CASSICUS On Retro-Futuristic-Neon-Dance-Pop

Emerging electro-pop artist CASSICUS – aka Ben Scott – presents stellar debut single Torn

Hi CASSICUS! How are you today?

Hi FM! Drinking coffee and listening to Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush. So that’s a damn good day so far. I never really understood Tame Impala before this album, but now I’m obsessed – it’s perfection. Literally everything I love in music.

What’s your debut single Torn all about?

Torn is about the pressures on relationships as a musician. I’ve seen dozens of relationships collapse because of this job. Like with most of my songs, I draw from blend of personal experience, and the experience of people I care about. I not a writer who speaks 100% from my own mind. I like to jump into the mindset of other people and explore it a little – it helps give me new viewpoints and angles to approach new lyrical narratives from even if I’ve not directly experienced them.

Who are your biggest influences?

As a writer, for me it all started with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys). As a drummer, Ian Paice (Deep Purple). So I guess Wilson’s super economic and highly melodic writing, and the rhythmic power of Paice both find their way into my writing. If it has a killer melody, and a great rhythm, then I’m happy. Everything else needs to just wrap around it.

Describe your sound in five words:

Retro-futuristic-neon-dance-pop.

If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to write with Christine and the Queens. She’s unbelievably good – her attention to detail is second to none; her music is so clear and beautifully sparse. I would be a total mess for the first hour of the session though, so once I’d gotten over the fanboying, and if she hadn’t walked out of the room already, I think we’d write a great tune.  

How have you kept yourself entertained during lockdown?

Writing, producing, practicing. Literally the same things I do anyway when not touring, so I’ve been having the time of my life. It’s a really strange feeling, to be having such a creatively productive time, yet surrounded by such darkness in the world. I’m not sure how to make sense of it all yet, but I think in years to come we’ll all look back at this period with a deeper understanding of how it completely changed the trajectory of all our lives as individuals, and as a collective.

You’ve also played drums for the likes of Ed Sheeran and Tom Walker previously, how did that come about?

I’ve been unbelievably lucky in my drumming carrier. In the case of recording with Ed Walker, I was hired by producer Charlie Hugall (Tom Grennan, Florence and the Machine, Dermot Kennedy) to go and track live drums to what was a fairly stripped back demo of You Need Me (I Don’t Need You). They liked what we did and it made the cut! For Tom Walker, I joined the ‘B Team’ of musicians, who step up when the main band members are unable to make a show. It’s a really smart way of managing a project – it keeps the artist protected, but maintains a core team of musicians who understand the show. I love playing for Tom, he’s a fantastic guy and an incredible musician to share the stage with.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I’ve just sent me second single off for mix, which I’ll be releasing in Aug/Sept. I live for performing music live though so I really wanna get a show in before the year is out!

Where can we find you online?

I’m an Insta guy, so HMU on @CassicusPop.

Any last words?

Oh yeah, I made a COVID-budget music video for my song Torn with the last £25 I had during May. It’s super dumb but I had a lot of fun making it. It went live the other day, so check it out below

By FM