! So even if I don’t get anything else on there, I’ve already got a great gig lined up that I never would have known about if I weren’t on Sonic Bids. Seems like playing in that festival will be a lot of fun, a great social opportunity, and hopefully great promotion for my music. I’m really excited! It’ll take place the week of Sept 24-Oct 3, so keep your eyes peeled for dates. Also, the artists selected for the festival get 100 free spins on Jango.com, a new internet radio site that lets you connect with the people who listen to and like your music, so I’m really excited about that!