New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ & Producer Cassy

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2016 06:38pm | Post a Comment

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"I think it's extremely important to make lots of jokes in bleak times," says singer, producer, and DJ Cassy as she picks up a comedy record, What Becomes A Semi-Legend Most?, by Joan Rivers. Cassy loved her audacity, saying she had "the balls to say things that other people would never dare to say." Though she starts by referencing these bleak times, Cassy picked up some fun records when she recently visited Amoeba Hollywood, which ran the gamut from classical to techno to music "for when you're, like, a 50 year-old man. Which I'm not."

Cassy Donna Amoeba MusicBorn in England and raised in Austria, Cassy's career began in the '90s as a DJ at Viennese club Flex. Around the same time, she appeared as a vocalist on Elin's remix of Ganymed's "Music Takes Me Higher" and Zombie Nation's "Unload." After collaborations with DJ Dave the Hustler, Luciano, and Mathew Jonson, Cassy became further immersed in the minimal techno scene and relocated to Berlin. 

In 2004, Cassy became a resident at the legendary Panorama Bar, where she would hold down the decks once-a-month for three years. During this time she released tracks for labels such as Ostgut Ton, Perlon, and Beat Street, as well as her own Cassy imprint. After Berlin, Cassy did stints at clubs in Paris, Ibiza, and Amsterdam. She worked with King Britt on her debut full-length, Donna, which was just released via K7 last week. Cassy is currently on tour throughout Europe.

Holding up a copy of The Slits' I Heard It Through The Grapevine 10" re-released for Record Store Day Cassy reveals, "If I had to be in a band, I would probably wanna be in their band. They're very daring and extremely talented." She also found the record Destiny by her "most favorite star of all stars," Chaka Khan, which was produced by the prolific Arif Mardin. Also in her bag: super group The Power Station featuring Robert Palmer, members of Duran Duran, and drummer Tony Thompson, as well as a Stravinsky record as performed by the Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel.

But just what exactly is that music "for when you're, like, a 50 year old man?" You'll have to watch the video to find out. (Hint: there's a Brian Eno connection.)

Cassy - What's In My Bag?
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