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!

My friend Roy Vanegas of Noise Floor Music makes crazy things! Last year he recorded some samples of me singing and then manipulated the samples to sound totally insane, then made the insane noises into a minimalist, electro-glitch song! Take a listen to this, and remember that all the sounds on this song that are not guitar are MY VOICE. Even though it doesn’t sound like that’s possible at all. Fun! Thanks Roy!

New remixes coming soon!

I realized I never posted my newest finished recording, “Anything You Want,” so here it is!

Seb Swift, who made the fabulous ECNY remix for me, has done it again with an excellent remix of my song “Obsessed.” Listen below!

New remixes and songs coming soon! If you want to remix my stuff, send me an email at talktojccassis AT gmail DOT com and I’ll send you all the files you need!

1. I finished at #12 in the top 25 bands in the Jansport Battle of the Bands first round, so now hopefully the judges will pick me as one of the top 5 acts to move on to the next round!! I’ll hear about that soon.

2. My song “Hands Off” has now been downloaded over 1500 times!!! So exciting!

3. I’ve finished the tracks for “Hold For Your Lovin'” and “Friday Night Forever,” so once I finish the other three tracks, put vocals on all of them, and have them finished in a studio, I will be debuting them!

4. More remixes are in the works. I’m looking forward to another one from Seb Swift in England, a bunch from Andrew Siller in Vermont, one from DJ Frankie P out of New Jersey, one from Steve Slavin in London, and hopefully another Hepnova remix soon. If you want to remix my tunes, just let me know and I will send you the links to download the files you need. A huge thank you to all the remixers so far–you guys are making me so happy and easing my workload by letting me bring out new music for the fans more often and I truly appreciate all your hard work. You’re amazing!