Sam Casey unveils an Alex Exists Remix of “New Company” (Interview)

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Sam Casey releases “New Company” Alex Exists Remix along with a music video

Drunk dialing your ex — or, worse, that person with whom you were just in a situationship — is never ever a good idea. And while Toronto pop songstress Sam Casey knows that, first she’s going to wrestle with it for a while (like we all do) in her soulful and starkly honest new single, “New Company” – already available but now has a new remix, courtesy of Alex Exists.

Directed by Agata Waclawska, Sam Casey and Alex Exists have collaborated on a new music video for the song, a widescreen epic version of the song from Sam’s current EP, New Company.

Slow, smooth, sassy, soul ballad-y, and fresh from her New Company EP, the song eventually comes to the foregone conclusion that the embattled narrator needs to find a new man. But just for tonight, she sits with her phone in her lap and fights with herself and an absent paramour –

“Well, the clock strikes one
And I’m pissed drunk
I want to call, but I know I’ll fall
Back into your arms
Where I feel most calm
But you’ll mess it up like you’ve always done”

As the predictable predicament plays out in her head, she eventually decides, ‘So, I want some new company/ I want some new company/ Yeah, I want some new company.’ There’s ambiguity blurring at the edges, however, and so we’re not entirely sure – and the narrator might not be either – whether this is what she truly wants.

Because of just how realistically Casey captures this internal monologue, it’s not surprising that it’s based on one of her actual experiences.

“‘New Company’ was written in my university dorm room,” she says. “I was involved with someone at the time, and we mainly saw each other after 1:00 in the morning. I was hoping for something more and, after a few months, I realized that he was never going to give me what I needed in a relationship.”

One of her diary entries became the inspiration for the lyrics, and an interesting beat she had found on the Internet served as the catalyst.

“I voice-recorded myself singing the page from my diary over the beat and showed my best girlfriends that night,” Casey recalls. “That diary entry became the chorus of “New Company” and prompted me to pull from my journals for almost every song I’ve written since then.”

“New Company” comes with a freshly minted official music video — an experience that felt surreal to create, the Toronto-based artist reveals.

“This being my first music video for an original song, I was extremely excited to place a visual to my lyrics for new and old listeners,” she shares. “In the video, we feature the more melodramatic aspects of my character as she leaves a fight with her ‘wheel’ and drives home through the city only to see an angel-like figure — untamed and floating through the street — near the end of her trip.”

In all, going through the process of turning her feelings into both a song and video allowed her to move on from the crappy situationship — as well as the low self-esteem the one-sided fling had engendered.

“Since I wrote ‘New Company,’ I’ve been in three somewhat healthy relationships,” she reveals. “I can confidently say that, as soon as I started really loving myself and looking in the mirror like, ‘Oh girl, you are so funky and fresh today’ or ‘Damn, Sam, your personality is super unique, and that’s a GOOD thing,’ I was truly able to demand what I deserved and not be afraid to lose someone if they couldn’t give that to me.”

Watch the music video for the Alex Exists Remix of “New Company” below, and learn more about Sam Casey via our mini-interview.

Hello again, how have you been since we last featured the original version of “New Company”?

Hellooooo, Canadian Beats! I have been hard at work trying to get more music out for everybody’s precious ears. I recently played a show at The Garrison on August 17th and will be back to perform there again with Alex Exists and John Orpheus on October 13th!! I am so excited for this show, I absolutely love both of these artists, and the vibes between all three of us are so easygoing and family-like. If you want to hear a mix of Rock, Afro-pop, and Pop-Punk, you will be coming to the right show.

How did you meet Alex Exists? What drew you to him remixing the song?

I met Alex Exists through PopGuru Sound & Vision, specifically through Graham Stairs. I was right away drawn to his rockstar attitude and style of music. When Graham inquired about Alex remixing New Company, I was thrilled to see what he would come up with. He did NOT disappoint. Alex’s remix gives me a Bond girl vibe, and I love to sing that version alone and pretend that I am a Bond girl in front of the mirror. If you come to the show at The Garrison on October 13th, you will be able to see all of that mirror practice come to fruition.

Is there a remix of a song that you absolutely love?

The version of “I dreamt we spoke again,” originally by Death Cab for Cutie, remixed by Louis the Child, is an amazing song. Totally ethereal vibes that I love to dance to. I also love the Calvin Harris remix of When You Were Young, originally by The Killers, and lastly, I LOVE the Loud Luxury remix of “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK,” originally by Joji.

What’s the one song that will get you out on the dancefloor?

I honestly think this also may be a remix or at least a rework of a song, but FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Bea Miller and Aminé just draws me to the dancefloor. I MUST give an honorable mention to Cold Heart by Dua Lipa and Elton John, though like that song is actually happiness and good vibes.

Let’s pretend it’s Friday night, and you get to DJ your own set at a club. What are a few songs you’ll be playing?

I’m gonna list it because it feels right.

Dancing Time
Cold Heart – Dua Lipa, Elton John
Fill Me In – Loud Luxury
Where are U now – Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Beiber
Valentino Khan – Pump
Raingurl – Yaeji
Gypsy Woman – RobbieG Remix
Singing Time
Knowing Me, Knowing You – ABBA
Beasts of Burden – Rolling Stones
All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
The Logical Song – Supertramp
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

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