(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #117: Casi

By on Thursday, 2nd March 2017 at 1:00 pm

As this year’s SXSW Music Festival rapidly approaches and our preview coverage kicks into high gear, we’re once again excited to bring you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. In today’s feature, we’ll be bringing you the answers from Welsh pop singer/songwriter Casi. I previously saw her perform as part of the Gorwelion Horizons / Music Wales showcase at Patterns (known in another life as Audio) on the Marine Parade in Brighton at The Great Escape 2015. I’m delighted that she’ll get her chance to show off her vocal chops in front of the punters of SXSW. Perhaps not too surprisingly for a young strong woman in music representing her region of the world, other female solo artists have figured prominently in her musical history. Read on…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Listen, to, it!

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Meeting the locals and meeting other artists.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I’d like to see Maggie Rogers. She seems cool.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ve just started reading Welsh post-punk band Datblygu frontman D. R. Edwards’ autobiography. It’s not unusual, but I’d be surprised if anyone else had packed it in their suitcase for SXSW. [Their Web site is entirely in Welsh, FYI… – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Anything that has passion fruit in it. [I’m sorry my dear, we don’t have passion fruit Rekordelig ::sob:: – Ed.]

What was your favourite album from 2016 and why?
ANOHNIM – ‘Hopelessness’: goes without saying.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
It will indeed. I’m really looking forward to it.

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I remember hearing ‘Myfanwy’ for the first time and being overwhelmed by its sadness and grandeur.

What was your favourite song as a child?
The Streets‘ ‘Dry Your Eyes (Mate)’.


What song makes you laugh?
Interesting question. U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. My friend and I keep dramatically messaging each other with chunks of the song’s lyrics when we reach existential points within our lives.

What song makes you cry?
Des’ree – ‘Kissing You’.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Lianne La Havas – ‘Lost & Found’.


What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Tecwyn Ifan – ‘Y Dref Wen’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Bat For Lashes – ‘Laura’.


Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Lana Del Rey is a great writer.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I feel I’d be a good teacher. Or an author.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Endaf Emlyn – ‘Salem’.

We thank the lovely Casi for indulging us with these answers and Max for sorting this out for us! Casi will be performing as part of the BBC Introducing / PRS for Music Foundation showcase at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 on Friday the 17th of March at 9 PM.

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