Cazzi Opeia opens up about her musical inspiration and her exciting career.
Self described as "Marilyn Monroe gone bad," Cazzi Opeia makes pop dance music that sizzles.
The Swedish-born DJ and singer/songwriter's stage name comes from the star constellation "Cassiopeia" — the vain but beautiful queen of greek mythology — perfectly describing her dark glam music style. Following her collaboration with legendary K-Pop producer on the club hit, "Batman & Robin," Cazzi Opeia returns with "Rich," a track with pop influences and lilting vocals that still manages to stay true to the artist's EDM roots. Popdust got the chance to talk with Cazzi Opeia and hear about her journey to stardom, what influences her music, and more.
Hey Cazzi! How are you? What have you been up to recently?
Hii :) I'm good thanks! I've been traveling, making music in lots of different studios & meeting lots of new people!
What does music mean to you?
Music is my rescue. It never lets me down! Music is a vibration that can make you go from 0 feeling rubbish to a pure 10 feeling fabulous.
It's amazing what music can do to you.
Where did your interest in music stem from?
I noticed at an early age that I love to sing! I've always been encouraged by family to play in bands, join musicals and write songs. So it's kind of always been around me and I'm forever grateful for that!
Can you let us know a bit about your journey as an artist?
Since a young age I felt a hunger to be on stage and to entertain. I started to write my own pop songs at the age of 11 and have always enjoyed to dress shockingly and colorful to make an impression on people. I released my first single in 2010 and have since released a bunch of cool stuff and experimenting as an artist. I was also a member of a touring DJ house collective "Female DJ Revolution" together with 5 other girls, I was the vocalist in the group jamming to all the beats. But now I'm back being solo artist again, and I'm super excited about my new single 'Rich'.
What do you love about creating music?
I love the fact that you go to the studio in the morning to create something, usually together with people you really like, making the whole procedure together, doing it just the way we want to with no rules. Then at night when you go back home you can actually push play and have a listen to something that didn't exist hours earlier, something that YOU created. That gives me such a rush! A song will never disappear, when it's written it's always gonna be out there. And I think thats pretty darn cool.
What was your inspiration behind 'Rich'?
A while back some stuff happened in my life that made me stop and think about what is actually important to me. Life is so freaking short and we all got so much pressure from the world, society and media saying "Be successful, make money, reach for the top". And I realized that I'm most happy and blessed when I have my family and friends around, being surrounded by pure love is everything I need. I'm totally rich in love and that's an amazing thing.
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
Do you prefer performing at festivals or smaller venues?
I mean both are really nice gigs to have! Smaller venues gives you the opportunity to come close to your audience and get that intimate feeling, SO many times I've been performing at small night clubs and literally walked around on the dance floor with my mic singing and performing with the crowd. I also really enjoy to grab a mic and jump on a bar and sing while people ordering drinks ;-) Then again performing at festivals on big stages is one hell of a rush as well. One time I was performing at Isle Of MTV in front of 70 000 people, that was crazy!
Where can fans see you performing?
Follow me on social medias and I will keep you updated there.
Where would you love to perform?
Ever since back in the 90's when I saw a video of Queen performing at Wembley Stadium in London, that has been a big fantasy dream!! So my answer is Wembley Stadium.
How would you sum up your music in two words?
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The quarterback said "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country." And then he tried to apologize. And only made it worse.
Drew Brees, a man who makes literally millions of dollars for throwing a ball, has come under fire for insensitive comments he made about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.
"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said in the interview with Yahoo Finance. He clarified that this was in part because he envisioned his grandfathers, who fought in World War II, during the National Anthem. He continued, saying, "And is everything right with our country right now? No. It's not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together. We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution."
This isn't the first time Brees made it clear that he cares more for the idea of a make-believe unified America than he does for actual human lives. In 2016, he criticized Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the anthem, saying it was "disrespectful to the American flag" and "an oxymoron" because the flag gave critics the right to speak out in the first place.
Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest of racist police brutality
Of course, the flag's alleged ideals have been proven to only be applicable to wealthy, white men—men like Brees. Sure, his grandfathers did a noble thing when they fought under the US flag during WWII, and no one, including Kaepernick, has ever said that sacrifice isn't worth respecting. Thanks to the sacrifices of many people (including the enslaved Black backs upon which this country was built, including the scores of routinely abused Black soldiers who fought for American lives), America has offered opportunity and peace for many, many people. In particular, Ole' Glory has been very kind to men like Brees: rich, white men who still control the majority of the power and the wealth in the United States.
But what about the rest of us, Drew? What about George Floyd whose neck was crushed by a police officer who kneeled on him so casually that he didn't even take his hand out of his pocket? What about Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot for the crime of being Black and going for a jog? What about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was murdered by police in her home in the middle of the night for a crime that had nothing to do with her? What about Tony McDade, Drew–have you heard his name? Have you heard about the 38-year-old Black trans man who was gunned down in Florida last week? Do you understand why these people's family's may harbor just a bit of disrespect for your precious flag?
Is it possible for you to realize, Drew, that your wish for "unity" is not a wish for progress, but a wish to maintain the status quo? When you call for unity under the American flag, you're talking about your flag, the flag that represents a long, sordid history of racial oppression and violence. There is no unity where there is no justice. When you say that "we are all in this together," what you're saying is that we all have roles to play in the version of society that has served you so well. For your part, you'll be a rich, white man, and for Black people's part, they'll continue to be victims of state-sanctioned murders– but hopefully more quietly, hopefully in a manner that doesn't make you uncomfortable?
When you say, "We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution," what you mean to say is that POC and their allies are at fault. Sure, you probably agree that Derek Chauvin took it a bit too far, and you probably feel a little self-conscious that he's brought all this "Black rights" stuff up again. But when you say "all," you place blame on the victims who are dying under a broken system. And what, exactly, do you expect POC to do differently, Drew? Ahmaud Arbery was just out jogging, and still he died. George Floyd was just trying to pay a cashier, and still he died. POC and their allies try to peacefully protest by marching in the streets or taking a knee at a football game, and still white people condemn and criticize. Still the police shoot.
After much criticism, Brees did attempt an apology on Instagram, where he posted a hilariously corny stock photo of a Black and white hand clasped together. His caption, though possibly well-intentioned, made it even clearer that his understanding of the movement for Black lives is thoroughly lacking.
Highlights of the "apology" include his immediate attempt to exonerate himself from culpability, claiming that his words were misconstrued, saying of his previous statement: "Those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character." Unfortunately, Drew, white people like you are the "enemy," as you put it, because by default you are at the very least part of the problem. No one is accusing you of being an overt racist, Drew; no one thinks you actively and consciously detest Black people. But your lack of empathy, your apathy, and your unwillingness to unlearn your own biases are precisely what has persisted in the hearts and minds of well-meaning white Americans for centuries.
Next, you say, "I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the Black community in this movement." No, Drew. Just no. Black people don't need white people's savior complexes to interfere in their organizing; what they need is for us to shut up and listen. What they need is for us to get our knees off of their necks.
Finally, you say, "I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy." This, Drew, is suspiciously similar to saying, "But I'm one of the good whites!" The fact of the matter is that feeling the need to prove your allyship is not about helping a movement; it's about feeding your own ego. Not only that, but your emphasis on "ALWAYS" does a pretty good job of making it clear that you don't think you have a racist bone in your body and that you have taken great offense at any accusations to the contrary. I have some news for you, Drew: Every white person is racist. Sure, the levels vary, and while you may not be actively and consciously discriminating against POC, you have been brought up in a racist system, and your implicit biases are as strong as any other white person's. Your job now is to unlearn those biases and confront those subtle prejudices in yourself and in other white people. Maybe the first step in doing so is just shutting your f*cking mouth about kneeling at football games. Maybe you should even consider taking a knee yourself.
For other non-BIPOC trying to be better allies, check out one of these 68+ anti-racism resources.
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