We got to caught up with one of our favorite babes, Cassie Marin. From her dreamy vocals to her alluring production, she is definitely one to keep an eye on. Read our interview below where she talks about her art, style, and what’s next for her.
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How did you start playing music?
I began playing piano when I was around 4 years old and eventually started creating my own piano compositions around age 8. I didn’t know how to combine the poems I wrote with the musical pieces until it happened spontaneously at age 11, and since then it’s slowly taken over my life, saving me every day :)
Describe your music in 3 words.
Ooof, these kinds of questions are always so hard for me!
I would say: Radiant, Alluring and Kindling
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We love your style! What's a must have item in your closet?
Thank you so much :) To be honest, I think colors are the best way to express yourself when it comes to outfits, so my biggest “must have” in my closet is this multi-colored (primary color oriented) 90’s jacket that I thrifted when shopping in Los Angeles, most of my favorite items are found in a thrift store!
How would you compare your newest album S.O.S. to Plastique Days
“Plastique Days’ was such a world of it’s own. It was my very first time bringing the mental atmosphere of my music world to life in the physical form. “S.O.S.” differs from “Plastique Days” most in the stories behind the music, as well as the production style. When I was making “Plastique” I was going through a lot of personal health issues, and due to my introvert-like ways, I ended up spending 2 months straight entirely in my room alone, emptying myself into the music. I think it has more of an eerie and emotional pop direction to it. “S.O.S.” bloomed from a place (feelings) I tucked away inside myself and suddenly one day began writing.
“Weigh” was the first song from “S.O.S.” that brought a vision for the full EP, and from there I really focussed on working on being honest and true to myself with the music. I had a difficult time trying to figure out which genre “S.O.S.” belonged to, but ultimately decided that the R&B and Pop elements were leading the style overall.
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Not only do you write your own music, but you wrote your own book! What inspired “Spilling”?
“Spilling” is actually a compilation of poems and entries I began writing when I was 18 years old. For a huge chunk of my childhood, I journaled every day and it was a very calming thing to me. I grew up without any older brothers or sisters around, so whenever something confusing would stir me up, I would begin to write poetry or entries to myself, giving the advice or coming up with words of encouragement to get me by with whatever I was going through. Eventually I discovered a website called “Tumblr” and I began sharing some of my writing on there. I didn’t have many followers but one day I woke up to 100,000+ notes on a very vulnerable piece of writing I shared, and that was the day I decided I wasn’t alone in what I was going through and that I’d work up the courage to release a book of these poems and entries one day. Thus became “Spilling” 4 years later :)
Any advice for aspiring musicians?
My biggest piece of advice for aspiring musicians and artists alike is really just focus on your dream. In our generation of crazy technology it’s so easy to fall into thinking you’re not good enough, cool enough, fast enough, etc. But the most beautiful thing I’ve learned is that people who are selflessly themselves are the most inspiring, the most attractive and the ones who make a big impact on my life when they walk into it. Be yourself! Be as weird as you want! It’s the best gift you’ve got.
What are your top 5 songs on your summer playlist?
You’re not ready for my weird summer vibes! :)
(This has been my favorite song for the past 5 years)
“Without U” - Corbin (Spooky Black)
“Our Deal” - Best Coast
“Goodbye” - Best Coast
“Futile Devices” - Sufjan Stevens
“SeanPaulWasNeverThereToGiveMeTheLight” - BONES
What do you have planned next?
More music! I have been in the studio for the past several months working on a project that is inexplicably one of the most intricate compilations of sensations, feelings and experiences piled up into something I’ll share with you very soon. The way music has a way of evolving with a person is probably one of the most priceless things. It’s like having an imaginary friend who’s always able to keep up with your crazy life. I’m grateful for music every second.
Listen to her music here!