We caught up with the talented Cassidy Karon about what music is to him, his go-to outfit and his latest offering //80s Mercedes in this short feature.
How are you feeling at this moment, right now?
I am very at ease with myself and my growth, my spirituality is at an all time high, I’m relearning to love delicately and trust carefully. I’m spending more time engaging with my inner child, and unlearning old thought patterns that are outdated.
Culture. Children know to dance before they can walk. It’s the one true universal language.
Bob Marley once stopped a war for two days during which he had a performance.
That is the power of music.
A mantra you live by?
How you do anything is how you do everything.
Create a life you can be proud of.
First thing on your bucket list?
Looking at earth from outer space.
3 Qualities you look for in a (romantic) partner…
Your go to outfit?
Black shorts, slides, vest. I am huge on comfort.
Your favourite song to ever work on/produce?
Ou Regkommer. It’s a song on my album 80s Mercedes featuring my lifelong friend and business partner Toufi. Toufi and I were just in studio really having a true jam session after almost 2 years, no pressure of making a hit song or writing impactful lyrics, there were infact no lyrics written at all. Just Vibes Man. 🙂
Talk to us about your latest offering, //80s Mercedes…
My solo debut, 80s Mercedes, is about me just channeling all my influences, from hiphop, to pantsula, to disco, to pop and infusing that with my thinking of love and life in retrospect. Its about approaching my struggles in the most positive manner. Being the light in the dark. The car itself (1982 Mercedes Benz 230e), emits a high level of light because of the way the lights were designed, and that goes very well with the overall feel of the album – Light in the dark.
I’ve had so much bottled up, after going through 2 very difficult years in which I lost my mom and completely transformed my life. What I came to understand was that there was a whole community of people who had gone through or were going through what I was going through, and therefor my pain and experiences became more than just my own, it could possibly become the narrative of the time and space which I occupied. This was the reason why I had to centre my album around an era, an era that entirely influenced myself and my community, an era in which most people were still their most honest and unaffected or uninfluenced. A time in which music brought joy and solidarity amongst neighbours and fear wasn’t the central theme.
LISTEN TO 80s Mercedes ON DONLU AFRICA AND OTHER STREAMING SITES.