Tuesday, June 29, 2010
CO-My name is Cas One or casOne or CasOne, its spelled all different types of ways and pronounced wrong a lot. I live in Evansville, Indiana I was raised in Kentucky... weird for a rapper huh?
NT-How long have you been making music?
CO-I've been doing music for 14 years, which is a little over half my life...I wasn't that good until recently hah.
NT-What's one of your fondest memories of music as a kid?
CO-I come from a bigger family...I have 5 brothers and sisters. My mom always tells the story where she would put on a Lynard Skynard record and we would all just go ape shit, dancing in the big living room, making up dance moves.
NT-What kind of music was being played in your house growing up?
CO-It was a mash up of music, I remember The Beatles and Michael Jackson getting played a lot. A lot of country also. Like I said , I was born in Kentucky.
NT-What groups or bands are you really digging right now?
CO-Okkervil River is my shit. The XX is very fresh to me to right now, also. Ryan Adams, OutKast, Doomtree, Passion Pit, Jay Electronica, Ratatat, Atmosphere.
NT-What's your cd/record collection like?
CO-It's realllllly diverse. I'm sure I have a ton of stuff that would get made fun of in the blogosphere. I own a tatu record. How does that make you feel? (EDITORS NOTE...No Team In I has no comment on the status of liking nor disliking tatu. lol)
NT-Who were some of your inspirations in your early years? Who, after listening to it really made you decide to make music?
CO-OutKast is a big influence to me. I think Andre' 3000 is the perfect musician. What really got me into trying to rap was The Fugee's The Score and Nas's It Was Written.
NT-What's the hip hop scene in Indiana like?
CO-It's weird, no one really wants to give each other a leg up. There's really not a circuit. Bloomington is a really cool spot to play shows though. I love Bloomington. I can play where I'm from and get 300 people there or 30 people depending on the night. It's weird.
NT-Who do you think is the one producer or Emcee changing the game like he or they see fit, the way they want it without giving a damn?
CO-Andre' 3000 hands down. I mentioned earlier I thought he was the perfect emcee. I don't see him doing what anyone wants him to do. If so we would have never gotten Hey Ya or the love below for that matter.
NT-In your mind is there any one or two records that is absolutely perfect or damn near close?
CO-RadioHead's In Rainbows. That album is perfect to me JUST because of the vibe. P.O.S. Never Better, I know it's early to say that, I still listen to it once a week...He made the record I wanted to make and I hate/love him for it. OutKast ATLiens (I apparently jock the living shit out of Outkast) and The Beatles Abbey Road, There will NEVER be a more memorable record than this to me.
NT-Is there anything about those album(s) that you know they just "got it right"?
CO-I think the big thing for each of those records is they were original, there are not any others like it before or after. ALL very "vibe" oriented and heavy. All thoughtful.
NT-Do you have any "desert island" records to share?
CO-I think the ones I just mentioned.
NT-How did you hook up with Brother Ali for the song "Flashbacks"?
CO-I met Brother Ali when I was like....19 I think. I went to a lot of shows back then, he did a song called picket fences and I got to talk with him after a show about it..It just HIT me like a ton of bricks. I went to a show the next night and he didn't perform it and I was kinda bummed about it. He saw me afterwards and I asked why? and he said to keep his show fresh each night...So he asked for a ride to get some food JUST so he could show me that song on cd,( I made a big stink about it) about 3 months later I went to a show he did in Illinois because I wanted to ask him to do a song with me, I was nervous the whole trip..Back in that day I really looked up to those rhymesayers guys, (still do they paved the way for a lot of people like me) after his set he came out to talk to me for awhile, I asked for a verse and to my surprise he agreed. He had given me his number..Which I am sure he wished he hadn't of by the time the song was recorded. Ali was used to people asking him for verses and never following through I am sure..I called him once a week...I bugged the shit out of him. Finally I hooked up a show in Nashville and got the verse recorded the next day. He did it for free. That was a very big thing for me back then and it still helps me sell records. Ali's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, I'm still appreciative to this day...After he did his verse I thanked him and he said "nah man, you MADE that shit happen" and laughed it off. I owe a lot to him.
NT-What equipment are you working with in the studio?
CO-Well, a lot of my stuff you hear is recorded in the same studio that Usher and Mario Winans used. Not because I have the money for that, But because my right hand man and producer works for Big 3 Studios in Florida. I was recording a lot with Nick Gasmena At the Hit Warehouse and he has since moved out to Phoenix, So Im building up my home studio now.
NT-Could you describe your music-making process?
CO-Eric and I take really long to make records. This is a video of some stuff going down...
NT-How have people responded to the music you've have been making?
CO-I get a lot of love. It's surprising,honestly. I take really long to make albums because I want them to sound like ALBUMS. I still have a grip of friends from the success of a record I brought out in 2005 that got re-released on a different label in 2009. I'm extremely lucky for people to still care about me. I promise what I am working on is worth the wait.
CO-You can get it at itunes, amazon, fifth element online...Pretty much all the big ones online.
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