Cas Du Pree Exclusive
The man himself comes to Electric Music Magazine to tell us about his career so far,somethings you may not know and what is to come.
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
When I was about 5 years old the music simply got to me. After hearing Celine Dion I was hooked and my love for ballads was born. I always wanted to go to a school for singing and dancing but my parents held me back since there was no future in music whatsoever.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
My inspirations are quite diverse. For example:
Elton John – For being his true self and his way of working when creating a new song.
Sam Smith – For really singing his heart out and reaching so many other people that can relate to his lyrics.
JP Cooper – His voice and music are sick. Pure and modest.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
Most people don’t know that even without schooling you can get there. I only started singing lessons until I was 20, and even started piano lessons and lessons to read sheet music only last year. My favourite cuisine is definitely Italian. You can’t go wrong there! The last thing you might not know about me is that I like gaming. I am somewhat addicted to GuildWars 2!
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I only have 1 song out this far. But I do think this describes me quite well actually. It’s a song about the past and talking to your younger self. You might have become insecure on the road to where you’re at now but don’t let those insecurities get in the way and keep you from doing what you truly love.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
The best gig I have done is one of the most emotional ones. I sang in a church with amazing acoustics at someone’s funeral. I was also accompanied by the talented friend and pianist Sandra de Bruin.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
This is a no-brainer. I am very much in love with London and my dream gig would be to play an entire concert of my own music in the Royal Albert Hall! That place is pure magic.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
My biggest achievement is settling down I guess. The moment I met my husband life went forward. He also inspired me to follow my dreams in music and always triggers me to get better and think bigger. And when I think too big for his taste? He is also there to tone me down a notch. Haha! I hope we can have many more years and perhaps celebrate our 50th anniversary.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
The moment you are done with a final show and it suddenly hits you. Standing there with people that became friends. One time we were so emotional that we all started dancing and singing while the men were dressed as women and vice versa. We were so pumped that everything we sung was really terrible. We didn’t care and just went along with it. We had a blast!
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
I like to experiment with different things and being creative. The fact that you can speak from the heart and tell stories on the way that people can actually relate to. Releasing a song that is personal gives a lot of stress but also brings some sort of freedom.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I still have a part-time job next to music. Being in music costs a lot of time and money and I simply cannot live from my music (yet). From Monday to Thursday I work at a large accounting software company as 2nd line specialist so I guess that would be my job full time if I wasn’t in music.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
The best concert I have seen live was the concert of Sam Smith. That guy is amazing to see live! Also the concert of Florence and the Machine in the Royal Albert Hall is superb! You have to check it out on YouTube.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
I have never been a big fan of festivals. I am more a guy for intimate concerts. So lets say we have a concert line up with different artists; I would like to start of with the mesmerizing voice and music of the Dutch band Haevn and then go on with JP Cooper. Next in line would be Sam Smith and perhaps finish it off with powerhouse Sia to keep it diverse and finish off BIG!
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Don’t try too hard but set goals. If you want to aim for the stars… Why don’t you aim higher?
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
True happiness is having a chill night on the sofa with some wine, good music or a movie with some friends. And some snacks are much needed as well. It really annoys me when my agenda is packed for months without having a night like this for too long. That’s my queue to start to plan better.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I like to game online and having drinks and food with friends. Also decorating and changing up the house is what I like to do. Since I am quite handy, I do a lot of the fixing and changing in and around the house myself.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
We can’t live without internet these days. Without it I wouldn’t be able to record my vocals and send them to my producer Frans Rinsma. We can do much more work in a smaller amount of time without actually having to meet up. It speeds up the processes. Social media can be a good thing. When you have fans in multiple countries you can still connect and let them know who you are as a person or artists without having to go there in person. Also it helps to do a bit of marketing and connecting to other artists for collaboration without spending too much money. The downside is that social media can be very time consuming and harsh. Before you know it, you’re swiping through Instagram 50 times a day. Other people can be harsh and bully people via socials. That is NOT done by the way!
How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
It is important and some people might want to try and change your image. For me most important thing is that people can relate without being so surreal. I don’t want people to have a low self esteem because of the unreal beauty standard. Just keep it real.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I have the logo of my A Capella vocal group tattooed in my right wrist. It looks like soundwaves. It’s not just for the group but is also a symbol for following my dreams and taking that next step in music. I also have a tattoo on my hip of 2 wings. I got that one for my little sister that past away when I was young.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I think I would create some sort of fund for the arts. The arts should be available for everyone but not everyone has the fund to learn music. So maybe a fund that gives low income families the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. Everyone deserves a hobby!
What would your ideal day consist of?
My day starts with lots of coffee. Always! Checking some mail and social media on the go and then start doing some writing. I love doing things in a slow pace without any rush but on the other hand I do need some pressure as well to keep me going.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Covid 19 has been a pain. I am very well aware that I should not complain since I still have a job which I could keep doing during those periods, and that fact that I haven’t lost anyone myself due to the virus. But sitting at home without ever leaving the house for 2 months was hard. My weeks all looked the same and I had no clue what day it was in the end. All I did was wake up, open laptop to work, eat, and go to bed. Day after day. Luckily that changed up a bit when we got a bit of our freedom back and I was able to leave the house every now and then. And of course I am (as everyone else) missing out on the concerts that I had planned. I was looking forward to finally do some fun things so much! But unfortunately they got cancelled or postponed to 2021/2022. But do keep your head up. If we take our responsibilities now, we can have fun later. It will get better!
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Keep streaming and listening to your favorite music. You have fun and you’re supporting your favorite artist at the same time. When possible buy singles or albums so they can keep creating new music for you. We all love doing that! And of course: Thanks for all the support so far. I am grateful to have such amazing fans!
How would you answer the question ..... Who is Cas Du Pree and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?
Wow, that’s a great question! Cas (it feels really weird to write this in the third person!) is an introvert young man that isn’t that different as a person or as an artist. When being an artist, Cas seems more in the moment and more extravert while in his personal life he is more of a planner.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
That is such a long time ago! In 1998 I bought my first album. It was the debut of the boyband 5ive and they were badass.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Believe in yourself and in what you can do. Don’t let anyone hold you back if this is really what you dream of. Learn, make mistakes and if those mistakes cannot be solved on your own somehow: Ask for help. Gather people that help you grow as an artist, in your craft and as a person. Be loyal to them. Also don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. Reshape your vision without losing it’s essence.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I would love to collaborate with Sia. She is dorky and masters the fine line between simply crazy and genius. I would love to get a peek of her processes, and maybe her crazy personality and my calm one might be an interesting fit. They say opposites attract right?
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Delta Goodrem – Born to try. Those lyrics apply so well to me and the piano is beautiful. It’s somehow similar to my own music so she has been an inspiration to me as well I guess.
What things make you uncomfortable?
It may sound strange saying this as an artist, but it makes me very uncomfortable being in the center of attention and getting compliments a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I am very much flattered when I get compliments but it also makes me uncomfortable.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Ok, this is getting very personal I guess. But you are going to find out eventually when I release my album. It would definitely have child abuse in it. Divorcing parents and the lack of a fatherfigure, but most of all: That everything came together and that I grew up to be a good man.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
This year has been amazing so far with the release of my debut single ‘A Better Me’. I had my first interviews ever and even got onto the radio and national television with my videoclip. I do hope to do way more of this and will release a new song in a few months. I will keep writing towards an album and when I think it’s taking too much time I might release a few covers of other artists on the way. I also hope to learn many new things in the writing process. There’s much to learn for me still.