Cassimm is an artist who needs no introduction when it comes to making House music of the highest quality. With releases on the likes of Lapsus, Defected, SNATCH! and of course Toolroom, his signature is cemented as one of the finest in the global scene. He recently dropped by Toolroom HQ to catch up following the release of his latest sample pack in our trademark series.
All good thank you, it’s good to be here. Looking forward to chatting.
I have always been Into music since I can remember. My family was very music. My Dad’s a musician, my brother is a musician and my mum also loved it.
I used to play bass in a band, that was one of my first exposures to performing.
My earliest memory of dance music is a day when one of my friends bought me a cassette with a mixtape of Roger Sanchez on it. It was probably around 2003/2004. He played me the cassette and I was like ‘what is this?’ I hadn’t heard anything like it, I’d only really listened to the kind of stuff I was playing in my band.
I was fascinated by the way a DJ could entertain people by playing records themselves and that really resonated with what I wanted to do. From there, my journey began. I began learning how to mix records together. I then ditched playing in the band and got into doing.
I’m not afraid to admit that I like using loops when making records. It helps me to get ideas down quickly and keep the vibe going. For example, when producing drums, I love to cut sections of different loops and layer them together to create something unique. I don’t like to build drums from scratch you know, finding a particular snare and then a particular hi hat. It takes too long for me.
That’s a really hard question, nothing really springs to mind. I like all of my records because they are different to eachother. I never use the same template for each track but you’re still able to tell it’s me that’s made it.
I think it would definitely be to try and create your own sound. Of course it’s fine to take inspiration from other records but try to use your own sounds. This is the best bit of advice I can give a newcomer.
I’m the kind of artist that likes to jump from genre to genre. So you’ll be able to find more houses stuff aswell as some more techie stuff. It all represents me as an artist.
The sample library literally goes from almost disco to tech house.
This pack is a collection of my favourite samples that I’ve been using over the last year. Some of the sounds you can easily spot in some of my biggest records that I’ve put out.
In this pack, you’re going to find full drum loops that are totally broken down into the individual hits, you could totally rebuild the full groove if yo
I’m really enjoying Nausica’s stuff at the moment! I like her sound, it’s very fresh and tribally. It reminds me of summer. I’ve been playing a lot of her tracks in my sets. They always work well on the dance floor.
As for the rest of 2023, I have a lot of releases coming up and one I’ve been waiting a long time to come out. It’s signed to Claptone’s new label and I can’t wait for that to be released. It originally started out as a bootleg of a Loretta Holloway acapella but I had been playing it in my sets and it was working really well. It was great to be able to get it cleared.