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Cassandra Michaels (Artist Review)

Written by Maggie Sapet (VIC)

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LA-based pop music artist, Cassandra Michaels might have a single called Toxic, but she is very much not toxic. Her music is trendy pop – it has an urban vibe to it and is equal parts edgy, catchy and current. There is also a feeling of imperfection, truth and sensuality coming from a young lady who has wanted to be a musician for as long as she can remember – there is even an old picture of Michaels at her kindergarten career day dressed up as a singer. She has always loved music and loved to sing and that is ultimately what has inspired her to pursue it as a career; it wasn’t a specific artist or person but instead it was her love of music and how it makes her feel.

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Cassandra Michaels

Cassandra Michaels


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The trendy pop artist understandably has many influences that shape her sound. She professes a love for Katy Perry, with her cliché pop sound  and the overall vision the artist has of her projects. Michaels views Beyonce in a similar fashion and respects the way she’s taking music and creating visual art along with it. This journey Beyonce takes her fans on is what Michaels believes to be the future of music – not just something to listen to, but bigger, grander visual representations. Michaels listens to as many artists and genres as possible and her options are limitless – take TwentyOne Pilots for example – the perfect mix of multiple genres. The music freedom they express in their music is something Michaels would like to explore in her own.

 

Toxic was alluded to earlier and it is the latest track by Michaels, it is also one of her all-time favourite songs she’s released. It is truthful and straightforward in its way it tells the tale of a bad relationship Michaels was herself in. It was a really dark time in her life and she had to fight to get out of it. Michaels wanted to write a song about that time, but she didn’t want to make it about the guy and instead the track is all about her – her strength and her fight to take control of her life again. The track is much darker in comparisons to her previously released tracks in Drive and Let’s Go.

Those tracks are much more carefree and danceable. Yet what they have in common is that they are about empowerment in their own way. It is easy to see how Michaels own life inspires her song writing then. Sometimes she will be going through something or see someone close to her going through something. Personal life experiences that touch her in some way and that she wants to share ultimately inform her song lyrics.

 

Michaels simply cannot imagine her life without music, but she does have an interest in health and nutrition so could see herself possibly pursuing something in that field if music was off the table. However, not much can beat the recording process of her current project. She walked into the studio with talented producers and writers without a plan for the songs – no tracks, no inspiration; nothing. In the space of four hours though, a track was created – wrote the lyrics and recorded the final vocal; everything was done. The following day, she, the producers and writers returned to the studio and the process happened all over again and the next day it happened again. The studio vibes felt right and just clicked, it was truly a feeling like no other.

 

The next step for Michaels is a tour and she is understandably excited about the prospect of combining two of her favourite things – music and travelling. Perhaps it would not be a stretch to one day see Michaels performing on the famed Coachella stage, an environment that oozes cool and would suit the LA native perfectly.

 

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Maggie Sapet (VIC)

November 10th, 2016

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Maggie Sapet (VIC)

VIC, Australia Ever since I can remember I've wanted to be a music journalist. Plenty of people I say this to try to tell me that such a job doesn't exist. I aim to prove them wrong and continually aspire to be the best music journalist I can be. I completed a Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne in 2013 and now I'm 100% focussed on becoming a music journalist, in saying that though I'll be the most untraditional of journalists. I write the way I speak and I like it that way. I hope to showcase independent/unsigned Aussie & sometimes international bands and artists. In saying that though, I'd also love the opportunity to speak with acts signed to the majors too. The dream is to interview the bands who mean the world to me, for their music and everything they stand for as well as who they are as people - Fall Out Boy and Mallory Knox! It will happen one day, I truly believe that! "Where words fail, music speaks" - Hans Christian Andersen

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