JC Cassis Photo Credit: Alex Green

Man, I have been a busy, busy bee! But SO many exciting things are happening right now! I’ll list as many as I can remember, completely out of order:

1. Had an AWESOME show on Saturday night at the Art for Progress Clash of the Artists. Everyone who was there said it was my best show ever, and I agree. I practiced more for this show than I have for any other show EVER since I finally actually have the time to practice, and I think it REALLY helped. Not only was I more vocally prepared, but my lyrics were cemented into my head to the point where they were on autopilot and I could do all my dancing around and getting on and off stage and interacting with the audience without missing a beat or a word. I’m also trying to practice as much as possible so that I don’t get so overwhelmingly out of breath during shows, like I have in the past. I think the practicing really helped with that too, since I didn’t get quite so out of breath this time, and I was still moving around a lot and singing at full volume. Also, practicing more has given me the time and opportunity to find better ways and places to breath during a song so I feel more comfortable. Here’s a tip for all you singers out there: sometimes it’s better to inhale less often. You don’t always need to re-fill on breath when you’re only half empty. I find it helpful to just sing to the end of a breath and then breathe again, unless there are too many words between breaths. But I used to think I should inhale whenever possible, and that’s definitely not true.

2. Also through practicing, I finally got the chance to start hammering out what moves I should do during my songs. After watching many pop performances, it became clear that it’s really helpful to have recognizable, highly imitable dance moves to do on the chorus of the song. Just makes things a bit more cohesive and gives you something concrete to do in terms of movement, which makes the performance look more polished and well thought out. Yay.

3. Got my music uploaded to both Pump Audio and Rumblefish, two licensing companies that will hopefully help get my music placed in various media including commercials, internet video, TV and film. I really want to get my new material out into the world, so hopefully that will help! Also got my music onto MusicSupervisor.com, another licensing company. Just need to get it into every other possible licensing company now, and hopefully those placements will start rolling in!

4. Also finally put my music on Podsafe Music Network, a site where you can upload your music so podcasters will know they can use it in their podcasts. Hopefully will bring in more exposure.If you’re a podcaster, you can grab my music from PMN here: http://www.musicalley.com/music/listeners/searchResults.php?SearchString=JC+Cassis&go2=Search+Keywords

5. Indeed, just a few days after putting my music on PMN, I was approached on facebook by someone who wants to add my music to his online radio station, LongIslandOnlineRadio.com. He says they get about 2,000 listeners a day and are trying to get up to 50,000 listeners/day. At this point, any exposure is critical and exciting, so I’m pumped!

6. Finally, after months of wanting to, I GOT MY OWN WIRELESS MIC!!! It is such a godsend. It has made my performance SO much better and SO much more fun. There have been so many times when I’ve had to perform with a regular, corded mic, where I’ve tripped on the cord, stepped on the cord, not been able to dance or go out in the audience because of the cord, etc etc. It’s like a leash, and I’m not the kind of performer who needs to be on a leash!  (I know my friend Michael is laughing at that!) But seriously, having the freedom to dance however I want and go wherever I want without having to worry about a cord is SO AMAZING. If you are a performer who moves around, GET A WIRELESS MIC RIGHT NOW. You’ll be so glad you did!

7. I was approached to have my song used in a film project! Unfortunately it’s super low-budget so there’s no pay, but I’m so glad about it anyway. What happened was that my friend in the NYC music scene whom I knew randomly through another friend in the acting world, acted in a film project, and when the creator of the film needed music similar to mine, my friend suggested she check out my music. She did, and then she wrote to me on facebook asking to use my music in her film, I said yes, she picked “Anything You Want” for the film, and now she’s going to put it in her film and invite me to the premier! This is the first time I’ll have an experience like this and I’m so excited. Here’s the trailer for the film (it doesn’t have my song in it, but the full movie will!):

So that’s what’s been going on! And on top of that I STILL need to make the music video for Everybody’s Crazy in New York and edit it together, book some shows, etc etc etc. The work never ends. But it’s all good and I know it will be fruitful!

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Not sure why/how I never got around to posting this, but here’s the third episode of my podcast! It features a hilarious and intriguing conversation with med student and phalloplastic surgeon in training, Lilly Zhang. Check it out:

on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jc-cassis-show/id358348932?ign-mpt=uo%3D6

on my website: https://jccassis.com/JC%20Cassis%20Show%20Episode%203%20with%20Lilly%20Zhang.mp3

Episode 4 coming later this week!

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Over the weekend I taped Episode 2 of The JC Cassis Show, my new podcast. In it, I interviewed my awesome and hilarious friend, Carl Arnheiter, creator and host of Inside Joke, the hugely popular New York comedy show, and writer/performer of various wonderful things. We had an awesome and hilarious conversation about our awkward childhoods, crazy people, and guidos in ponds. Take a listen here:

on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jc-cassis-show/id358348932?uo=6

or on my website: https://jccassis.com/JCCassisShowEpisode1.html

And please take a second to click on the iTunes link and write me a review and give the show five stars! Thanks!

Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes or listen to it on my website!

It took a week of wrestling with internet social media technology I don’t know, but finally, FINALLY I put the pieces together and figured out how to get the damn podcast on iTunes. Holy crap, it’s SO hard if you don’t know what you’re doing and you haven’t done it before. I just kept soldiering on and FINALLY got it to work. And now that I know how the hell it works, it’s not so bad.

Click here to see my podcast on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-jc-cassis-show/id358348932

If that link doesn’t work, go into the iTunes store, search “The JC Cassis Show” and there it will be!

If you don’t want to use iTunes to hear it, you can hear it on the internet here: https://jccassis.com/JC%20Cassis%20show%201%20with%20Dan%20Freeman.mp3

I am SO EXCITED to have it out, and I am SO EXCITED for future shows! I already have some great guests lined up and I can’t wait to find more people to have on the show who will have funny, interesting conversations with me that fans will love listening to. The first episode with Dan Freeman is really interesting and full of laughs, so definitely check it out. If you listen on iTunes, please rate the podcast and write me a quick review!

And for those of you who want to know how I did it and how you can to, here’s how to put a podcast on iTunes in plain English:

1. Record the podcast. Upload it to a publicly accessible website. (You will need to have a website of your own and hosting, or a friend who’s willing to host it on his/her website. I used Adobe Dreamweaver and my website for this.)

2. Follow the instructions here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html by copying the sample code on that site and pasting it into the code side of an xml page in Dreamweaver. Delete the example info and replace it with your info for the podcast (title, author, etc), making sure not to disturb any of the actual html.

3. Go into the iTunes store podcast page, click “Submit a Podcast,” and submit the url of the xml page. If you’ve done everything right, you should be done. If you haven’t, iTunes will tell you what to fix. Then your podcast will be approved and available in the store in under 12-24 hours.

So there you have it! It just took me so long because I didn’t understand what any of that stuff was. Now that I do, it’s not so bad!

The cover art for The JC Cassis Show podcast!

Wow, time has flown by since last entry. I’ve been having a GREAT time having more time to devote to my career. The first order of my hard copy CDs should be here any day now, so if you want one, just let me know at talktojccassis AT gmail DOT com. I’ll be setting up the store widget on my website very soon.

One of the top things on my list of priorities is cleaning up/revamping my website. I want to make it as up-to-date as possible and make it easy for people to order CDs and merch directly through my site.

The other thing I’ve started doing is podcasting! I’m in the midst of trying to get the podcast online and on iTunes, and once it is, it will be so great! I made great cover art for it (see above) and taped the first episode last week with my lovely pal Dan Freeman of the wonderful band Comandante Zero. The episode is really funny and interesting and I look forward to doing a lot more of them once I can just figure out how the hell to get them online. I’ve already got instructions, now it’s just a question of successfully following them. I’ll be posting the podcast here as soon as I can!