You were born in the UK and raised in Vienna, but you’ve spent most of your life outside of the UK – where would you call ‘home’ and what is it that entices you to new countries?
I have no home really. My last homes were in New York and Venice beach. I love it there. I wanted to call the U.S. my home, but we will spend half the year in Europe again. New countries mean new ways of living and seeing things. Re-adjusting of the brain. No rigidity. Flexibility. Openness.
What home comforts do you miss while you’re travelling or settling in to a new home city?
I guess I miss what I just loved and got used to in the place before.
Through all of your touring and travelling, how do you connect your experiences in your music? Where do you return for inspiration?
Into myself I guess, into music. The moving around is very energy consuming, but keeps you fit and unafraid. It makes you grow and be more impulsive at times and tougher. This all helps me being creative or loving and appreciating my job. It reenergizes me.
If you were coaching a new artist or DJ on performing, what kind of stereotypes would you describe about the different European party crowds?
This is all very generally speaking…
English: open-minded, eclectic taste in music, very good music background, relaxed and friendly, generally great audience.
German: They can go very deep and be open to musical journeys.
Italian: Not a very good general music background, but they can have a very good dance music background.
French: Very eclectic taste or can have a very sophisticated taste. Very soulful and deep; not shy to shake their booties!
Being a resident DJ gives a unique perspective on the evolution of a venue and its party-goers. Which would you say is truer; the crowd influences your music or the crowd is influenced by your music? How do you translate that knowledge of performing at a warehouse to the big festival stage?
The more often you play the more the crowd is influenced by the music. If you play somewhere 3 or 4 times a year, the crowd influences the music. Energy and crowd is the key. They give you the direction. With the sound and the monitors, the better they are the better you can do your job and really make sure it translates.
The last time you were in Newcastle was for a Shindig Warehouse 34 event in 2013 alongside Steve Lawler, do you have any highlights or stories from that show? What are you looking forward to in the North East on your return this February 12th?
I’m happy to be coming back. I had a really good time and I was impressed that it was quite a serious techno temple as well as a club for more types of music. I’m impressed by how good the crowd was and how into the music they were. I’m really looking forward to coming back again.
Cassy joins John Digweed, Acid Mondays & Harvard Bass this coming Friday 12th February.