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Casi: "I try to make music that allows people to feel deeply and widely..."

23 December 2016, 11:06 | Written by Laurence Day

Shimmering newcomer Casi tells us about her pop roots and musical aims as she gets ready to play our new music festival next month.

Raised in North Wales, speaking only Welsh until age eleven, but now based in Hackney – and signed to the impressive Chess Club (MØ, Skott) – Casi is a tantalising prospect, showing with just one AA-side that she has the chops to dominate. It's still early days, but when the early days are as grand as this you know the next steps are well worth keeping both eyes on.

Casi's monumental "Lion" track, with all the fanged pop stabs and silvery vocals, is one of our Fifty Essential Tracks Of The Year - find out what else we think made 2016 such a great year for music.

Listen to the roaring beast below, and get to know Casi a bit better after.

Could you introduce yourselves for us please?

Hello, I'm Casi.

What do you try to do with your music and how do you achieve this?

I try to make music that allows people to feel deeply and widely. I also just want people to have a good time.

Can you tell us what musical and non-musical influences have shaped your sound?

I was around nine years old when I started really loving pop music. I'd spend most of my evenings watching Destiny's Child and Timbaland videos. Then came Nelly Furtado, and later when I was 17, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" came out and the album made me feel very connected to everything. It was through these kind of pure pop albums that I started falling in love with melodies and songs.

What should people expect from your Five Day Forecast show?

Staying generally sunny, with occasional spells of snow, mist or fog. Southerly winds, helping keep temperatures mild for new beginnings.

What are you working on now/next?

I'll be releasing my new single in February that I wrote and co-produced, it's called "The Beast".

How is 2017 shaping up? What are you looking forward to next year?

Performing live. Releasing songs. I'm also curating a soundscapes exhibition at the National Eisteddfod later in 2017, which I'm very excited about.

Casi plays our new music festival, the Five Day Forecast, on 11 January with Nilüfer Yanya and Ardyn. Get your tickets now.
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