Cassander du Pree popularly known in the music space as Cas du Pree is a Netherlands, Brummen based singer-songwriter who is well versed in the arts of pop music. Cas du Pree has just released an original album titled “Getting To Know Me”. We had a few questions and answers with him. Below are exclusive details on Cas du Pree and his new release.
Continue reading to find out more about this amazing artist.
Photo credits: Lonneke Prins
What’s your official stage name and why did you choose it?
I chose my stage name Cas du Pree since I love my name. I didn’t need to change much from the name I was born with except for shortening it. My full name is Michael Cassander du Pree.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
I always wanted to pursue a career in music. Since the moment I could actually talk. But I took the biggest step towards a music career in 2020 when I wrote my debut single ‘A Better Me ‘
How would you describe the music you typically create?
The music I typically create are pop ballads with a hint of rock and a touch of jazz. But I do love to experiment a lot!
Who (living or dead) inspires you as an artist and why?
My inspiration Comes in many shapes and sizes. Most of them have one thing in common though, they’re British! I love JP Cooper for his honest and pure music. He really shows how simple music can be but still sounds amazing. I also love Sam Smith, Adele, and Elton John.
What’s your creative process like?
My creative process changes a lot. Some songs are easier to create than others. And sometimes when you collaborate, the other party might have a different way of working than I’m used to. So sometimes I start with lyrics, add some chords on the piano and then add a melody. And sometimes it started with a melody which I added music to and then wrote the lyrics.
What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music? Are you surprised by the reactions you get?
This album is different. It’s my first and since it’s autobiographical, I hope people will recognise themselves in my lyrics. Maybe they will even shed a tear, or talk about the topics the album is about. Because not many people might talk about these topics out loud or feel it’s not okay to, but it is.
What is the best advice you’ve been given in relation to music?
It’s OK to take your time. Listen to it a few times before you form your opinion.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
Besides music I like to watch movies or play video games. I also do a bit of video editing nowadays and I love playing with photoshop. I created every cover myself!
What has been the high point of your career so far?
Do I really have to choose 1 high point? I love to celebrate every little step. The moment my debut single came out, or my album that went to print are big highs for me. Also the album release concert. I am not used to having the stage all to myself just yet but I loved every minute of it!
Which musician would you like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Adele. Her personality is so much fun! But I guess if Freddy Mercury was still alive, he’d be one of the artists on my wishlist too.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Equal pay. Whether it’s the same for men and women, or the people working behind the scenes. Also the fact that every streaming service pays their own prices. In my eyes this should not make a difference.
What is this new release about?
This album is a journey from the 1990’s to today. From the loss of my sister Kelly, to having a difficult childhood where I felt I had to be strong for my brother. Also the reason why it took me so long before choosing a music career. I was too insecure and felt I wasn’t good enough. And these are just 3 out of the 10 original songs!
Who and how many people worked on it?
I am grateful for everyone who worked with me on this album. It’s a truly international piece of art! LA based Will Everett co wrote one of the songs. Sandra de Bruin, who is a friend and gifted pianist, recorded a few tracks and created the music for one of the songs. Also Dutch Producer Frans Rinsma produced a few songs, and even sang some backings on the album. Just like his wife Danielle Rinsma. She also started the music for one of the songs that British producer and songwriter Arron Storey completed. Arron and I co wrote a lot and eventually recorded in studio du cerisier in Toulouse with Sebastien Haby as mix engineer. Jack Hardman also mingled in 2 of the songs before Russ Hepworth-Sawyer from Mottosound mastered the final mixes.
What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?
Right now I am making sure that I fully enjoy my time off after creating this album. I have been working on it for over 2 years and I feel like I need some time to replenish my energy. Also I need this time to evaluate what path I will take next. But I have been writing new material and I can’t wait to release it!
If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
Don’t let anyone tell you, you aren’t good enough. If it feels right, follow that path and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.