Friday, October 26th • Bar opens 8PM, Green Room 9PM, Club 10PM
Cassy ( Kwench Records, Aus | Berlin )
Navbox ( Flash | DC )
Green Room: We Dig Vinyl
Wade Hammes ( We Dig Vinyl, NightFlight | DC )
Elliott Sloan ( We Dig Vinyl | Baltimore )
Flash Bar: Cider House Mules
djmeegs ( Cider House Mules | DC )
MAKZ ( DC )
Cassy is a strong, independent and unique individual whose feminine power and sensitive musical flow delivers diverse techno with soul, warmth, elegance and a touch of mystery. “Always since I can remember, especially in the Austrian village I grew up in, I was surrounded by music. One of my first and strongest musical memories is of having a ladybird turntable, I played it so much it was demolished in the end.”
At 20 she moved to London to attend drama school for what she calls “The serious study years for drama training. I learnt a lot but I realised this wasn’t my path.” She came back to Vienna and arrived directly back into the music scene. “It was around then I started singing to electronic music and soon I started DJing. I got obsessed and didn’t want to stop.”
In 2003 Cassy moved to Berlin and got deep into the burgeoning underground scene. “I moved because Berlin was cheaper and there was a scene that was building into something. It was cool to have so many clubs and things going on and to be exposed to the DJs and nightlife. I could listen to music all the time and I felt like I was part of something. The energy helped for me to take myself seriously as I was surrounded by people who had the same interests. I was hanging and working with Mathew Jonson, Tobias, Steve Bug, Swayzak, Zip and Ricardo Villalobos and I was sometimes singing with Ricardo at after parties at places like Club Der Visionaere.”
In 2004, Berlin opened a new club, Panorama Bar, they offered labels different nights and they gave Luciano a Cadenza night. He offered Cassy to play in the first month of them opening and from that Panorama Bar asked her to come back as resident. She played once a month for three years and it led to her mixing the first Panorama Bar CD compilation. Her release output increased, with her putting out her own music on labels including Perlon, Ostgut Ton, Uzuri, Beatstreet, Playhouse and her own Cassy imprint, as well as mixing the heralded fabric 71.
Cassy left Berlin in 2010. She moved to Paris for a while, where she hung out mostly with her, as she calls him, best DJ friend, D’Julz, and held a residency at Rex Club. She then moved to Amsterdam, where she held a residency and Trouw, amidst a heavy international touring schedule.
After initially being resident at Cocoon Ibiza on the Amnesia terrace, Cassy moved to Circo Loco the following year, where she still holds her residency today. “I am very happy playing there, I enjoy the vibe and the energy and especially now I can play more open and interesting.”
In 2016 Cassy will release her debut artist album, produced with King Britt. As un-yet unnamed, her emotive, soulful voice features on almost every track of the album, which draws you in, telling a story of her journey in human relationships. There is also possible talk of her going live with the album, in her own way and in her own time.
An honest, true and powerful feminine force, Cassy is an artist who knows and speaks her mind and stands strong as a unique inspiration in dance music. Asking what inspires her, Cassy replied: “Be yourself and if you can’t be yourself, be Chaka Khan.”