An interview + exclusive shoot with the Essex screamo singer-songwriter + producer
Laviea Thomas
20:24 20th April 2021

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Having blown up on TikTok with mammoth covers of Mother Mothers ‘Hayloft’ (9 million views), Oliver Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License (7 million views), and Muse’s ‘Supermassive Black Hole (3 million views) - Cassyette has caught the attention of an impressive spread of tastemakers. Demonstrating effortless gutturalsand sweet falsetto notes both, Cassyette is blinding us with all that she has to offer on these covers. It’s fair to say that we’re itching to hear more.   

Cassyette's inspiration for her aesthetic - as well as in the music that she writes and produces herself - is spread far and wide, from music, to fashion, to film. Discussing these things, she tells us, I have a lot of rock and roll influences, I wear a lot of lairy prints, that’s my glam rock aesthetic. I watch a lot of movies, I love Michelle Rodriguez in the Fast and Furious movies, and Tank Girl.” 

But when it comes to music, Cassyette details that her influences “definitely range from metal, to grunge, to futurism and hip-hop. I’m loving what Kim Dracula and Machine Gun Kelly are doing at the moment. But I also have older influences like Paramore, Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless, Korn, Nirvana – just all your classics.”  

Having not long released her single ‘Dear Goth’ the influence detailed therein are still fresh in Cassyette's mind. That influence? A multitude of traumas. “Dear Goth,’ is a bit of a complicated thing, because it has so many meanings. The songs I’ve put out so far all come from experiences of trauma from the past year. I was brought up in a really religious family, my dad’s family are Catholic, but my mums’ side aren’t. also went to a really religious all-girls convent high school. There were a lot of choices that I never got to make when I was younger. I definitely feel like I went through a bit of brainwashing at that school, and that’s one of the elements in Dear Goth. As I got older, I decided I was an atheist, and so when I went through my trauma of last year it made me realise: I really found comfort in having something to worship. Yet I didn’t have anything. I had to make something up. And that’s exactly what ‘Dear Goth is.” 

A celebration of overcoming your own demons and rioting against anyone who might try and dictate your path for you, ‘Dear Goth’ is the only teaching we’ll be going off of from here onwards.  

Breaking some very exciting news, Cassyette tells us, I’m working on a lot of music that’s waiting to come out and live its life.” She continues, “I’m really excited: it’s been a project I’ve been working on for two years now. I’m super excited about releasing the next single I’m dropping. I think people are either going to love it or hate it. It’s definitely a crazy sound!"  

This September, Cassyette has a headline show in London, and having spent the last 13 months in lockdown, she emphasises her excitement to get back out there and perform. I’m so excited for this show, I feel like it’s going to be absolutely mentalI’ve been working a lot on my own and doing some things over zoom. The solidary side of lockdown has actually really made me work harder on my lyrics - I’ve been able to go deeper with my music. As cliché as it sounds, I think lockdown has been quite therapeutic for me, but I’m really excited to be able to go to festivals, and experience gigs again. 

See Tom Russell's exclusive shoot with Cassyette in the gallery below.

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Photo: Tom Russell