Interview: Cassie Talks Skrillex, Tattoos, and Her Perfect Date

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Full disclosure: I’ve had a huge crush on Cassie for a while now. When I got the chance to talk to her, we covered the basics and got the details on her new music, but I also took this interview as an opportunity to talk about what kind of shampoo she uses, the music she’s listening to, her favorite tattoo, and the impending feud with Skrillex. And yes, I asked her out on a date.

Interview by Midas

Hi, how’s it going?
Good! How are you?

Good, I’m Brendan from Pigeons & Planes, calling for a phone interview.
OK, no problem. Nice to meet you.

[Giggles] Nice to meet you too. So, your second album is coming out somewhat soon, right?
Probably not until next September, actually.

Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Yeah, well, I’ve been working on it for quite a while. I want to say like three or four years, almost.

I had different stages of things, I would make a lot of R&B records, then I would make a bunch of pop records. I would make a bunch of dance records and then something else crazy. And it finally came to last year I finally found a sound and everything started coming together. I’ve been working with and what we’re keeping so far, I’ve worked with Jean Baptiste, Rico Love, Danja… Let me see who else, there are some other, younger, up-and-coming writers and producers on the album too. What actually happened, based on me trying these different things and spending time on one thing at a time, is how the album came together. The album isn’t just one sound, there’s a little bit of ska, a little bit of hip-hop, some pop, dance. It’s kind of cool.

If you could describe what you’ve got in 3 words, what would they be?
Um, I would have to say colorful [Laughs]. What’s a good word for having it being an album for girls? Not girl-power, don’t put that. Colorful, alive, happy. Wait, can I say one more thing?

Yeah.
Can I have four? Real. Actually, take out happy, put in real [Laughs].

OK, does that mean the album is personal?
Yeah! Yeah, there are definitely some tracks on there that are, you know, you have to have life experience in there and you have to talk about what’s really going on in your life in order to have people to connect with it. So yeah, there’s some real in there.

Cool. What kind of music have you been listening to for the past month?
Ooh, the past month I’ve been listening to SBTRKT and the Drive soundtrack.

Wow, very good choices. I’m impressed. What do you think of Limp Bizkit signing with Cash Money?
I didn’t even know about that! When did that happen?

Recently, definitely recently.
Wow, that’s dope. They’ve been signing a bunch of people right now, haven’t they?

Yeah, they’re going nuts.
[Laughs] Well, I think that’s pretty dope.

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