How did you first get into DJ-ing and producing?
One of my friends showed me this crappy DJ software called Virtual DJ. I used that for a while, then started producing in proper Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and DJ-ing soon after that. It was always through friends.
What is the Australian electronic dance scene like at the moment?
I think it's in a pretty good place! It was pretty great in 2007 during the electro trend but went downhill quite a lot after that. It's beginning to recover now and people are starting to pay attention to new sounds in house, disco and techno. There is a bunch of great new guys and also a bunch of older guys returning to a more organic sound.
Is there something about the scene that you like or dislike?
My only qualm with Australia is the constant requests you can get at some clubs. Dubstep, Afrojack, Tiësto, David Guetta. I think a lot of Australians have a pretty cheesy taste in music. That said, most of the clubs I play at, people are really open and just keen to party as long as the music is good!
What are you currently working on?
Well, my new EP has just come out so I'm taking a short break from producing my own original stuff. I've got a few remixes in the works. I've started a new project with Shazam, and we're going under the name "Country Club." Expect to hear more about that really soon! You’ve done remixing duties for the likes of Miami Horror, Classixx and Empire of the Sun.
What is your production process like? Do you have some weird-ass ritual?
First of all I drink a bottle of whiskey, then I take off all my clothes and the rest is history. No, it’s pretty mundane; I usually start out with a musical idea or with the drums and then go from there. It usually involves a bit of dancing and fist pumping at certain stages. I'd describe the whole process as an emotional rollercoaster. I think anyone who makes music or any other kind of art would understand what I mean!
Where were some of your most memorable sets?
There have been quite a few! Opening for Calvin Harris at a festival in Australia, a Bang Gang records night we once had and a few of the gigs I just did in the US and Europe.
What’s your idea of the perfect set?
Just to have the crowd loving every song you play. If it's a headline set then to start off where the previous DJ left off (presuming they did a good warm up set) and slowly build it to a peak. Then bring it back down a little and end with a classic. Two nights ago in Milano my last track was "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones.
What can we expect from your gig here?
Mainly house and disco and lots of new stuff that you won't be able to hear anywhere else! Also some awesome new dance moves that I've been perfecting over the last few months.
Cassian will be helming the decks on Mar 25, 10pm. Zirca, #01-02/05 Blk. C The Cannery, Clarke Quay, River Valley Rd., 6333-4168. $15-28 includes two drinks.