Editor’s Note: Recently, rising pop/singer-songwriter CASSANDRA released her single entitled “Drinking Games”. Do not be mistaken, this is not your typical party song. This song has an underlying message about female empowerment with the message “no means no”. At Madness To Creation, we will promote anything that has to do with female empowerment and the like. While cutting her teeth in the industry, Cassandra is currently attending the New England Conservatory of Music, where she is studying classical music and opera. In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Cassandra discusses her single “Drinking Games”, along with mental health awareness and her influences in music. Fans can find Cassandra at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: I love how the song “Drinking Games” is about female empowerment. Take us into the song and what inspired you to write it?
Cassandra: I’m glad you felt that empowerment in my song. That’s exactly what I was going for. My friends and I have had many experiences of meeting guys who are only interested in contacting us late at night or when they’re drunk. Whenever I receive a message like this, I make sure the guy knows I’m not interested. My team and I worked together to write a song about this while highlighting the inner security a person must have to turn down a late night text and instead search for meaningful relationships.
Hookup culture is very popular today but I don’t find it to be a compelling idea. I would much rather stand up for myself and wait for someone who really wants to know ME than to find a quick fix for affection. Along with this, no matter the circumstance, if I’m only appealing to someone when they’re drunk, I feel that they’ve missed everything about my personality and my values and therefore I don’t want to waste either of our time.
Madness To Creation: Most challenging and rewarding aspects about working in the studio.
Cassandra: The most challenging part of working in the studio has to be the travel time to get there and time constraints in the studio. I go to school remotely for opera at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, currently live in Jacksonville, FL due to the pandemic, and record in Nashville, TN. The 9 hour drive and weekend trips to the studio are certainly taxing, but I’m grateful for zoom writes and for my wonderful parents who travel with me. Also, while I’m in the studio, I know that I only have one weekend and a limited number of hours to do everything perfectly. I definitely feel the pressure of the time constraint but am grateful to have writers and a producer that appreciate vocal health and help make the studio time productive and efficient.
The most rewarding aspect about working in the studio would have to be learning and growing with my producer, Scott Griffin, and with my writers, Bryan Ruby, Fran Litterski, and Cole Miracle. Every day I spend working with them helps me become a better artist and musician, and I am always learning from them. Watching this song come to life in the studio and being allowed to bring my own personality into the songs while recording was exciting. I am grateful to have a team that supports my artistic visions while collaborating with me to improve my artistry.
Madness To Creation: Will there be a music video to coincide with the single release?
Cassandra: Yes, I’ll be releasing a lyric music video soon, and if an opportunity arises to create a full music video in the future, I’ll do that too!
Madness To Creation: At Madness To Creation, we talk about mental health awareness, how does standing up for yourself impact your mental health?
Cassandra: Standing up for myself is the best decision I make to vouch for my own happiness. I am a people pleaser at heart, and although this often creates happy, positive scenarios, it can also cause a lot of upset for me. Being a people pleaser leaves me being very vulnerable and when people don’t reciprocate that, it can be difficult. Trying to stay true to my inner desire to treat others with kindness while keeping true to my own values and happiness can be a struggle, but it’s worth it. I get invigorated by taking a stand for what I believe in and controlling the situations I put myself in. Drinking Games is a clear indicator of that. Although I am upset with the guy in the song, I’m also empowered and find joy in saying no to something that I know would hurt me.
Madness To Creation: Vaccines are around the corner, what’s Cassandra going to do when it’s safe for all of us?
Cassandra: I have two plans! I am going to travel to see family and friends. I miss them too much! As for my second plan, I’m going to perform live. I want to give my fans an experience to connect and join in sharing my artistic message. Nothing makes me happier than performing in person and seeing people’s reactions. I’m grateful for the online performance opportunities I’ve had, but I’m looking forward to connecting with my audience live in the future.
Madness To Creation: How have you adjusted promoting yourself and your social media given the Covid-19 pandemic?
Cassandra: I have spent FAR more time on social media than ever before. I’m very active on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook @youknowcassandra! You can find pictures, singing videos, and other content on my pages. I also have a mailing list on my website, cassandraofficialmusic.com, where you can find monthly updates directly from me. My next plans for social media are to grow my hashtag, #cassandrasings, and to build a larger community of people who want to focus on finding real relationships and spreading strength and kindness throughout the world. Rick Barker and his podcast have been very influential in my social media process and Evan Price has opened my eyes to the world of Clubhouse, a new networking app. I’m very excited to have advice and support from them as I continue growing my community.
Madness To Creation: What’s next for Cassandra? Any livestreams or what else would you like to add?
Cassandra: I livestream regularly on my TikTok if you’d like to tune in! Otherwise, I’m releasing an EP throughout the beginning of 2021 and am working on a few summer releases. I hope to go to Nashville again in January to record the summer songs!
Madness To Creation: Thank you very much for your time to interview with me for Madness To Creation!
Cassandra: Thank you for having me! I hope you continue enjoying Drinking Games and stay tuned for another release in February!
And there you have it! Also, check out her single entitled “Wicked Ways” via Spotify and follow her and give her a few streams!