Andrew Cassara demands more bottom end in his irresistible disco workout Gimme More Bass — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“Gimme More Bass is one of those songs that kind of surprised me,” the Ottawa pop dynamo shares. “It happened so quickly; at the beginning, it was just a melody that was really catchy and it felt like, in the blink of an eye, it came to life. Growing up, I was the biggest Backstreet Boys fan and Gimme More Bass feels like I’m sticking to my roots, but that I’ve fused that ‘boy band’ pop sound with my love for retro funk and disco. It’s groove pop and it just feels like home to me.”
Fuelled by influences ranging from The Bee Gees to Jamiroquai — artists that also blur stylistic lines fluidly — both Gimme More Bass and his album Freak On Repeat (Deluxe) sound familiar but are impossible to pigeonhole.
“Creating this song, along with the rest of Freak on Repeat, has been one of the most liberating and eye-opening experiences of my life,” Cassara reflects. “I promised myself I would write with true authenticity, and tell the stories and feelings that make me who I am in that very moment. Making this album changed me as a person. When I tell you I laughed ‘till it hurt, that I cried, that I danced like a fool … I broke down, and I smiled more than I ever have in my life while making this record, and that’s what creating art is all about.”
Armed with previous releases including Lavender Feels and The Big Bang — as well as a series of singles — Cassara has performed in the U.S., South Korea, Singapore, Japan and Sweden. He’s slated to appear at Sweden’s Future Echoes Festival and Lithuania’s What’s Next In Music Fest this year, and has shared the stage with artists such as Shawn Mendes, Chromeo, Tyler Shaw, Lauv and more.
He has also headlined the Youth X Canada Tour, performing for and engaging with audiences at youth centres across Ontario in an effort to encourage young people to share their own stories and mental health struggles. “We owe it to ourselves to be fearless of judgement, to be our true selves, and to give ourselves the unconditional love we deserve,” he shares. “It’s something I’ve come to terms with, and I hope it resonates through my music.”