Almost An Artist
Almost An Artist is the fruit of Julian Cassia who is "sort of from England, sort of from Lebanon, and very much, sort of, from France." He now lives between Toronto and NYC. Almost An Artist concocts tracks which he performs as a multi-instrumentalist, writer, engineer and producer, by himself in his studio where he works as a film composer and producer. Almost An Artist plays a vast array of instruments including guitars, drums, percussion, keyboards, clarinet and GuitarViol, a one-of-a-kind hybrid that closely resembles a violin in timbre. The identity of his music recalls tonalities of Phoenix, Blur, The Police, Gotye, The Kings of Convenience, Jose Gonzales, Milan Kundera, Depeche Mode and Royskopp. The sound is something of an indie rock, electronic, amalgamation. Julian Cassia has worked on several award-winning Music Production and Film Music. His music film credits include The Traveler (2016) and Man with Van (2017). He holds a dual degree from the Berklee College of Music in Music Synthesis and Film Scoring, as well as a Master's in Composition from NYU. Julian is fluent in English and French, and possesses a working knowledge of Arabic, Italian and Spanish. Almost An Artist will be featured on That Summer, Volume 2 , a sizzling summer compilation album hosting the best independent artists, from around the world, in multiple genres.
1. What is the name of the song you have featured on That Summer, Volume 2 ? How does your song remind you of summer or how does it fit into a summer album?
The song is called "The Sound of Summer" and feels to me like the emotions I associate with Summer. It's hard to explain, and should be listened to. It just feels that way.
2. What is the inspiration behind your song? Or what is your song about?
"The Sound of Summer" is about the finding of your significant other, as a force and/or energy, that has returned to you after a lengthy hiatus. It is a musical metaphor for enduring the winter, and the feeling of release when you finally find your life partner. Musically, it is light, driving, energized and excited, much like the feeling you get when the summer finally rolls around!
3. How did you write your featured song? Or can you describe your songwriting process?
I wrote the first part years ago, and I never found a lyric that suited until I met my partner. It then came together in this way. I showed her the final product and she didn't like the chorus. Being that the song was for her, I eventually rewrote the chorus so she'd like it.
4. Of every song you have ever written, what is your favorite and why?
Oh man ... I absolutely, unequivocally don't have a favourite. It's like having a favourite food!! Each offers an alternative subset of emotions, and I can't ever imagine living through one emotional state only. They all complement each other so much!
5. Who or what has inspired you most in your music career?
When I hear a song that is perfectly crafted. It energizes me to the extremes.
6. Tell us where you live and what the music scene is like there?
I live now in Toronto, but I don't know it very well. I've been living in NYC for over a decade until recently, and prior to that, Boston, and prior to that in Lebanon, and prior to that, in the UK, and prior to that, in France. I don't know any place as well as I know NYC. I feel the scene in NYC is flailing though, due to the high costs of living. You got to be wealthy to live there. Still though, it is very exciting and at a very high and sophisticated level!
7. Do you have any advice for new independent artists who are just starting out?
Uff. Be ready for an uphill battle. I write music for film, a sector of the music industry where people think they'll be able to capitalize within, but even there, the competition is fierce and budgets are shrinking. This industry, is not AT ALL for the faint of hearts. Still, there's a way to make it work, but it's worth a serious think about whether or not you're ready to give up many of life's comforts.
8. What are your plans for the summer? Doing anything fun and exciting?
I am currently developing my niece's project, "Japan, Man," which we're about to sign a deal for. It's super exciting. I will also be playing shows and working on other projects, such as my own, one of which will be a feature film I am to score. I love scoring films.
9. What’s coming up in the future
"Japan, Man" seems poised to do very well - check out the title track "Stop Staring" on the Streamingz - and I will be releasing other songs of mine, without end in sight.
10. Tell us where fans can access your music.