Finding music for our magic show: An interview with producer CasueL.

Casual Beyond Reality

After being able to get exclusive rights to CasueL’s captivating music for our upcoming magic and illusion show, I thought it would be great to have a quick chat to CasueL to ask him about his music. Enjoy the read!

Tell us about yourself? How did you get started in music?

I started off messing around trying to make hip hop and RNB beats in 2004, listening back to them now I’d have to say they were pretty terrible to say the least hah. It was just a hobby which I never dedicated much of myself too or took seriously at all, but I had a lot of fun doing it. I even recorded a few local hip hop artists and singers, I was fortunate to have some of my music featured on mixtapes around America as well.

I had a long break from dabbling with hip hop & RNB production, and music in general from about 2007-2012. A friend played me some tunes by Skrillex & 12th Planet, and I was immediately hooked. The really ‘out there’ sound design captivated me, and it was quite literally the moment when I said to myself “This is the type of music I want to be making.”

How would you describe your music and where do you find inspiration for your tracks?

My music borders between Dubstep & Trap music, it’s actually got it’s own name now known as ‘Hybrid’. I try and bring a certain type of experience to a track i make, being a huge movie and video games fan, I love flicks like Evil Dead, Transformers, and games like Silent Hill, Crysis, Mortal Kombat etc, and I tend grab samples and thematic ideas from them and put them into my music. I try to create a theme for each one so that I can drag people into it while they listen. Dark, eerie, horror is really something I’m infatuated about and I think you can hear that come through in a lot of my stuff!

Who are your biggest influences in music?

My biggest Influence at the moment would have to be Lumberjvck, he’s a bass music producer from LA and he really puts a lot of work into his sound design while still making the song sound really melodic, and he also makes some dark, ambient intros to go with it as well. Another two artists I look up to are Antiserum & Mayhem, they’re a trap music duo from the states (San Franciscio & Atlanta) thier stage presence and the way they get the crowd going is something a truly admire, and on top of that they are two of the most humble and ego free guys I’ve met in the scene, and I think those a great qualities to have in order to get you anywhere, with whatever it is you aspire to be.

What’s next for CasueL?

I’ve been pretty fortunate over the last 3 years, I’ve played main stages at Future Music festival twice now, with the likes of The Prodigy, Die Antwoord & Knife Party, my music has claimed top 10 positions on charts such as Beatport, EDM.com and Triple J Unearthed, including a Number 1 hit this year with  ‘Let Me Go’ which I coproduced with my good friend Naysu. So I’m grateful for what I’ve achieved in this time, but I’m very determined to push my music further! So I have a few things on the side I’m working on at the moment, including some music for a video game called Unreal Tournament, and I also have some new music about to release on an American based label called Pantheon.

And of course, I never thought I’d ever be asked for my music to be featured in a magic show either, so I’m honoured that you guys hit me up to be a part of it! And I really look forward to seeing it all come to life!  I feel truly blessed right now! Bring on Beyond Reality!

Please find CasueL’s music at http://soundcloud.com/casuel-1

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