Interview – Cassie Steele

By: Jenna Melanson

You may recognize the name, Cassie Steele, as she played Manny Santos on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and has also been in The L.A. Complex. She released her EP, “Patterns” on August 12, 2014. You can see a review done by former Canadian Beats writer, Emily Thomson here:

If you are looking to find out more about this multi-talented Canadian artist, here’s your chance as I had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with her.

First off, I have to ask what made you make the switch from acting to singing?

CS: It was never really a “switch”, I put my first full album out when I was 14. So I guess you can say… I’ve been unsuccessfully juggling the two for over a decade.

Do you find your fans from Degrassi and The L.A. Complex have stayed with you through the years? And have they now become fans of your music?

CS: Degrassi was a massive help with exposure, since I had done little else before that. I’m so so thankful it connected me to the people who have supported me to this day.

You released your EP, “Patterns” on August 12, how was the response?

CS: Patterns is so different from a lot else I’ve done, so I wasn’t really expecting anything. But amazingly, the response has been really great, which takes me back to expressing how thankful I am for the people who support me. They gave it a chance and I love them for that.

What is your favourite song off of your EP? Which song has the most meaning to you?

CS: Sick is probably my favorite, but dreams is something that I probably connect with most even though I don’t like to admit it. I felt really vulnerable when I wrote it, I don’t think I’ve ever been so honest with myself in a song. Probably why it’s actually my LEAST favorite haha.

The video for your single, “Mad” was released on May 5, you are used to be on screen, but was it a different experience doing a music video? What was the highlight of the video shoot?

CS: I’ve shot a few music videos before, the first one being “Mr. Colson” from my last album a while ago. It’s a very different experience playing yourself and connecting to your own work in front of people, especially with the constant start and stops that are inevitable with shooting. The highlight of shooting MAD was probably the glitter fight. It was EVERYWHERE…We rented out someone’s backyard to film it, they were so mad.

When can fans expect a new video?

CS: “Games” from my EP was released, and we’ll be releasing an official video for “Dreams” in the near future as well.

Can fans expect a full Canadian tour anytime soon?

CS: I hope so, right now we’re planning for spring 2015

Since Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who is your favourite Canadian band or artist?

CS: Ah! Does it have to be one??? I really love Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene… Cults, Stars, Purity Ring, The Boom Boom, Crystal Castles, Death from Above, illscarlett, DWW, Trouble and Daughter, deadmau5….

Is there any other Canadian artist that you would like to collaborate with?

CS: Purity Ring

Will you continue to act as well as pursue music?

CS: Yes, I’ll continue both. Sometimes one will take priority for a while, but the intention is to be active in both simultaneously

What is your current go-to song?

CS: Take me to church- Hozier …or Hurricane – Ms Mr

What was the first album you ever bought?

CS: Probably a Much Music dance mix. Those were awesome.

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want to have with you?

CS: Tomahawk, Chakram, and everlasting gobstoppers

What is your guilty pleasure?

CS: Doing nothing.

Simply because I used to be a big fan of Degrassi: The Next Generation, I have to ask who your favourite character (other than your own) was on the show?

CS: Ellie was pretty cool… so was Craig.

Following along the Degrassi theme, what was the highlight of being on the show for you?

CS: I have really cool stories to tell at dinner parties.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

CS: Thanks to everyone who’s ever supported me and although I haven’t met many of you, just know my appreciation and love runs so deeply. I am truly thankful

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