XELLE with Keith Edwards at Elmo

Wow, sorry for the lag in updates! Stuff with XELLE has been craaaazy! I finally understand what people mean when they say they have no time for a boyfriend, because now I really feel that way myself! I am sooooo busy working on XELLE stuff all the time, as are all of the girls.

Last night we did our first XELLE “blitzkrieg,” in which we hit 5 clubs in one night to perform our first single, Party Girl, and get the DJs to play it. We performed at Therapy, Barracuda, Club 57, Rush and The Cock. It was exhausting but SO much fun! People loved our performance and I am just so glad to be back on stage I can’t even tell you. I was feeling almost depressed about the fact that I hadn’t been on stage for real since our October performance at the Glammys, so it was great to get back into my element. Performing always reminds me that doing this is my destiny and the only way I can be truly happy.

We also had a huge entourage with us all night, so it felt really awesome and professional and chaotically fun. We had a photographer, videographer, Mimi’s manager, our producer, our designer, our publicist and a friend of ours who also took photos and videos the whole time. I’ll be editing some of that footage into webisodes for us to share on our YouTube channel very soon!

The whole night was just an avalanche of awesome falling on our heads from start to finish, so I’ll try to sum it up in random fun moments I remember:

-Getting interviewed by Keith Edwards for Fab.com

-Getting filmed as we drove around stuffed into little cars with very big outfits, ran down streets with no coats on in 25 degree weather, performed on stages and bars, met fans, and generally caused a scene

-Having the legendary Acid Betty introduce us on the balcony of Club 57

-Performing at Club 57 with hundreds and hundreds of people watching all around us

-Running into my friends Jay DiFeo and Lucas Mirvois at the Club 57 performance and seeing how excited they were about the performance

-The way the crowd went WILD for us at Rush and was singing along with us by the second chorus

-Deciding to get up on the bar at The Cock and perform last minute

-Feeling like we have arrived and this is all real and it’s only going to get bigger, better and crazier!

Watch for more VERY EXCITING news very soon!!

Whoa, such busy times these are! Here’s what I’m working on:

1. Switching PRO’s. SESAC will actually help further my career with actual support and connections and opportunities. ASCAP is better for people who are already connected and making gobs of money than for people who need all the help they can get from all possible sources. Hoping this will lead to some great doors opening. It sure helped the woman who wrote “Womanizer!”

2. Trying to finish another new song by this weekend so I can give it to the band to learn before Wednesday’s rehearsal. Lyrics and melody are done but making the backing track takes mad time and thought.

3. Prepping for tomorrow’s show at the 2009 Dance Parade in Tompkins Square Park (on at 5:55pm tomorrow at the Main Stage). Just had a dance rehearsal with my childhood friend Yvonne, whom I’ve known since I was 7 and who’s now a pro dancer, and her fab friend Shyrelle. They are both amazing dancers. Was great to dance and learn choreography again. You know, I can really move. 🙂 Made me want to get in way better shape, because there’s nothing more demanding of stamina than dancing and singing and entertaining all at once.

4. Collabing. Gotta write songs for two tracks from a fab woman I met at the ASCAP conference, had a remix made of “Everybody’s Crazy In New York” by DJ Identity and am waiting for two more remixes of my songs, one coming from Germany and the other from England. That happened from Myspace friending. It really does work! Also writing with the producer I sang for for the AIMP song pitching event.

5. Still myspace friending as much as possible every day I can, up to over 9,000 friends now. Almost at the original goal of 10,000 set both to get new listeners and create the impression that my stuff is worth listening to because a lot of other people are listening to it, which is true. People are really loving the music and I’m getting about 150 plays a day. 50 times what I got when I wasn’t using myspace often.

6. Studying music internet marketing and going to revamp my operations to be more effective.

7. Made a music video for “Can’t Stop (Remix)” which people have been loving. So proud of it. Check it at youtube.com/jccassis

8. Gotta record vocals for “Obsessed” and “Hands Off,” the two totally kick ass new songs I finished about a week ago. Time flies.

On the horizon:

1. New music videos, especially for “Everybody’s Crazy in New York”

2. New songs. I’m in a writing frenzy and having monthly shows is making me want to have new material at every single show.

3. Street performances, hopefully in Union Square, during the summer. Hopefully both full band and me with tracks and dancers. Can’t wait for that. Will be such a challenge, will improve my live show, grow my audience, and make some change. So so so exciting.

4. Almost ready for seeking out gay dance club gigs. Got a connection at Webster Hall, but not sure if that’s the right place to start off, rather than go when I’ve got a bigger following. But they have a small basement space that could be perfect. Still, I know that Therapy in Hell’s Kitchen has live shows, and that is a medium sized gay bar, so I should prolly see if I can start there and at similar small gay venues to have more intimate shows and get out there and meet/make fans. My music seems to strike a chord with gay men, which is exactly what I wanted, so I need to go to them and show them what I’m doing and see if they like it enough to start helping to build me up to where I want to go. If you can get a strong gay following, it can really grow from there. See Bette Midler, Madonna, Lady Gaga, etc etc etc.

Non-music:

Am looking into getting Invisalign to straighten out my teeth. Sick of taking pics that are ruined because the angle makes me look like I’ve been punched in the mouth one too many times. Need teeth that can be photographed from any angle and look good.

1000 business cards arrived today. Went through 500 really fast last time, wonder how long it will take to run out of these guys. Prepared to hand out a LOT of them tomorrow. 🙂